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Kay Hanley

Singer/Songwriter/Copyright Advocate
Kay Hanley is best known as the lead singer of Boston-based alternative rock
band Letters to Cleo, which released 3 albums between 1990-2000,
spawning such hits as "Awake" and "Here and Now”. After a 16-year hiatus,
Letters To Cleo reunited in 2016 to release new music and embark on several
sold-out US tours.

In the late 90’s, Ms. Hanley began expanding her work as a singer and
songwriter, providing the singing voice for Rachael Leigh Cook's character
Josie in Universal Pictures' feature film "Josie and the Pussycats" and
performing cover versions of Nick Lowe's "Cruel to be Kind" and Cheap
Trick's "I Want You To Want Me" in Touchstone Pictures' hit film "10 Things I
Hate About You." For television, Hanley co-wrote and performed music for
the Kids WB animated series "Generation O!" and "Care Bears: Adventures In
Care-A- Lot."

Hanley’s work as a solo artist includes the 2002 Zoe Records release, ”Cherry
Marmalade," followed by 2004's "The Babydoll EP" and 2008's “Weaponize".
Today, Hanley can be found writing songs for animated television with her
longtime songwriting partner, Michelle Lewis. Together they compose music
for shows like Disney Junior's hit series Vampirina and Doc McStuffins (for
which they each have a Peabody Award) and Dreamworks’ upcoming “Harvey
Street Kids”.

Ms. Hanley and Ms. Lewis are co-executive directors of Songwriters Of
North America (SONA), a non-profit that advocates for the protection of
songs and songwriters in the digital marketplace.
Hanley lives in LA with her 2 children, Zoe Mabel, 18 and Henry Aaron, 15.

My Panelists Sessions

Monday, May 7

12:00pm PDT