Guitarist, composer, arranger and producer Chance Hayden has sustained an active presence throughout Portland, Oregon since 2005. His talent continuously extends to diverse acclaimed artists such as Darrell Grant, Farnell Newton, Andy Stokes, Lindsey Webster, Maimouna Youssef and Mycle Wastman. Hayden garnered international exposure touring throughout fifteen countries alongside Jarrod Lawson, highlights involving Holland’s North Sea Jazz Festival, Japan’s Billboard Live and an exclusive birthday celebration for Stevie Wonder.
Hayden’s talent as a composer has charted through his self-released debut, The Family Tree, from which multiple songs appeared within the acclaimed BET television series Being Mary Jane and Sony Pictures' #1 box office film The Perfect Guy. Furthermore, Hayden's musicality is known through an ongoing video series, Peace House Sessions, in which he has produced celebrated artists including Snarky Puppy guitarist Mark Lettieri and former backup singer to Prince, Liv Warfield.
As a Portland State University Jazz Studies graduate, Hayden's guitar stylings are well informed through the jazz tradition while equally matched with influence of funky rhythm players a la Curtis Mayfield and Cornell Dupree to story-telling bluesmen such as B.B. King and Johnny Guitar Watson. Hayden's sophomore album and label debut, Get Somethin' (Ropeadope / Atlanta Records), forwards his authentic approach in the jazz-funk idiom.
Quick and skilled -Jazz Times
Highly accomplished -Soul Brother Records
Fine guitar work.... always-compelling -SoulTracks
“Chance Hayden keeps the musical gifts coming.” -SoulBounce
“A welcome guest on all stages. Jazz, funk, blues, r&b, soul- you name it, he'll play it ... always with a touch
of his own, always revealing certain references to the traditions of the jazz guitar.” -Sonic Soul