- Joel Rodgers
What does it take for a new artist to make it big?
Talent? Being in the right place at the right time? Those things don’t hurt, but maybe it has something to do with being from the Shreveport/Bossier area. Because the northwest part of Louisiana is loaded with talent.
In the past few years, America has met Garrett Jacobs, Cameron Theodos, Dez Duron, Cole Vosbury, and Willie Jones. All natives of Shreveport/Bossier who represented their city on the national stage, on shows like The Voice, The X Factor, and American Idol.
Shreveport has a rich music history, and moving forward, we’ll continue to see (and hear) many more talented local voices make their way to the national stage.
One of the up-incoming talents is currently enjoying her summer break before entering her next year of high school.
Her name is Hayden Bean, a name everyone will know, very soon. Hayden is a talented artist with a amazing voice. She’s recently preformed at Shreve Memorial’s ‘Libraries Rock’, Artbreak’s ‘Talented Artist Program’, and Rhino Coffee.
Hayden Bean was born on April 18th, 2003 in Mena, Arkansas to parents, Amy O’Pry and Mark Bean. She became a resident of Shreveport, Louisiana in 2008, and was welcomed into the Talented Arts Program for Music in 2010. Since then, she has spent countless hours teaching herself to sing, and play instruments to music of many genres. Hayden began teaching herself to play at the age of twelve. Currently, she plays a Taylor GS Mini, and a Fender Jag; Hayden is left-handed, yet taught herself to play a right-handed ukulele… upside down.
The 15-year-old is going into her sophomore year at C.E. Byrd, but before she enters the school year, she’s taking her talents to some more stages around the ArkLaTex.
Hayden will perform at High Country Ranch Center on August 11th in Stonewall, Louisiana. The event will offer around 60 people a chance to see her and her musical talents. The event is $5.00 per person. First come, first serve! And it’s an all ages show.
Then on August 21st, she’ll take the stage at Shreveport’s Ki’Mexico.
Both performances will offer music lovers a chance to see Hayden before she tries out for American Idol on September 9th.
If you haven’t heard of Hayden Bean, you soon will. Very soon.
Because American Idol is coming back to Shreveport September 9th, and Hayden is now old enough to try out.
The minimum age limit to for American Idol is 15, an age Hayden turned this past April. Meaning, in 2002 when Kelly Clarkson was crowned winner of the first American Idol, Hayden wasn’t even born yet.
We’ll continue to follow the talents of Hayden Bean. As the music career of this talented young artist is just getting started. If you haven’t heard her voice yet, or the way she plays her guitar, do yourself a favor, and take a listen.
We believe she’ll be a household name in the Shreveport community very soon. And who knows, with American Idol tryouts returning to Shreveport September 9th, the entire country could be next.