About Auriol Hays
Auriol Hays grew up all over the Western Cape, studied journalism at university, got married and raised a daughter, all the while hiding a talent that would only be realised in her thirties by her then-husband after singing their daughter to sleep one night.
Years later, a chance meeting with songwriter Andre Scheepers saw the songstress recording demos in a home studio. The result would be a chart-topping hit "Take It Slow".
Very quickly, the singer signed a deal with Electromode and G Management, and it was not long before the singer and her new band were performing at the opening of the Joy of Jazz, headlining at Eldo's Jazz Festival and Jazz on the Lake, and performing at the prestigious Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland. Since then, Auriol has gone on to release her second album, to perform at the Grahamstown Jazz Festival, the Cape Town Jazz Festival and to have her music synched on French Cosmetics campaigns.
PERFORMANCE: 2 piece (vocals and piano); 4 piece (vocals, piano, bass, drums); 5 piece (vocals, piano, bass, drums and sax)