Nancy Hays & The Heffernans
http://www.NancyHays.com- Nancy Hays & her daughters Mary and Caroline sing "Mr. Santa" in the style of the Andrew Sisters "Mr. Sandman". Matthew Heffernan accompanies on fiddle. Music video choreography by Matt Crowle, vocal arrangement by Robert Ollis. Produced by Randy Gardner. Frank Trace & Jo Thompson have choreographed an easy, fun line dance to it!
Nancy Hays is a professional singer, dancer, actor and entertainer. Nancy has worked as an opening act for major artists including Conway Twitty, Lee Greenwood, George Burns, Ronnie Milsap, Glen Campbell, Danny Thomas, Rita Rudner, The Smothers Brothers, Marty Stuart, Dan Seals, the Bellamy Brothers, Crystal Gayle, Barbara Mandrell, Kenny Rogers and many more. Nancy is a successful recording artist who has recorded five albums and made multiple DVDs and toured the UK four times with her own original music since 2000. Nancy’s country music song “Come Dance with Me” (with choreography by Jo Thompson) is an international hit and was named one of the most popular line dance songs in the world by multiple publications in Europe and the United States. The song was also nominated for the Crystal Boot Award in the UK.
Nancy began her professional performing career playing the role of Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz at the Little Theatre on the Square as a teenager. Nancy worked as a singer and dancer at Six Flags over Mid-America and at Opryland USA in Nashville, Tennessee.
After her first season at Opryland USA, Nancy was hired by Opryland to join a special elite cast that performed in Hawaii and Las Vegas and made a television show. Nancy sang demos for Nashville songwriters, wrote and recorded her own music and appeared on popular shows in Nashville including the WSM Waking Crew and the Nashville Noon Show as well as other shows on TNN during her 20s. Nancy graduated from the University of Illinois in Champaign Urbana with a degree in Advertising as a Bronze Tablet Scholar (top 3 percent) and also holds a Master’s Degree from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.
While continuing to sing country music with her band, Nancy Hays & the Sawyer Brothers, Nancy began singing big band music in the 1990s at the Willowbrook Ballroom with the Bobby Benson Orchestra. During this same period, she also appeared in the Nashville North country music club, the Country Music Inn and at State Fairs and Festivals. During this time, Nancy began recording music specifically for dancers and developed her own ballroom and line dance series of DVDs and CDs featuring music she was performing for her live audiences. Her series “The Romance of Dance” drew national attention and her products were featured in an infomercial on Fit TV and on various shopping networks. As a sought after dance instructor and entertainer, Nancy was hired to make appearances on TV shows on ABC, the Discovery Channel, Fox, WGN, Wild Chicago and others. Her products also were reviewed favorably by The Washington Post, the LA Times, The Chicago Tribune, the Las Vegas Sun, Variety, Billboard and many other publications. On NBC Nancy taught Mario Lopez, Danny Bonaduce, and David Cassidy how to Salsa with style.
Following media success of “The Romance of Dance”, Nancy was hired to perform her own ballroom show in Las Vegas with the full Caesar’s Palace Orchestra in the Circus Maximus Showroom. Nancy is one of the only act’s in Caesar’s history to stage her show with the audience dancing along with her at her concert in that venue.
Nancy’s song “Come Dance with Me” became an international hit in 2004 and soon the demand for live performances increased particularly in Europe where the song was the rage with line dance fans in clubs and festivals and was being “covered” by many other artists. Nancy made tours of the UK in 2005, 2006, 2008, 2010 and 2012. She also worked an extended engagement performing her own show at the Riviera Hotel in Las Vegas during National Finals Rodeo and on an international cruise.
Since 1991, Nancy Hays has been a wife and mother and raised four children (all of whom have careers in the arts). Because Nancy’s kids share their mother’s love of music, Nancy has began incorporating them into her live performances. The family appeared multiple years at Chicago’s Summerdance Festival in Grant Park and at performing arts centers for Christmas music and at the Drake Hotel, the Hilton Orrington and at other venues.
Nancy and three of her children; Mary, Matt and Caroline, recorded a country music Christmas song “Light in the Winter” in 2014 and made several television and live performances to promote the song to the public in 2014 and 2015.
Label: Nancy Hayes Entertainment