Rachael MacFarlane

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BIO

Concord Records is pleased to announce the release of Hayley Sings, the debut album from American Dad! star Rachael MacFarlane. MacFarlane voices the beloved animated character of Hayley Smith on the Emmy nominated television show, American Dad!, currently in its seventh season. Hayley will be introduced as a vocalist in the series’ eighth season premiere, scheduled to air on September 30th at 9:30 PM ET/PT. “In that episode,” MacFarlane explains, “Hayley becomes a singer in Roger’s bar, and the producers came up with the idea that she’s a lover of standards, which I am as well.” To round out the 14- track playlist, she and manager Allen Sviridoff “thought about what kind of music Hayley would listen to. She’s a hippie, a child of the ’60s and ’70s. When I was growing up, my dad introduced me to groups like Simon and Garfunkel and The Beatles and Crosby, Stills and Nash. So we decided to run with the idea of re-imagining music from my childhood, which would be appropriate for Hayley to sing.”
Two of the album’s fourteen songs will be included on that season-opening episode of American Dad!. First is “Someone to Watch Over Me,” which introduces Hayley’s vocal skills. “It’s a song I’ve been singing since high school,” says MacFarlane, “We wanted to strip it down and create a quiet, introspective version with the small group.” Second is “Makin’ Whoopee,” the album opener. The show’s producers, says MacFarlane, “were going for a Fabulous Baker Boys feel, which was perfect for the storyline. ”Out of This World,” is also on the album. The classic Harold Arlen/Johnny Mercer song is a tongue-in-cheek nod to the fact that Hayley is becoming romantically involved with an alien, and would be a great addition to a future episode’s soundtrack.
A few additional standards found their way onto the album. “I’m Glad There Is You” is, says MacFarlane, “my father’s favorite. It is really stripped down—just me with George Doering on guitar—and it’s a love letter to all the musicians, and everyone else, who made [the album] possible.”
The remaining tracks are all drawn from the 1960s and ’70s. Paul Simon’s “Feelin’ Groovy” is, MacFarlane thinks, “a great marriage of Hayley and me. I grew up singing it, my parents loved it, and yet it seems to fit so perfectly with the character. When Allen and I were discussing it, we decided to slow it way down.” Equally slowed down is MacFarlane’s rendition, arranged by Tedd Firth, of the Chiffons’ 1963 hit, “One Fine Day,” written by Gerry Goffin and Carole King. “I wasn’t sold on it for a while,” she says, “because for the longest time I had the boppy version in my head; but when we really started working on it with the band, I fell in love with it.” A second Goffin-King composition, “Up On the Roof,” also made the cut. “If I have a favorite track, this is it,” says MacFarlane. “This is truly Hayley’s voice coming through. It really taps into that 18-year-old angst we’ve all had.”
To close the album, MacFarlane chose Lennon and McCartney’s “All My Loving,” arranged and conducted by Matt Catingub with just Doering’s guitar and a bank of strings. “It really is such a beautiful love song when it is slowed down,” she says. “We thought that it sounded like someone singing who is going off to war and saying goodbye to their lover, and when I played it for my husband, that’s exactly what he said.”
As for the likelihood of future recordings, she gleefully insists, “without a doubt! I love doing cartoon voiceover but this is what I’ve always wanted to do. I would be blissfully happy if I could do another ten records.” And she’d be equally delighted to shape those recordings at Concord. “I’ve been blown away by them,” she enthuses. “Everyone has been so welcoming and embracive.”
MacFarlane will tour in support of the album on September 28th at Catalina’s Jazz Club in Los Angeles, on October 11th at Regattabar in Boston and on October 15th at the Highline Ballroom in New York.
About Rachael MacFarlane
Rachael MacFarlane is best known as the voice of teenaged rebel Hayley Smith on the animated primetime hit American Dad, created by Seth MacFarlane. She and Seth grew-up in a music-filled household with parents who appreciated everything from Sinatra to Steely Dan. However, Rachel had shelved her long-ago dreams of singing professionally: “I’d resigned myself to thinking it wasn’t in the cards for me; that I’d have a nice career in animation and singing would be something I did just for fun.”
Then fate, in the form of an unexpected encounter, stepped in. Seth MacFarlane, a lifelong fan of the Great American Songbook, had begun work on his own debut album in early 2011. Rachael attended many of the recording sessions inside Capitol’s fabled Studio A for what would become his Grammy- nominated Music Is Better Than Words. During one of those recording sessions, MacFarlane was introduced to [legendary producer] Allen Sviridoff. During their conversation, MacFarlane mentioned her love of music and her all-time favorite singer, Rosemary Clooney. Ironically, Sviridoff managed Rosemary for decades. MacFarlane sent Sviridoff her demo and one year later, she found herself back in Studio A, this time behind the microphone.
MacFarlane lives in Los Angeles with her husband and child.

RESUME

Star Wars: Detours (TV Series) (in production)
Sy Snootles / Mon Mothma (2012)

2005-2013 American Dad! (TV Series)
Hayley Smith / Barb Hanson / Hayley Smith as Ms. Peacenickel / …
– Minstrel Krampus (2013) … Hayley Smith (voice)
– Poltergasm (2013) … Hayley Smith (voice)
– Steve and Snot’s Test-Tubular Adventure (2013) … Hayley Smith (voice)
– Da Flippity Flop (2013) … Hayley Smith (voice)
– Lost in Space (2013) … Hayley Smith / Hayley Shape-shifting Alien (voice)

1999-2013 Family Guy (TV Series)
Nurse / Olivia / Cheerleader / …
– Quagmire’s Quagmire (2013) … (voice)
– Call Girl (2013) … (voice)
– Valentine’s Day in Quahog (2013) … (voice)
– Friends Without Benefits (2012) … (voice)
– Joe’s Revenge (2012) … Tanya (voice)

2012 Family Guy: 200 Episodes Later (TV Movie)
Stripper (voice)

2011-2012 Robot Chicken (TV Series)
Castaspella / Katherine McPhee / Sitcom Singer / …
– Choked on Multi-Colored Scarves (2012) … Castaspella / Katherine McPhee / Sitcom Singer / … (voice)
– The Departy Monster (2011) … Princess Peach (voice)

2011 Winx Club: Enchantix (TV Series)
Chimera
– A Tricky Adversary (2011) … Chimera
– Aisha’s Choice (2011) … Chimera
– The Fairy and the Beast (2011) … Chimera
– Valtor’s Plan (2011) … Chimera
– The Princess Ball (2011) … Chimera

2010 StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty (Video Game)
Kate Lockwell / Additional Voices (voice)

2010 Crackdown 2 (Video Game) (voice)

2010 Lego Atlantis (TV Movie)
Professor Samantha Rhodes

2009 Superman/Batman: Public Enemies (Video)
Nightshade / Lady Shiva (voice)

2008-2009 Cavalcade of Cartoon Comedy (TV Series)
Woman / Stephanie / Princess #2
– Things You Never Hear (2009) … (voice)
– Backstage with Bob Dylan (2009) … Woman (voice)
– Mountain Climber (2009) … Stephanie (voice)
– The Frog Prince (2008) … Princess #2 (voice)

2008 Underfist: Halloween Bash (TV Movie)
Mindy (voice)

2008 Can You Teach My Alligator Manners? (TV Series)
Mom / Librarian
– Library Manners (2008) … Mom / Librarian
– Movie Manners (2008) … Mom

2008 The Incredible Hulk (Video Game)
Vapor / Female Pedestrian (voice)

2003-2008 Codename: Kids Next Door (TV Series)
Numbuh 362 / Beth / Rainbow Monkey Tribesgirl #2 / …
– Operation I.N.T.E.R.V.I.E.W.S. (2008) … Numbuh 362 (voice)
– Operation T.R.E.A.T.Y. (2007) … Numbuh 362 (voice)
– Operation C.A.R.A.M.E.L./Operation M.O.O.N. (2007) … Numbuh 362 (voice)
– Operation G.I.R.L.F.R.I.E.N.D. (2007) … Numbuh 362 (voice)
– Operation T.R.I.C.Y.C.L.E. (2007) … Numbuh 362 (voice)

2007 The Grim Adventures of the KND (TV Movie)
Numbuh 362 / Mindy (voice)

2007 The Batman (TV Series)
Blaise
– White Heat (2007) … Blaise (voice)

2002-2007 The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy (TV Series)
Mindy / Eris / Girl #2 / …
– Dracula Must Die!/Short Tall Tales (2007) … Mindy / Woman #2 (voice)
– Wrath of the Spider Queen (2007) … Mindy / Velma’s Mom / Eris (voice)
– Everything Breaks/The Show That Dare Not Speak Its Name (2006) … Mindy / Kid (voice)
– The Crass Unicorn/Billy & Mandy Begins (2006) … Mindy / Unicorn #1 / Mary Frances (voice)
– Hurter Monkey/Goodbling and the Hip-Hop-Opotamus (2006) … Mindy (voice)

2007 Billy & Mandy’s Big Boogey Adventure (TV Movie)
2 Headed Parrot (voice)

2006 Family Guy (Video Game)
Various (voice)

2006 The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy (Video Game)
Eris (voice)

2006 Codename: Kids Next Door – Operation Z.E.R.O. (TV Movie)
Numbuh 362 (voice)

2005 Family Guy Presents Stewie Griffin: The Untold Story (Video)
Katie Couric / Baby-Expecting Woman / Britney Spears (voice)

2005 What’s New, Scooby-Doo? (TV Series)
Connie Crunch / Sugar / Sheila
– Wrestle Maniacs (2005) … Connie Crunch / Sugar (voice)
– A Scooby-Doo Valentine (2005) … Sheila (voice)

2004 Samurai Jack (TV Series)
Mom
– Jack and the Baby (2004) … Mom (voice)

2004 Megas XLR (TV Series)
Gina
– Dude, Where’s My Head? (2004) … Gina (voice)

2002-2004 Fillmore! (TV Series)
Luella Spear / Enid Quintara
– Play On, Maestro! Play On! (2004) … Luella Spear (voice)
– Test of the Tested (2002) … Enid Quintara (voice)

2003 Static Shock (TV Series)
Nina Crocker / Timezone
– Flashback (2003) … Nina Crocker / Timezone (voice)

2003 Dexter’s Laboratory (TV Series)
Miss Salinger / Cheerleader / Girl
– Sis-Tem Error/Bad Cable Manners/Dexter’s Library (2003) … Miss Salinger / Cheerleader / Girl (voice)

2002 The Powerpuff Girls (TV Series)
Girl #1, Girl #2, Boy
– Keen on Keane/Not So Awesome Blossom (2002) … Girl #1, Girl #2, Boy (voice)

1997-2002 Johnny Bravo (TV Series)
Alien Woman / Nurse / Receptionist / …
– The Island of Mrs. Morceau/The Colour of Mustard/Third Dork from the Sun (2002) … Alien Woman (voice)
– Dental Hijinks/Little Red Riding Johnny/Pouch Potato (2000) … Nurse / Receptionist (voice)
– The Johnny Bravo Affair/Biosphere Johnny/Spa Spaz (2000) … Kyra / Susan / Waitress (voice)
– As I Lay Hiccupping/Marine Maroon/Thunder God Johnny (2000) … Cora / Tour Guide (voice)
– Date with an Antelope/Did You See a Bull Run by Here?/Cookie Crisis (1997) … Carol (voice)

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