Singer/songwriter Amber Hayes already has some top country hits to her credit, and thanks to the film Cowgirls ‘n Angels, she’s breaking into a new industry. In Cowgirls ‘n Angels 2: Dakota’s Summer, released on April 10, Amber performs her own rendition of the classic “Cotton Eyed Joe” and it just might be the best version yet! Both “Cotton Eyed Joe” and “Home” are featured on the soundtrack, which we highly recomment to any country fans out there! Here’s what Amber had to say about the journey…
Cowgirls ‘n Angels: Dakota’s Summer just released on April 10. A few of your songs are in the movie and you perform a song in it—can you tell us a little bit about the film?
The film is about a teen girl named Dakota that finds out that she is adopted. Dakota is a part of an all-girl trick riding group that tours and competes in the rodeo circuit. The film is very sweet— it’s based around the strngth of family and friends. Plus, it has some good country music in it!
In addition to Cowgirls ‘n Angels, you’ve also had songs on Hart of Dixie. How does it feel to hear your music on TV and in the movies?
It’s so fun. I was a big fan of Hart of Dixie before I actually got the song placements. When I found out our songs were going to be on the show, I was really excited!
I understand you’re touring this summer and through the fall—is there a city you like visiting while you ‘re on tour? And what’s your favorite part about being on the road?
I love the Pacific Northwest. I haven’t toured there much but it’s one of my favorite parts of the country. I love the Portland area and the Oregon Coast. My favorite part about being on the road is meeting new people. Country music fans are the best, and I truly enjoy getting to meet them and share my music with them. I also love to eat, so I love to try the local fare where I go.
Who are your musical inspirations?
I love country music and that is where most all of my musical influences came from. A few of my inspirations are Reba, Barbara Mandrell, The Judds, Trisha Yearwood and Dolly.
If you could collaborate with any other artist, country or not, who would it be?
As far as male artists go, probably Chris Young or Easton Corbin, and if I were to choose a female artist, either Dolly or Reba.
When can we expect to hear new music from you? Any other upcoming projects to keep an eye out for?
I am hoping to have something released by mid-summer. I’m hosting my own show during CMA Fest in Nashville this year. I always look forward to that week and this show is going to be really fun. I am going to have some friends stop by to perform. I look forward to seeing country music fans from all over the world!