Raymond Hayden

Raymond Hayden


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“For as long as I can remember, all I've thought about is music,” says Tacoma-based keyboardist Raymond Hayden, a fixture of the Pacific Northwest music community. “I wake up thinking about music and I go to bed thinking about music.” Many can relate to that statement. Few, though, have a resume as extensive and diverse as Hayden's, which reaches into just about every corner of the music industry, and spans over thirty-five years and two continents. Hayden's career as a touring musician began at age 9, traveling in a drum and bugle corps around the US. west coast and Canada. In 1986, he began playing keyboards in his first rock band, while serving in the U.S. Army in Mannheim, West Germany. “I'm very proud of my military experience,” he says. “It showed me how truly small the world is. That has given me grace that is in my music lyrically.” In the decades since, Hayden has cemented a strong reputation back home in the States as a progressive rock musician, with forays into jazz, adult contemporary, pop rock, country, and blues. In 2002, Borders Music & Books sponsored him for a tour of in-store performances of his solo piano album, “A Doorway Through Your Tears,” to much acclaim. More recently, he has toured Europe with Sweetkiss Momma and Jessica Lynne, and can currently be found performing with Lynne as well as Strangely Alright, Grieve the Astronaut, and Monsters in the Dark.