Hailey Benedict


Captivating a worldwide audience after performing her original song ‘Clean Slate’ for country super star Keith Urban and nearly 20,000 fans at Rogers Place Arena, 16 year old Hailey Benedict continues to forge her own independent, impressive mark as a rising talent in the Canadian Country music industry. Recognized in 2014 as the youngest winner of the Association of Country Music in Alberta (ACMA) Fan’s Choice Award, this dynamic, guitar wielding singer/songwriter was named as one of this year’s Top 10 Canadian Songwriting Competition youth finalists, as well as a five-time North America Country Music Association International Youth Award winner, including Female Vocalist and Most Promising Female Entertainer and Songwriter of the Year (New Country & Patriotic).

At just 16, Hailey has already performed for numerous large-scale events including the Alberta Country Music Awards, Big Valley Jamboree, Seven Music Fest, the Canadian Finals Rodeo and John Cameron Changing Live's Production of Crescendo and the Edmonton Singing Christmas Tree. She’s been invited to sing twice at Tootsie’s World Famous Orchid Lounge in Nashville, TN and most recently, Hailey represented both the ACMA and Sirroma Entertainment’s ‘Diamonds in the Rough’ Artist Showcases during the 2018 Canadian Country Music Association Week in Hamilton, ON. As the 2017 Road to main stage winner at Big Valley Jamboree, Hailey won the opportunity to open for Jason Aldean and Chris Young and has had the privilege to open for several other internationally recognized country music artists including Lindsay Ell, Gord Bamford, Doc Walker, Codie Prevost and The Hunter Brothers. Most notably, Hailey received international attention when a video of her impromptu original performance for Keith Urban went viral reaching more than 10 million combined views to date. 

 As she works on her much anticipated release of her 4th single (a catchy & empowering song about resiliency produced by Dan Davidson & Ari Rhodes from Hands Up Music), Hailey also remains committed to working hard and lending her voice and music to help support numerous fundraisers and charitable initiatives. A strong advocate for mental health and anti-bullying, Hailey has also helped support a large number of charitable foundations such as The Stollery Children’s Hospital, CASA, Santa’s Anonymous, CNIB and the CIBC Run for the Cure. As a result of her personal achievements and philanthropic efforts in the community, Hailey received the biggest honour of her young life when she was recognized in 2017, alongside former Canadian Prime Minister, Rt. Hon. Kim Campbell and 11 other inspiring women, as one of the youngest ever Global (TV) Woman of Vision award recipients.


Career Highlights & Recognitions

  • Top 10 Canadian Songwriting Competition Youth Finalist –'Crazy' (2018) & two-time semi-finalist (2017) 
  • The Mic Awards - Songwriter of the Year & Song of the Year 'Crazy' (2018)
  • ACMA at CCMA & Sirroma Entertainment 'Diamonds in the Rough' Emerging Artist CCMA Week Showcase Performer (2018)
  • Lieutenant Governor Distinguished Young Artists Award - City of St. Albert (2018)
  • Alberta Men & Women of Country Music Rising Star Award (2018)
  • Three-time Brad Roy Songwriting Award Recipient (2016-2018)
  • Alberta Country Music Awards - Official Award show performer (2018)
  • Top 5 ACMA Horizon Youth Award & Fan’s Choice Official Nominee (2018)
  • 2017 Big Valley Jamboree ATB Homegrown Talent Stage Grand Winner - performed main stage opening for Country headliners  Jason Aldean & Chris Young
  •  K-Days Talent Search Youth Winner (2017)
  • Five-time North America Country Music Associations International (NACMAI) Youth winner 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') & International New Country Female Duo (Hannah Gaszo) - Pigeon Forge, TN, USA (2017)
  • Big Valley Jamboree Production World Junior Songwriter’s Stage & ACMA VIP Stage Artist (2016-12017)
  • Global Woman of Vision recipient (2017)
  • Edmonton Police Service Chief Recognition for Outstanding Service - Presented by Chief Rod Knecht (2017)
  • St. Albert Mayor’s Celebration of the Arts  - Youth Artist Award Nominee (2016-2018)
  • Two-time Edmonton Music Award Nominee – Rinsing Star & People’s Choice (2017)
  • Original Song 'Clean Slate' debuted #43 on iTunes top selling Country singles chart (Oct 2017)
  • Performed original song 'Clean Slate' for Keith Urban & 20,000 fans at Roger's Place Arena (Sept. 16, 2016) 
  • Country 106.5 Star Search Winner (2016)
  • Yamaha Keys to the JUNO’s National Songwriting Contest Honorable Mention - 'Clean Slate' (2016)
  • Global Country Canada Youth Winner (2016)
  • ACMA Top 5 Fan’s Choice Nominee (2015)
  • ACMA Fan’s Choice Winner (2014)
  • Big Valley Jamboree Homegrown Talent Stage Junior Showcase Winner (2014)
  • Edmonton Eskimos Fresh New Voice Contest Anthem Singer (Sept. 26, 2014 – 42,000 game fans)
  • Top 8 All-Albertan Songwriting Finalist (2013)  - Original Song “My Sweet Alberta Home” 




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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...
Singing Christmas Tree (Soloist- Hailey Benedict)

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...
Keith Urban Pulls 14-Year-Old Fan On Stage To Perform

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'
Opener for Doc Walker - Tim Horton's North Stage
BVJ Homegrown Talent Stage
Sirroma Entertainment "Diamonds in the Rough' Showcase (CCMA week)
LUMEN - Rising Star performance
Shikaoi Exchange Entertainment (Private function)
Opener for Don Amero
Opener for Gord Bamford (with JoJo Mason guest)

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