Auriol Hays was born and raised all over the Western Cape. She grew up listening to classical music and whatever her parents liked, be it Jim Reeves or Roger Whitaker. Yet, despite coming from a musical family where mum played piano and her brothers played guitar, Auriol kept her vocal talent and songwriting disguised.
A chance meeting with a songwriter / producer brought her début album, Behind Closed Doors into fruition and lead to her first South African Music Award nomination and SAMA performance with Tumi and The Volume and Marcus Wyatt. Her album was also chosen as one of the Top 20 albums of 2009 by the Sunday Times.
Aside from singing at numerous high end corporate and private venues, Miss Hays has since performed at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland and at numerous jazz festivals in and around South Africa. Her music has also been used on various movie and television soundtracks. Recently her song was used to launch the French international Cosmetics Range– Carrefour.
Her bands, all accomplished jazz musicians are all based in Cape Town. Her sophomore album CALL IT LOVE, Anima Sola is a raw, open love letter that delves into all the emotional intricacies and vulnerabilities one faces when love goes wrong. The term Anima Sola means ‘the forsaken soul’ and is that dark place many people in relationships often find themselves. The track ‘A Better Man’ that’s currently making waves on national radio stations deals with one aspect of that relationship; betrayal. CALL IT LOVE, Anima Sola is available on ITUNES