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Hanley in 2007
|Birth name||Kathleen Marie Hanley|
|Born||September 11, 1968|
Dorchester, Massachusetts, U.S.
|Genres||Rock, folk, pop, acoustic, alternative|
|Associated acts||Letters to Cleo, Michael Eisenstein, Veruca Salt, Cheap Trick, American Hi-Fi, Palmdale, Bowling For Soup|
Life and careerEdit
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Hanley was born in the Dorchester neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts. She grew up diagonally across the street from Donnie and Mark Wahlberg. She was a member of Letters To Cleo from 1990 to 2000 (the length of the band's existence, with the exception of the 2008-2009 reunion tour). The band name was conceived by Hanley in reference to a pen pal named Cleo that she had when she was younger. In 1997, she began working on other projects, beginning with a role in the Boston Rock Opera's performance of Jesus Christ Superstar as Mary Magdalene.
In 1999, Hanley appeared as herself in the film 10 Things I Hate About You, singing a cover version of Nick Lowe's "Cruel to Be Kind" at the movie characters' high school prom, in addition to performing "Come On" with Letters to Cleo during an earlier scene at a club. Towards the end of her Letters to Cleo career, she began performing with her then-husband and fellow Letters To Cleo member Michael Eisenstein outside of the band. Around the same time, she gave birth to their daughter, Zoe.
Upon the split of Letters to Cleo, Hanley embarked upon a solo career. She performed music for the Kids' WB cartoon series Generation O! along with the rest of Letters to Cleo and provided the singing voice for Rachael Leigh Cook's character Josie in the movie Josie and the Pussycats. In 2002, she released her first solo album, Cherry Marmalade. That same year, she appeared on the Dropkick Murphys/Face to Face split CD, providing guest vocals on the original version of the Dropkick Murphys song "The Dirty Glass".
In 2003, Hanley was approached by Jun Senoue from Sega to co-write and perform on an original song for their upcoming entry in the Sonic the Hedgehog series, entitled Sonic Heroes. The result was the song "Follow Me."
In 2004, Hanley released a follow up to Cherry Marmalade, The Babydoll EP. That same year, she and her then-husband Michael Eisenstein had their second child, Henry Aaron, the name given in honor of baseball player Hank Aaron and their love for baseball.
In August 2005, Hanley recorded a cover of Iggy Pop's "Lust for Life" for the soundtrack of the Reese Witherspoon film Just Like Heaven. In September 2005, she appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno as part of a pre-taped man-on-the-street segment, singing a song about falling in love at Starbucks.
Hanley is popular with fans of the New England Patriots thanks to the team at one point going 8–0 after she sang the pre-game National Anthem at Gillette Stadium. The streak came to an end when the Patriots lost on January 10, 2010 to the Baltimore Ravens. Hanley is also very involved with the Boston-based charity "Hot Stove, Cool Music," both as performer and spokesperson for the semi-annual event.
She sang the theme song for My Friends Tigger & Pooh, a half-hour Disney Channel TV show that premiered on Playhouse Disney on May 12, 2007 and "We Are Care Bears" from Care Bears: Oopsy Does It! and Care Bears to the Rescue.
Hanley and longtime writing partner Michelle Lewis currently compose all-original songs for animated television shows such as the hit Disney series Doc McStuffins., Cartoon Network/WB's DC Super Hero Girls, and Harvey Girls Forever on Netflix.
She is co-executive director of Songwriters of North America, an LA-based non-profit which advocates for fair pay and other rights for songwriters.
Hanley's latest album, Weaponize, was released May 27, 2008.
Hanley co-wrote "Don't Wanna Be Famous" on the band The Dollyrots' eponymous album.
In 2014, Kay Hanley appeared in the Parks and Recreation season 6 finale, performing her song "Here & Now" at the Pawnee-Eagleton Unity Concert. The character of Ben Wyatt, played by Adam Scott, is seen offstage in his Letters to Cleo t-shirt, blissfully watching the band as Hanley winks at him. Hanley is seen later in the episode entering Tom Haverford's new restaurant, Tom's Bistro.
Letters to CleoEdit
The title of this section indicates projects that both Hanley and Eisenstein have taken an active interest in developing, in terms of playing multiple roles, including production as well as composition and/or instrumentation.
|2003||The Gentlemen||Blondes Prefer the Gentlemen||Sodapop Records||Vocals|
|2007||Murder Capitol of the World||St. Jude's Revenge||Dot Rat||Vocals|
|2008||Cruiserweight||Big Bold Letters||Doghouse/Siren Songs||Composer, Background Vocals|
|2002||Cherry Marmalade||Zoë Records|
|2003||The Paradise - Boston, MA 5/30/03 (live)||Instant Live|
|2004||The Babydoll EP|
|The Paradise - Boston, MA 8/26/04 (live)|
|2006||Kay Hanley / Scamper split single CD||De Guerre/Scamper|
|1999||10 Things I Hate About You||Hollywood Records|
|2001||Music from the Motion Picture Josie and the Pussycats||Sony|
|2005||Just Like Heaven||Sony|
|1995||Mary Karlzen||Yelling at Mary||Atlantic Records||Background Vocals|
|2002||James Taylor||October Road||Sony||Choir, Chorus|
|2006||Agnes Chan||Forget Yourself||Bungalo Records||Background Vocals|
|Peter Gammons||Never Slow Down, Never Grow Old||Rounder||Vocals|
|2008||Lisa Loeb||Camp Lisa||Furious Rose Productions||Vocal Harmony|
|2009||Will Dailey||Torrent, Vols. 1 & 2||BS||Background Vocals|
|2010||Lindsey Ray||Goodbye from California||LRay||Composer|
|2011||Bowling For Soup||Fishin' for Woos||MRI||Vocals, Sounds|
|Will Dailey||Will Dailey & the Rivals||Universal Republic Records||Composer|
|1999||10 Things I Hate About You||Herself||Cameo|
|2000||Generation O!||Molly O||Voice|
|2001||Josie and the Pussycats||Josie McCoy||Voice|
|2007-early 2008||My Friends Tigger and Pooh||opening song performer (Season 1)||
|2014||Parks and Recreation||Herself||Cameo|
- "Kay Hanley" The Quaz - Kay Hanley, a 2013 interview with author Jeff Pearlman in which Hanley indicates that her marriage to Eisenstein's ended within the three years prior to the date of the interview]
- My Friends Tigger and Pooh Theme Song Music Video - Music - My Friends Tigger and Pooh - Playhouse Disney
- Home - My Friends Tigger and Pooh - Playhouse Disney
- "Doc McStuffins". IMDB. imdb.
- CD Universe listing