Canadian singer and songwriter.
Date of Birth: 12.02.1971
Country: Canada

  1. Biography of Hayden
  2. Early Career
  3. Breakthrough and Tours
  4. Independent Success
  5. Recent Work
  6. Hardwood Records

Biography of Hayden

Paul Hayden Desser, known in the music industry as Hayden, was born on February 12, 1971, in Thornhill, Ontario, Canada. He became a bachelor of Radio and Television Arts at Ryerson University in 1993. His father, Sherwin Desser, is a retired professor of parasitology at the University of Toronto and a practicing artist.


Early Career

Hayden's early works were an eclectic mix of various genres, ranging from grunge rock to alternative country, which was perfectly reflected in his debut album 'Everything I Long For' in 1995. Since then, his works have become more sophisticated.


Breakthrough and Tours

In 1996, Hayden performed at both nights of Neil Young's annual 'Bridge School Concert'. In 1998, he embarked on a North American tour to support his first international release, 'The Closer I Get'. After the album's release, Hayden bought out his contract with Universal Records for a substantial amount, but details of the transaction remain undisclosed.

Independent Success

In 2001, without any label support, Hayden distributed 100 copies of his album 'Skyscraper National Park' among his friends and through independent music stores across Toronto. These copies were individually packed, numbered, and recorded by hand. Following this, another 1500 numbered copies were released, this time with professional involvement. Most of these copies were sold at his concerts. The success of this "underground" limited release led to the full commercial release of 'Skyscraper National Park' later that year.

Recent Work

In 2004, Hayden released his highly anticipated album 'Elk Lake Serenade' and organized a tour across North America with the band 'Cuff the Duke' as the supporting act. In November 2007, he performed warm-up concerts in Ontario and Quebec before his European tour, marking his first official performance in three years. This was followed by the release of the album 'Field & Town' on January 15, 2008. His latest full-length album, 'The Place Where We Lived', was released on May 26, 2009, and showcased three distinct styles - acoustic rock, alternative country, and folk-rock.

Hardwood Records

In Canada, each of Hayden's albums was released under his own independent label, 'Hardwood Records'. From its establishment in 1994 until 2005, Hayden solely released his own works through the label. However, in 2005, the band 'Cuff the Duke' released their second album on 'Hardwood', and in 2007, Canadian folk singer Basia Bulat utilized Hayden's services to release her debut full-length album.