Hayes has a coy and coquettish voice, lazy and sensual as Quaaludes and honey ... this singer has great things to say and the chops to say them.”
This review by C. Michael Bailey from the website, All About Jazz, beautifully summarizes the vocal qualities of Australian vocalist, Pippa Hayes. Born in the Cook Islands and based out of Queensland, music has been a part of her life since she was a young child. As Hayes recalls:
“One of my earliest memories was of my mother singing lullabies with a baby in her arms...I remembered then it would've been a moment of respite for her as she was a busy person.”
As she continued to grow, more music would be introduced into Hayes’ life, largely thanks to her Nanna. It was her who pointed out to a young Pippa how to listen to individual voices in church choirs and through her own singing, introduced a growing young mind to the music of Irving Berlin and George & Ira Gershwin. Listening turned to performing as Hayes began singing “God Save The Queen” during assemblies at her primary school
Hayes’ love for music led to her delving into the work of many of the composers that her Nanna had introduced her to as a child. From there, she went on to discover other musicians and vocalists whose work she loved, including the jazz work of Louis Armstrong, and the classical cello playing of Jacqueline du Pre. In terms of vocalists, Hayes found herself drawn to famed singers Maria Callas, Joan Sutherland, Kirsten Flagstad, Jerome Hines and Luciano Pavarotti.