Hayley Sales on Collaborating with Sharon Stone: ‘It Was Magical'
RollingStone India|September 2021
The American-Canadian singer-songwriter teamed up with the Hollywood actress on the jazz-leaning ‘Never Before’ earlier this year
DAVID BRITTO

Losing a record deal is one of the toughest and most painful things that can happen to an artist. That feeling was felt immensely by American Canadian singer-songwriter Hayley Sales when it happened to her recently. She says, “My whole world was falling apart.” In the midst of all this, Sales moved to Los Angeles, where through a friend she was put in touch with acclaimed Hollywood actress Sharon Stone who offered to collaborate with her on a song. That song is the soulful “Never Before” which was released earlier this year and includes Sales’ soulful singing and piano playing as well as Stone’s poignant lyrics.

Over a Zoom interview with Rolling Stone India, Sales talks to us about working with the Basic Instinct star, how romance influenced the new track, her future plans, and more.

Before we get to the song, tell me about how the collaboration with Sharon Stone came about? Did you meet her or know her from before?

I didn’t know her. I moved to L.A., and I lost a record deal and my whole world was falling apart. So, of course, probably not the best idea to just go to L.A. [laughs]. A dear friend of mine at an agency knew that I was kind of floundering and falling into the land of false eyelashes and eating disorders and whatnot, and wanted to introduce me to someone and didn’t tell me who but was very interested in writing songs and was phenomenal at it. And I’d never done a co-write. I said, ‘Yeah, sure, of course.’ I’m just walking down the street in Hollywood, I pick up the phone, and I hear, ‘Hi Hayley, it’s Sharon Stone.’ I was so excited. I mean, I was in shock and excited and literally almost tripped into traffic [laughs]. So basically, she’s written songs before and wanted to collaborate. That’s kind of how it happened and then I went to her house and she’s such a gracious, gracious woman, it was the best first co-write of eternity.

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