Last week while checking out Singersroom.com I came across an intriguing article for the release of NY singer-songwriter Halley Hiatt’s video and Debut EP, Retrograde. Upon checking out the article and the EP, Retrograde,I thought to myself, “Why hadn’t I heard of this amazingly gifted artist before?” It seems that Halley Hiatt has been generating buzz for quite some time. Singersroom featured an article on her in the summer of 2015 when she released a cover of Erykah Badu’s “On and On” and her single “Other Matters” in January. She’s recently been covered by the likes of Vibe.com
There is something refreshing about Halley. She has a bit of an old soul sound with a modern day twist. Halley can’t be defined by one specific genre of music as she combines a multitude of sounds from R&B and Pop to Soul, and much more. While there is a simplicity in her delivery, Halley is far from simple. Halley has received positive feedback from fans and critics alike with comments such as, “Video looks like a dope movie….. great music!” and “I really want her to get noticed. So amazing.”
Hiatt was kind enough to answer a few questions for Colosseum Media in a short Q&A discussing the meaning behind the EP name Retrograde and the defining moments of the EP.
For those just discovering your amazing content, though you’ve been creating buzz for quite some time, who exactly is Halley Hiatt?
-A singer/songwriter, a lover of music, art and all people, a thinker, someone who sticks to her beliefs and the best friend you could even have.
Where does the name Retrograde come from? Is there a specific meaning behind it?
-”Retrograde” comes from “Mercury Retrograde.” (When Mercury passes the earth in its orbit and looks like it’s spinning backward. It happens a few times a year) When most people think of Mercury Retrograde, they think of a constant state of confusion and miscommunication, but the lesser known side of it, is that it’s also a time of reflection and while everything seems like it’s not going right, good and better things are happening because of it. While it’s easy to be distracted by the negative, the afterward can be much more rewarding.
What would you say were the defining moments/experiences that shaped Retrograde?
-Working with Anwar Sawyer and his team starting the process, collaboratively working with Producer Rodney Hazard and finally producer MP Williams putting all of the final touches sonically and really communicating the mood and theme. Each part was so necessary and to me the perfect storm.
What/who have been the influences in your career thus far? How have these motivations shaped your content?
-I love lyrics and expressions of human emotion. I grew up very open minded musically, but was always big into R&B and Hip Hop. Later on I fell in love with Jazz music. I was inspired by the spontaneity of the genre and how one song could be interpreted in so many different ways. It was eye opening to me and I think differently about music in general now because of it.