Isaac Hayden

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Isaac Hayden moved to Nashville in the spring of 2009 to begin work on his latest project, which released in September of 2014.  Produced by Sam Brooker, member of critically acclaimed folk duo ‘Sam & Ruby’ and proprietor of Artist Revolution Records, the album debuted on iTunes New & Noteworthy Chart. The eponymous album features Nashville and national talent like The Mccrary Sisters, Jeremy Lister, Jimmy Wallace, Daniel Ellsworth, Jared Kneale, Jerry Navarro, Tyler Cain, and many more.

Raised in The San Juan Islands of Washington state, and Jackson, Wyoming, Isaac started writing songs while at college in Spokane.  10 years later, those songs and his captivating live performance garnered him opening spots for artists like Martin Sexton, Keb Mo’, Tony Joe White, Fitz & The Tantrums, Rickie Lee Jones, Chuck Prophet, Shelly Fairchild, and Sam & Ruby.  In 2013, Isaac signed an artist development and publishing deal with Artist Revolution Records.  Artist Revolution is also the publisher of country duo Florida Georgia Lines' record setting song "Cruise." 

After his album release, Nashville’s WRLT Lightning 100 radio station selected Isaac to headline one of their weekly "Sunday Night Live" shows, which is broadcast Live throughout Music City.  Lightning 100 also featured Isaac as the local spotlight artist of the week, landing his songs ‘Cruel World’ and ‘Emily’ in the popular stations’ rotation.  

Isaac is currently residing back in Wyoming, working on recording new music in his tiny cabin near Kelly, Wyoming.  He releases his most recent song, "Lighthouse," in August 2018.


Being raised in two distinct places like the San Juan Islands in Washington State, and in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, must've made for an interesting childhood.  What was it like? 

“Growing up on an island was incredible.  Me and my buds would hang on the docks and catch shrimp, build tunnels and forts through the vines in the forest, or help my Mom pick blackberries for her famous jam.  It was a magical place.  When my family moved to Wyoming, it was a whole new kind of magic... wide open, and big.”

 You began learning guitar while attending a small liberal arts college in Spokane where you also played for the basketball team. How did your transition to being a full time musician come about? 

“A good friend in Wyoming heard me playing guitar and singing a couple of my songs. I was crashing at his place and playing quietly behind a closed door, as I was pretty shy about the music. He offered to record a demo for me, and after some convincing I went and recorded six songs.  He turned the bathroom into a vocal booth, and I was hooked!  That was my start in music.  I started writing songs more proactively from that point on, and I started playing shows.  It was an exciting time for me because no one I knew really thought of me as a musician, so there was a lot of 'What!? I didn’t know you could sing!'"

You took some time to travel landing in several different cities including San Diego, before calling Nashville home in 2009.  What was your first impression of Music City? 

“When I moved here, I went the Bluebird Cafe one night to see what the deal was. I listened to four songs by four different songwriters, the last of whom was Eric Paslay.  He was awesome.  I went home immediately after his song and started writing. It was going to take a lot of work for me to succeed.  The level of artistry in Nashville is truly remarkable, and the commitment to the craft of songwriting is inspiring.”

That hard work eventually started to pay off, landing you opening spots for some great artists like Keb Mo and Fits & The Tantrums.   What is your live show like? 

“I usually play as a solo act, although I was fortunate to cross paths with a great Australian drummer, Jared Kneale, a few years back.  Jared has an incredible style to his playing which takes the music to a whole different place.  Occasionally, my awesome afro wearing flying hawaiian buddy Jerry Navarro joins us on Bass.  Whatever the setup, I love to perform this music." 

When asked what he loves most about playing live, Isaac says, "getting to the place where I'm able to perform with the same energy and emotion that I feel exists in the song."  It's a testament to the value he puts on human emotion.  And that's just what fans will hear in Isaac's music. 









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Recorded @ The Jar Hole
Nashville, TN
Engineered by Mike Odmark

Additional recording @ Creative Caffeine
Nashville, TN
Engineered by Bobby Holland

Additional recording @ Loftsounds
Brooklyn, NY
Engineered by Kevin Augsburg


Drums/Percussion: Jared Kneale
Bass: Jerry Navarro
Keys & Accordion: Jimmy Wallace
Keys on “She’s Gone”: Daniel Ellsworth
Electric Guitar: Tyler Cain
Pedal Steel & Dobro: Smith Curry
Acoustic Guitar & Vocals: IH
Horns: Quentin Ware & Doug Moffet
Violin & String arrangements: Zach Casebolt
Cello: Lindsey Smith-Trostle
BGV’s: The Mccrary Sisters, Jeremy Lister
     Sam Brooker

Musicians on “Maybe”
Drums: Adam Bokesch
Bass: David ‘DayDay’ Jennings
Electric Guitar: Brian Campbell
Keys: Daniel Ellsworth
Strings Programming: Chris Marion 

Produced by Sam Brooker
Co-Produced by Bobby Holland & Isaac Hayden
Mixed by Bobby Holland, except ‘Cruel World’ Mixed by Sam Brooker
Mastered by Dan Shike -
All songs written by Isaac Hayden, except where noted. 


1. Cruel World (IH, J. Molloy)
2. How Did You Get Here
3. Fools Game
4. Emily (IH, A. Billups)
5. Revolution (IH, J. Kneale)
6. She’s Gone (IH, P. Stewart)
7. When I Was Young (IH, A. Billups)
8. Maybe
9. Wyoming (IH, A. Billups)
10. Falter (IH, P. Stewart)

Photography: Laura Godwin
Album Design: Design by D.B.B. 


Artist Revolution


To Kent Nelson, Noah Waldron, Reid Shippen, and Keith Hayman - I am forever in your debt for your willingness to contribute to my musical development. Thank you SO much! To all the musicians, and everyone who is part of this album - you are all wonderful humans and I am so thankful to know you; your ability and creativity painted the songs in ways I never imagined.   Bobby Holland - for taking our nonsensical ideas and making them technically possible, YOU ROCK.  And for always keeping us centered, on the path. Mike Odmark - thanks for laying such a strong foundation, getting us started in the right direction from the get go. Kevin Augsburg - it was a pleasure to sing in your spaceship, you are an amazing pilot. And you found Beyonce’s 251, thanks!!  Dan Shike - you put the cherry on top, glad I was there for the tattoo! Savanna - for your support, love, friendship, patience, and otherworldly intuition. Dana Brewster & Laura Godwin - Thank you for your magnificent eyeballs. To my family, friends and fans, here, there, and everywhere, thanks for staying involved and lending your love, and ears, to this project. Finally, with my entire heart, thank you to Sam Brooker and all the people who comprise Artist Revolution.  Sam - your belief, patience, knowledge and innovation have inspired me endlessly. This project is a dream without you, thanks for seeing it through and bringing the dream to life. And finally finally, thanks to YOU for listening, because for me, Music + Singing = A Joyful Living. THANK YOU, see ya down the road, and Much Love!!  


Pete Stewart -->

Jesse Molloy -->

Anthony Billups -->

Jared Kneale -->



Cruel World (ih, Jesse Molloy)

Oh, when I was young my Mama told me
Boy, don’t you forget where you come from
Do your best to love everybody
Be safe, strong, and free
Oh but Mama, a Cruel World got a hold of me

Mama said
That a Cruel World gets better
When a strong man speaks his mind
Yea it’s a Cruel World, don’t sweat it
Follow your heart child
And you’ll be all right

Born to run I was chasing daydreams
But there she was brighter than the sun
Yea I know, got to love everybody
Guess I’ll start with she
Before a Cruel World takes her away from me


Cause these days it’s getting hard to breathe
The Cruel World’s got me down on my knees
But every time I get down I think of you
I think of you ..

How Did You Get Here 

Here I sit, on this dock
Watching the rising sea
And I can listen, but I won’t talk
Until this wave comes down
And crashes on me

And so I look, up at the darkened sky
And I slowly wonder why
So many questions, so few answers
And I got so little time

How Did You Get Here?
I don’t know baby, I’m just followin
How did you find me?
I don’t know baby, but I did
How can you see me?
I don’t know my love, I’m just wondering
How much longer till the rain comes
To wash you away

And so we sit, and we talk
And I listen while you ramble on
About your life, the way I walk
And how I always sing that same sad song

But can’t you see, what you do to me?
There’s somethings I just can’t change
And now I know, wherever you go
You will always be the same

Fools Game 

My heart, has been beating slow
Ever since you went away
And if I was cold, or if I left you alone
I hope you understand that this was
Oh, the only way

Love is a game played by fools
That break all the rules
Just as sure as a heart will change
And I walked away from you
Now there’s nothing left to do
But move on, love
And I hope you do the same

My words, have been falling short
I can’t understand the way you feel
I thought that our love
Would forever be strong
Now you’re gone and I’m alone and I
Can’t believe it’s real


Tell me father
What you do with your sons
That spend time with the bottle
And live life on the run
Cause I’ve been a bad boy
Yea I’ve gone and broke her heart
Now I wonder if my time has come
Or if it’s too late to start 

Emily (ih, Anthony Billups)

These days I know more than I wanna know
I’ve seen heartache and pain and it’s hard to let it go
But it’s always a blessing, to see something precious
Like your smile

When you look at me I see innocence
It reminds me of the days I had no defense
And it’s crazy to feel, cause I ain’t felt something real
For a while

Emily, I’m not the one to run to
Emily, babe ya know I’m not your kind
Emily, I know you’re lonely
Baby, so am I
So don’t cry my Emily

So many days have come and gone
Since I first saw your face and we sang that song
But baby believe me, every detail I still see
Even after all these years

Revolution (ih, Jared Kneale) 

You think I was meant for this
Living my life in your cage
But I know a power exists
Your walls cannot contain

You fear the prisoner
He got what you wanted, not what he deserved
The day is gonna come when the prisoner sings
It takes Revolution for the master to change

You can hold on to your pride
As long as your playing the fool
The difference is only a lie
So easy it feels like truth


It takes Revolution for the master to change

She’s Gone (ih, Pete Stewart)

She don’t want love
She don’t want time
She don’t want nothing more
Than to leave your heart behind
She don’t want this
She don’t want that
The only thing she wants
Is to leave you where you’re at

And so She’s Gone, far away
She don’t want your ways

She don’t say no
She don’t say yes
She don’t say much at all
But she never rests
She don’t say love me
She don’t say try
The only thing she says is baby
Close your eyes


She was all I ever wanted, all I ever tried
The only thing I needed to open up my eyes
She gave so much
More than I expected, more than I could abide
She opened up a window and I fell deep inside
But now she’s gone, and I’m alone

When I Was Young (ih, Anthony Billups)

Let me believe what I’m doing is right
I’ve come to far to not put up a fight
But I’m getting old
All I really want’s a bigger piece of the pie
I’m so tired of just getting by
Yea it’s getting old
And I’m not sure where to go

When I Was Young
I would’ve worked it out
When I Was Young
Seemed like none of this ever slowed me down
Yea When I Was Young
Never had a doubt, I’d make it out
When I Was Young

Gone are the days when I had the whole world
Figured out, locked down
Yea I was going there
Now I'm sittin here watch the cars roll by
Everybody’s got a place to fly
But I’m still frozen here


Getting old, it ain’t easy for no one
Don’t it make you wonder what you could’ve done
When you were young?


Lover, tell me a story now
The hour is late and I grow tired
It’s been a while, since you came around
It’s a hard thing to say
But I say it now with pride

I don’t know much about the weight of the world
But I know it’s what made you fly

Maybe, Maybe
I’m lost without you
You said that I’d be fine
But I’m tired and scared
And lonesome without you
Just gotta last tonight
And tomorrow I’ll come clean
And Maybe you won’t leave

I remember the day after you’d gone
Caught myself reaching for you there
I slipped undercover in a world gone wrong
Fighting to breathe, struggling to care

I never knew bout the weight of the world
Till after you said goodbye

Wyoming (ih, Anthony Billups)

How ya been good ole Wyoming?
It’s been a while since I seen your sky so blue
Somedays I cry, but usually I wonder why
I ever left you

Do the cowboys still roll through?
Do the Rockies swallow the moon?
Do the Cheyenne winds still blow? 
I’m dying to know, how ya been
Good ole Wyoming

I’m dying to know
How ya been, good ole Wyoming?
These city lights won’t shine as bright as my love for you
When my body is gone, my soul will wander on
Forever with you

Falter (ih, Pete Stewart)

And so we’ve gone for broke
Let it all hang out
In fancy cars, and old dive bars
Pictures of it all
Have been plastered to your walls
I’d hoped by now
We’d have this figured out

I ain’t got nothing to prove
So let me give this all to you
Before we break down and we Falter
Where could I go my sweet love
If you were not here on the shore
To pull me back in from the water
Don’t Falter

Pull down them jeans
And we’ll hide in movie scenes
Fairy tales, where no one fails
Words have no more use
When the words have no more truth
So lay back down and we’ll
Work this whole thing out

All songs ©Artist Revolution, 2014.