During a sold out live-streamed concert hosted by Destination Country, country/pop duo Haley & Michaels announced that ‘Hail Mary’, the fan-favourite and album title track, will be their next radio single in the UK & Europe.
The song follows ‘Drinking About You’, which has been played on BBC Radio 2 and performed in a special acoustic performance as part of the station’s Country Festival special hosted by Bob Harris, along with airplay from Chris Country and Country Hits Radio, who featured the duo as Baylen Leonard’s Country Champion earlier this year.
The defiant, uplifting track, performed live on NBC’s TODAY show late last year to coincide with the album release, might just be what the world needs to hear in these difficult times, and its message resonates throughout not one, but two official music videos released over the last few months, both with their own unique stories. The first is accompanied by clips from the Netflix film Walk, Ride, Rodeo, on which ‘Hail Mary’ appeared as part of the soundtrack and trailer; and the second is a more traditional music video, that shows yet another side to them.
Just over a year ago, the song’s inclusion on Walk, Ride, Rodeo marked the first time fans got to hear ‘Hail Mary’, and it has since been streamed millions of times across the world. The biopic tells the true story of championship rodeo barrel racer Amberley Snyder who defied the odds, returning to the sport after barely surviving a car crash that left her paralysed. Haley & Michaels, along with Snyder, have now announced plans to host an online Netflix Party in May during which fans can watch the film together and ask questions about the project in real time – details to follow.
Although the husband and wife duo – Shannon Haley & Ryan Michaels – are now based in Nashville, they both grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, and they still consider the 49ers their hometown team, particularly relevant with the NFL Draft going ahead this weekend (23rd-25th April), albeit remotely due to the current social distancing measures. The video was produced by the 49ers and shot at Levi’s Stadium, and the team selected the track as their official song for the 2019-20 season.
The couple also recently announced in an exclusive piece on People that they are expecting a baby girl, sharing an image that highlights their shared love of the Star Wars movies, holding a “Baby Jedi” t-shirt ready for the new addition to their family!
Named one of Rolling Stone’s “Artists You Need to Know” and featured as an “Undeniable Artist of 2019” by radio personality Ty Bentli, Nashville-based country duo Haley & Michaels are known for their strong, blended vocal harmonies and their relatable lyrics. Capturing the vision of both Shannon Haley and Ryan Michaels, they sharpen a fresh, arena-size sound and embody what it means to be a pure duo on stage and off.
Introduced by a mutual friend in Nashville, the two musicians unassumingly met up for coffee and bonded over their lifelong passions for country music, discovering that they grew up just three miles apart from one another. Carving out a style of their own, the pair breathed new life into country with stadium size spark and powerful pop palatability, striking a chord immediately with audiences everywhere.
Following their emergence with the breakout single “Giving It All (To You),” the independent pair has generated over 40 million online streams in addition to landing on marquee Spotify playlists such as New Music Friday, New Boots and Wild Country. Along the way, they have performed three times on NBC’s “TODAY”, earning a fan in Hoda Kotb, and have shared the stage with the likes of Entertainer Of The Year Jason Aldean, Dan + Shay, Sam Hunt, Chris Young and Old Dominion.
After signing to Sony/ATV’s label imprint, Hickory Records, they dove headfirst into creating their first full-length studio album, titled “Hail Mary”. Following the title track’s original debut in the Netflix film Walk. Ride. Rodeo, the song was picked up by the duo’s hometown San Francisco 49ers with a music video directed and produced by the team leading to a Monday Night Football halftime performance in October at Levi’s Stadium.
The duo finished 2019 as the most added country artists on Billboard and they are on the rise with recent features in TIME, The New York Times, Washington Post and USA Today.