Hayley Jensen to headline cancer fundraiser

Albury-born country songstress, Hayley Jensen, will return to the region in November to perform at the inaugural Sunshine Walk.

Jensen burst onto the Australian music scene in 2004 as a top four finalist in Australian Idol, and later The Voice, where she was described by coach Kylie Minogue as “the whole package”.

Jensen, an Ambassador for the Albury Wodonga Regional Cancer Centre Trust Fund, won an Australian Independent Country Music Award in 2016 and last year, was a finalist in the Country Music Channel (CMC) Awards for New Artist of the Year.

Her fourth solo album, Turning Up The Dial, was produced by Grammy and Emmy Award winning producer, Jamie Tate, at The Rukkus Room, Nashville, and released via Social Family Records.

It was the third highest selling Australian Country Album, and second highest selling digital album on iTunes Country charts. The lead single, Summertime Soundtrack, has accumulated more than 212 thousand streams across digital platforms, and her last single Next Big Thing hit number one in the KIX Country charts, and remained in the Top 20 for eight consecutive weeks.

Jensen’s latest album also features a beautiful heartfelt ballad You’re With Me in memory of her late father and Wodonga local, Rod Thomas. Rod lost his battle with the rare type of blood cancer, mantle cell lymphoma, in April 2016.

After performing at the Sunshine Week Family Fun Day in 2017, Jensen said it was an honour to be asked back for the inaugural 20km walk on Sunday, November 24, to raise funds and awareness for the cancer centre.

Her performance will form part of the live entertainment at the free McDonald’s Family Fun Day at Hovell Tree Park from 11am.

“It means the world to me to be able to support the Trust and to be part of the Family Fun Day, helping to raise much needed funds for the local community,” she said.

“My Dad sadly passed away just before the centre was finished, but always wished he was able to receive his treatment and get the support he needed closer to home.

“If I can in some way help another family to have that, then I know I am honouring his legacy and giving a priceless gift that can make all the difference to someone’s quality of life.”

Other entertainment at the Family Fun Day will include popular Yackandandah singer songwriter, Pete Denahy, and Border personality Steve Bowen.

There will also be face painting, jumping castles, traditional games such as sack races and a tug-of-war, and food and drink vendors.

For more information or to register for the walk click here