Hailey Benedict


 Hot off her heels of performing her original song "Clean Slate" for country super star Keith Urban and almost 20,000 fans at the new Rogers arena, 15 year old Hailey Benedict has emerged onto the Canadian country music scene as a talented young singer/songwriter to watch. Recognized as the youngest winner to date of the Association of Country Music Alberta (ACMA) Fan’s Choice Award, Hailey is also a two time 2017 Canadian Songwriting semi-finalist, 2017 Edmonton Music Award Finalist, 2016 Global Country Canada youth winner as well as a five-time 2017 North America Country Music Association International Youth Award winner, including Female Vocalist, Most Promising Youth Female Entertainer (New Country) and two international awards for songwriting.


Throughout the past 5 years, Hailey’s diversity in vocal training has enabled her to entertain in a wide array of several large-scale productions. She's performed at nearly every major performance venue in Edmonton including Rogers Place (Keith Urban), Rexall/Northlands (CFR), Winspear (Crescendo), Jubilee Auditorium, (Edmonton Singing Christmas Tree) and Commonwealth Stadium (Edmonton Eskimos).  Hailey has also had the opportunity to open for numerous acclaimed country music artists including Lindsay Ell, Alee, Codie Prevost, Twoshine County and Autumn Hill.  Most recently, Hailey captured the grand prize titles in both the 2017 K-Days Talent Search and 2017 Big Valley Jamboree’s ATB Homegrown Talent Stage competition where she won the opportunity to perform on main stage and open for country music headliners Chris Young and Jason Aldean.


Hailey’s love and passion for songwriting also continue to grow and receive provincial and national recognition. Highlighted as the youngest three-time, Top 10 ACMA nominee and youngest winner of both the 2014 ACMA Fan’s Choice award and 2016 and 2017 Brad Roy Songwriting Award ("Clean Slate" & "Someday"), Hailey was also honoured to receive a special Honorable Mention for her original song “Clean Slate” in the 2016 Yahama “Keys to the JUNOs” National Songwriting Contest. This past August, Hailey was also selected as the first ever Country 106.5 FM Star Search winner and earned a professionally recorded song to be played on radio. Her song "Clean Slate" debuted #43 on the iTunes top selling Country song chart on it's first day of release. 


As Hailey celebrates the success of her first radio single release, she is also celebrating accolades earned from a recent trip to Nashville, Tennessee as the junior winner of Global Country Canada. Hailey was thrilled to have the opportunity to compete in the acclaimed International (North America Country Music Associations International (NACMAI) country music competition held in Pigeon Forge, TN and walked away with five International awards in the 13-16 year Youth, New Country category including Female Vocalist, Most Promising Female Entertainer as well as two songwriting awards for her originals “Clean Slate” and patriotic ballad “Dare to be a Hero”. While there, she also had the opportunity to sing on stage at the historically acclaimed Grand Ole Opry and Ryman Auditorium and was thrilled to be invited on stage to perform twice at the World Famous Tootsies stage on Nashville’s Broadway Boulevard. 


Whether in person or in song, Hailey also remains committed to utilizing her vocal talents to help promote and support local charities and fundraisers. As proceeds from her first iTunes released original song, “Dare to be a Hero”, have been earmarked for donations towards special programs and services supporting first responders, Hailey also continues to personally support the fundraising efforts of many other high profile community fundraisers dealing with such global issues as poverty, homelessness, violence prevention, mental health and cancer. Hailey continues to volunteer her time and talents and hopes that through music that she can help bring voice and light to these many important issues. As a result of her personal achievements and philanthropic efforts in the community, Hailey was honoured earlier this year as one of the youngest ever Global Woman of Vision award recipients.


This fall, Hailey is excited to be performing in several showcases being held during CCMA week including Sirroma Entertainment’s ‘Diamond’s in the Rough Showcase’, as well as Katavello Entertainment Group's ‘Somewhere in Alberta Emerging Artist Showcase’ and looks forward to releasing two new singles in the near future.


Awards & Recognition History

  • 2017 Big Valley Jamboree ATB Homegrown Talent Stage Grand Winner  (Performed main stage & opened for Chris Young & Jason Aldean)
  • 2017 K-Days Talent Search Youth Grand Prize Winner 
  • 2017 North America Country Music Associations International (NACMAI) country music competition 5 time award winner (Youth 13-16 – New Country) including: International Female Vocalist, International Most Promising Female Entertainer, International Patriotic Songwriter of the Year (“Dare to be a Hero”), Most Promising International New Country Songwriter of the Year (“Clean Slate”) and International New Country Female Duo 
  • 2017 Canadian Songwriting Under 18 Semi-Finalist (“Clean Slate” & “Someday”)
  • 2017 Edmonton Music Awards Rising Star (18 under) nominee & People’s Choice Nominee
  • 2017 BVJ Production World Junior Songwriting Stage Artist (Aug. 2017)
  • 2017 & 2016 St. Albert Mayor’s Celebration of the Arts  - Youth Artist Award Nominee 
  • 2016 Top 10 Association of Country Music in Alberta Fan’s Choice Nominee
  • Original Song "Clean Slate" debuted #43 on iTunes top selling Country singles chart  
  • Performed original song "Clean Slate" for Keith Urban & 20,000 fans at Roger's Place Arena (Sept. 16, 2016) 
  • 2016 Country 106.5 Star Search Winner
  • 2016/17 Global Woman Vision recipient
  • Canada Day opener for CCMA nominee Codie Prevost
  • 2016 Yamaha Keys to the JUNO’s National Songwriting Contest Honorable Mention (Original - "Clean Slate")
  • 2016 Rotary Music Festival Brad Roy Songwriting Award & Scholarship 
  • 2016 Rotary Music Festival Intermediate Musical Theatre Award (16 & under) 
  • 2015 Association of Country Music In Alberta (ACMA) Top 5 Fan’s Choice Nominee
  • 2015 ACMA Awards Presenter for ‘Female Artist of Year ‘ Award
  • 2015 Big Valley Jamboree Homegrown Talent Youth Finalist and People’s Choice Winner
  • 2014 Association of Country Music in Alberta (ACMA) Fan’s Choice Winner (Youngest winner to date)
  • 2014 Big Valley Jamboree Homegrown Talent Stage Junior Showcase Winner 
  • Edmonton Eskimos Fresh New Voice Contest Anthem Singer (Sept. 26, 2014 – 42,000 game fans)
  • 2014 Edmonton Youth Talent Show Junior Vocalist (Grand Prize winner)
  • St. Albert Rotary Music Festival Junior Vocal Award (2014 & 2015) 
  • St. Albert Rotary Music Festival Provincial Recommendation Award (2013-2015) 
  • Top 8 All-Albertan Songwriting Finalist (2013)  - Original Song “My Sweet Alberta Home” 
  • 2014 D.A.R.E Role Model & Leadership Award
  • Alberta Provincial Rotary Music Festival Award - 2nd Place (2013 & 2014) - Musical Theatre Solo 
  • St. Albert Rotary Music Festival Junior  (12 & under) Musical Theatre Award (2012 & 2013) 
  • K-Days Talent Search Finalist – Original Song (2013 & 2014)
  • Future’s Fest Junior Award Winner  (2013)
  • St. Albert Kid’s Idol Winner (2012) 


Email: thatsmehrb@gmail.com
Local songwriters reach finals of Alberta-wide contest

By: Anna Borowiecki In Hailey Benedict’s short life, she’s reached quite a few singing goals. This past Monday she added one more notch to her belt. Her dream of being recognized as a songwriter is finally coming true. Benedict, 11, received notification that her song, My Sweet Alberta Home, wa...
St. Albert girls make impression at Big Valley Jamboree

By: Alex MacPherson St. Albert was well represented at the ATB Homegrown Talent Competition at the hugely popular Big Valley Jamboree last weekend. Hailey Benedict, 12, took first place in the 12 and under category and Julia Nicholson, 16, placed third in the under 18 category. Hailey won ov...
St. Albert’s singing Christmas angel

St. Albert has its very own singing Christmas angel. Her name is Hailey Benedict, and her voice can make you smile. This year Hailey is taking the stage at the Jubilee Auditorium in The Singing Christmas Tree, one of Edmonton’s most spectacular Christmas shows. Not only is she in the choir, but sh...
St. Albert and Sturgeon residents win ACMA awards

St. Albert and Sturgeon residents win ACMA awards Wednesday, Feb 04, 2015 06:00 am By: Anna Borowiecki More Sharing Services St. Albert's Hailey Benedict takes home the Fan Choice Award from the Association of Country Music in Alberta for her song My Sweet Alberta Home. The award ceremony ...
Canada Day concert salutes fallen heroes

Canada Day concert salutes fallen heroes Saturday, Jun 27, 2015 06:00 am By: Anna Borowiecki Comments    |    A A Hailey Benedict, winner of the Fan Choice Award from the Association of Country Music in Alberta, sings Dare to Be a Hero at St. Albert's Canada Day concert. Supplied pho...
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http://www.stalbertgazette.com/article/Chatter-20151216 Chatter Wednesday, Dec 16, 2015 06:00 am Hailey Benedict, a young rising star with roots in musical theatre, country and roots music, is a soloist at The Edmonton Singing Christmas Tree running Dec. 17 to 20 at the Jubilee Auditorium. S...
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Keith Urban Pulls 14-Year-Old Fan On Stage To Perform The Huffington Post Alberta   |  BySarah Rieger Email Posted: 09/19/2016 3:11 pm EDT  Updated: 09/19/2016 3:12 pm EDT  X Share0 Tweet 0 Comment0 An Alberta teen's dream came true Friday when she got the chance to perform ...
St. Albert teen amazes with a spontaneous performance at Keith Urban's concert

http://www.stalbertgazette.com/article/St-Albert-teen-amazes-with-a-spontaneous-performance-at-Keith-Urbans-concert-20160921 St. Albert teen amazes with a spontaneous performance at Keith Urban's concert Wednesday, Sep 21, 2016 06:00 am By: Anna Borowiecki Comments    |    A A Country su...
Hailey Benedict: an unstoppable force

Hailey Benedict holds the 2017 trophy as winner of the youth category K-Days Talent Search. SUPPLIED A new K-Days Talent Show winner has been crowned – St. Albert country-pop singer Hailey Benedict, 14. The win came as a surprise to Benedict who had participated in the talent competition ...
Edmonton Eskimos Anthem Singer
BVJ Production World Songwriters' Workshop
CIBC Run for the Cure - Opening Theme song
CNIB AB- Concert in the Dark
Canadian Finals Rodeo (CFR) Anthem Singer
CFR Outdoor kick off event (performer)
Rising Star Tuesdays - Headliner
Edmonton Singing Christmas Tree - Soloist
Sirroma Entertainment's 'Diamonds in the Rough Showcase'

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