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Born in South Carolina, Michael Haney was a familiar voice on Columbia’s sports radio airwaves for several years. However, beyond the sports discussions, a deeper passion always stirred within him, hinting at melodies and stories waiting for him to tell.
Michael finally took a leap of faith, leaving the comfort of his established radio career and headed to Nashville. With unwavering determination, Haney embraced the challenges and opportunities that awaited him in Music City. He pieced together songs while working odd jobs and hit the road as part of the tech crews with artists such as Will Hoge, Lauren Jenkins, Sister Hazel and the Songwriters In Paradise songwriting festivals. These relationships and experiences helped further inform his writing & ambitions.
This transformative journey is beautifully encapsulated in his upcoming debut EP, “When the Leavin’ Gets Easy.” The title draws inspiration from the EP’s first single, “Easy,”which is a personal reflection of his own story of taking chances and the inevitable pull between the comfort of home and chasing dreams. With co-writing contributions from Levi Lowrey (“Colder Weather”), Chris Canterbury (Quaalude Lullabies), plus a reimagined take on a Tom Petty standard, Haney hopes to offer listeners a timeless musical experience.
From the radio airwaves of South Carolina to the unforgiving path of Nashville, Haney’s EP is a testament to the beauty of taking risks, embracing one’s true calling, and following one’s heart.