Chance Hayden is a versatile musician bringing bright color to Portland's vibrant music scene. On any given day he can be found performing and presenting live music, teaching guitar lessons, scoring charts and producing songs in the studio. In a city filled with great talent, he has distinguished himself by showing "the attitude necessary to thrive in the music world" (Darrell Grant).
Hayden's flexible approach to a music career is mirrored through his work as a guitarist, where he brings a wide palate of influences and a wealth of awareness to every project. Chief among the qualities he's become known for are his tasteful approach, well-rounded Fender tones and sense for playing parts that service the song. His journey with the guitar began at age eight and it has since been the guide to his most esteemed accomplishments.
After receiving numerous performance awards during high school and graduating with an Associates of Arts degree already completed, Hayden received scholarships to attend Portland State University’s Jazz Studies program. Throughout his studies, and since earning his Bachelor of Music from PSU, he's been warmly embraced into Portland's music scene garnering vast recognition as a standout talent. He cut his teeth appearing with jazz luminaries including Diane Schurr, Bill Watrous, Terrell Stafford, Tom Grant, Bobby Torres, Devin Phillips, Reggie Houston, David Goldblatt, Richard Arnold, Darrell Grant and Shelly Rudolph.
While his musical education rests in jazz, Hayden's mature adaptability has kept him in demand to a broader range of artists including Gretchen Mitchell, Will West, Colin Lake, Justin Klump, Jack McMahon and Portland Music Award winner Redwood Son. While co-producing Redwood Son's double-disc debut, The Lion's Inside, light shined upon Hayden's most desired direction as an artist in his own right. "I came to realize that the sound I want to become known by isn't just any one strict sound, rather a contemporary blend of styles and a mix of influences all my own" says Hayden.
Some of Hayden's earliest listening was flooded with blues, southern rock and r&b artists who were staples of his once Georgia based family. Though the family relocated to the pacific northwest soon after Hayden's birth, the clout of this music followed suit. "My father would take me to the Waterfront Blues Festival in Portland every summer. I feel as though I grew up there, getting an eclectic dose of blues, r&b and soul which are genres that have never relinquished throughout all of my various listening. I have often felt the deepest connection with these stylings and I've sought to channel that in the guitar work of The Family Tree, while the overall vibe of the songs embraces a modern rock/pop feel" says Hayden.
Those keeping an eye on Hayden can expect to see some significant forward motion in the coming year. He plans to perform in support of his debut album while maintaining an full workload under the musical umbrella and keeping himself open for new opportunities with other artists.