Haley Bonar announces name change on International Women’s Day

Haley Bonar announces name change on International Women’s Day






Haley Bonar has chosen International Women’s Day to announce that she will officially adopt her mother’s maiden name and will now perform under the moniker HALEY. She explains her decision in the following statement:
An Act of Peace.

I was born in the 1980’s and without question, my sisters and I were given my father’s last name- a good, Scottish name that goes back centuries, and existed in the realm of our heritage until right around the time I was born, when the surname became strikingly similar to a slang term for an erection. Humiliation and degradation by cruel people has been a part of my life since childhood because of this (and whatever else about me that didn’t fit the “mould”), which I have fought by learning to tune out the harsh criticism and the art of correcting the mispronunciation.

Over the course of my career, I have released 9 albums and then some under my paternal name, and though I have enjoyed what I consider a fair amount of success, I have come to realise that my name is often a distraction, in a negative way, from the actual work itself. Of course, this isn’t new- but so often we have to arrive at something in order to look back. The arrival comes at a time when so much about the world feels uncertain, and because of that, the pull to morph into the fullest, most true version of myself is even more absolute.

I have been working my whole life at assimilating myself in the world as a woman, constantly questioning the social constructs that create the atmosphere surrounding the meaning of what it is to be female in modern society. One of the greatest lessons that I have learned has been firmly rooted in the relationship to the women in my family- as a mother, daughter, granddaughter, sister and niece. The strong women who have given me life, friendship, guidance, and support to always be myself, no matter what, have shaped who I am at my core, and with that, given me the ability to teach my daughter the same values.

These thoughts have drawn the path toward my decision to change my surname to reflect and honor my maternal family. Let’s face it folks, we all come from a vagina! The mother’s body does all of the work from conception, incubating a human being and painfully, beautifully birthing that human out into the world. The superpowers of a woman’s body are astonishing.

My grandfather’s name- McCallum- another name borne of sturdy, Scottish blood- means “a person of peace”. I want to be at peace with myself, as do most of us on a daily basis in life. I want to progress toward what feminism truly means to me by shedding a cultural custom that need not apply anymore. This seems like a positive way to change something about my roots without losing a part of myself or my lineage in the process. I want to lay to rest the association with trauma from my past, and the continuation of needless stress from judgement, in order to move forward.

With that being said, I understand that changing my name with regards to my history and the work I have created under my old name can be confusing to fans, or people trying to find my music. So, although my legal name will be Haley McCallum, I will be performing, writing, and recording henceforth under the name HALEY.

Thank you for supporting this very personal and joyful decision!

With Love, Haley.


“And Then He Kissed Me” (The Crystals cover)

HALEY, who recently released her latest album Impossible Dream (as Haley Bonar) through Memphis Industries, will tour the UK in March and April. The tour begins with an appearance at the BBC Radio 6 Music Festival in Glasgow. New single “Called You Queen”  was playlisted yesterday at 6 Music (the third single from Impossible Dream to be recognised in this way).
HALEY’s forthcoming tour follows a completely soldout UK visit last November, during which she  appeared on Later… with Jools Holland. Her Manchester show on 29th March has already sold out and with others set to follow suit. Only a few tickets remain for the rest of the tour, which culminates with a show at The Dome, London on 6th April). Michael Nau supports on all shows.


HALEY 2017 UK tour
24 March – Glasgow, BBC Radio 6 Music Festival [SOLD OUT] 27 March – Brighton, Komedia TICKETS
28 March – Nottingham, The Bodega Social Club TICKETS
29 March – Manchester, Night & Day Cafe [SOLD OUT] 31 March – Dublin, The Workman’s Club TICKETS
01 April – Liverpool, Central Library TICKETS
03 April – Newcastle, The Cluny TICKETS
04 April – Norwich, Norwich Arts Centre TICKETS
05 April – Bristol, Thekla TICKETS
06 April – London, The Dome TICKETS
Low Four live session

HALEY (as Haley Bonar) released Impossible Dream last year. It’s available on CD and limited edition teal vinyl from the Memphis Industries store as well as digitally via iTunes.

“Kismet Kill”

Impossible Dream finds the underrated Minnesotan in top form, mixing darkness and light with a deft touch” – NPR
“Haley Bonar’s Impossible Dream, the fine and discerningly lean album she has long threatened to make.” 4/5 Mojo
“This is a wonderful record – involving and irresistible” 4/5 Q
“I love this (“I Can Change”)”Sir Elton John
Impossible Dream full album stream (via NPR) http://www.npr.org/2016/07/28/486471942/first-listen-haley-bonar-impossible-dream

“I Can Change”



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