Hayley McKay of Darlington is a finalist at the American Music Awards

Hayley McKay, FROM DARLINGTON, is beaming after finding out she was in the final of an international music awards ceremony.

Still atop last month’s win as British Artist of the Year at the Hot Country TV Awards in Ireland, Hayley is now finalist in six categories at the International Singer-Songwriters Awards held in Atlanta, USA. United.

The categories for which Hayley is in the final are;

  • singer of the year
  • rising star
  • Bachelor of the Year
  • Songwriter of the Year
  • Music Video of the Year
  • Emerging artist

Hayley McKay and Jonnie Bunce performing at the Forum Music Center in Darlington

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Hayley nominated herself and went on to shout out on social media asking her friends, family and fans to vote for her and she was stunned by the huge response she received.

Hayley said: “I was quite shocked actually but really buzzed. It would be amazing to go to Atlanta, but obviously the flights are so expensive.

“I was amazed at how many people took the time to vote and I made it to the final because of it. I also got lots of lovely messages which was really nice.

The International Singer Songwriters Association is an organization representing unsigned artists worldwide and the awards ceremony takes place at the Sandy Springs Performing Arts Center in Atlanta, Georgia in August.

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Hayley explained that it might be difficult for her to travel to the United States for the awards ceremony, but hopes to organize concerts there to make it worthwhile.

She said: “It depends if I can get the funding. Obviously, country music is huge in America so I would love to organize shows in Memphis and Charleston.

“As the audience voted, it kind of means more because I know my music is reaching more people and people are really enjoying my music, which is what it’s really about.”

Hayley also teaches singing and when her young students at the Stillington Music Club heard the news, they cheered.

The Northern Echo: Hayley and her music students from the Stillington Music Club in North Yorkshire.  They were thrilled for Hayley when she broke the news to themHayley and her music students from the Stillington Music Club in North Yorkshire. They were thrilled for Hayley when she broke the news to them

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As the only English musician to be awarded, Hayley is delighted to be nominated at such a prestigious event.

Last weekend, April 30, Hayley performed at The Sage in Gateshead, supporting Danni Nicholls. She will also perform at Hardwick Live with her band on August 20.

To find out more about Hayley’s music, visit hayleymckay.co.uk or visit her social media pages @hayleymckaymusic.

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