I’m Rick Hayes, a songwriter. I like to write in general, mostly fiction, but writing songs is what I’m best at. I produced a CD a few years ago. Here is a picture of the cover.

There are almost 500 of these out in the world. If you have one, or you have heard my songs on Youtube, or even live, I would love to hear from you.

Here is a bio someone helped me write a while back. I find it funny that it’s written from an outsider’s point of view, when I wrote it myself. And everyone knows this about bios, but we all pretend.

Rick Hayes was born in Newfoundland and grew up in a tiny town by the water. His father showed him a few chords and Rick took it from there. At around age fifteen, Rick started writing songs. Many of his songs are born from a feeling of Newfoundland as a good place to have grown up, and reflect the kind of music he loves. Johnny Cash, Hank Williams, and their ilk were played on the radio as he grew up, along with all the music that Newfoundland had to offer. Mainly old Country and Newfoundland Folk inspire Rick to write songs, and to sing them for others. A while back he recorded a CD called Songs and Companions which contains a dozen of his songs, many of them inspired by his musical friends.

I was born on Newfoundland Island, Canada, in 1976. I grew up with much partying going on around me. There are pictures of me before the age of one with cigarettes hanging out of my mouth. Taken around the same time are pictures of me with someone holding a beer bottle up to my lips. Those were different times. You could still smoke in hospitals. The world was different too. That was the year before they stopped using the guillotine in France. Seems like that should have happened long before then, but maybe that’s just me.