Vocalist. Performer. Songwriter. Session Singer.

Elana Hayden is a versatile and seasoned vocalist who has written, recorded, produced, and licensed numerous songs, jingles and voiceovers for TV, film, radio, and video. She has appeared and/or recorded with Bernard Purdie (Aretha Franklin), Liberty DeVitto (Billy Joel), Aaron Comess (Spin Doctors), Jon Herington (Steely Dan), and Richie Cannata (Billy Joel), to name a few.

As a session singer, Elana recorded demos for Warner Chappell Music, was a member of several groups, both as a lead and background vocalist, recording and releasing songs in the U.S. and abroad. She has enjoyed success with her debut album, “Carry You Home” and her voice and music can be heard on various forms of media across the globe. 

A native New Yorker, Elana recently relocated from the Big Apple to Big Sky Country and now splits her time between New York and Montana. Elana is thrilled to be performing in fabulous venues with seasoned musicians around her new stomping ground both as a solo artist and with her band, “Elana Hayden & The Sugar Daddies.” She loves bringing her passion for music and love of jazz and the Great American Songbook to audiences of all ages! Her goal is to engage, educate, empower, enlighten, entertain, and enrich lives - through music!


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Back in the Saddle! 


It's been a while since I posted anything on my blog, but life has been good and busy - and I hope it's the same for you. :-) 

Since relocating to beautiful Montana, I've been performing all over the state (and in Wyoming, too.) What an incredibly breathtaking part of this country. If you've never been… put it on your bucket list!

In July, I'll be heading back into the studio to record my second album of some of my favorite jazz standards. I just love The Great American Songbook and  this project has been on my “to do” list for a while. I'll post updates and some sneak peeks of the tunes as we record them. 

Thank you to everyone who has come out to my live shows! Thank you for supporting live music - and live music venues. Thank you to all the venues who invite us to perform. We love and appreciate you all!  

Wishing you all a wonderful summer…. 



Happy New Year from Big Sky Country! 

This past September, this native New Yorker moved to Montana! It's been an amazing adventure and I've been settling in to my new digs and meeting great musicians. I'm beyond thankful to be making music in beautiful Big Sky Country and wish everyone a very Happy New Year filled with great happiness, abundant health, and continued joy in all your pursuits. Here's to a fabulous, fun 2023!


Hope everyone is doing OK during all this COVID craziness! Stay strong... this too shall pass! Sending love and prayers to you all. <3

Happy June! 

Summer is just around the corner and I'm hoping to release some tracks from my album very soon. It's been a long process - but a labor of love. I can't wait to share it with you. <3