Hailey Finesse started playing music at 5 years old when she first learned to play the ukulele. Since then, music has become her entire life as she later learned to play the electric guitar. By freshman year of high school, she started performing at open mics around Honolulu to gain experience and practice dealing with her anxiety on stage. Eventually, she started posting YouTube and Facebook covers with Farrah Camu to grow a musical following.
Around 2017, Hailey and former music partner, Joseph Carag, started Ragamuffs together initially as a duo. At the time Ragamuffs, found their momentum playing shows each month as a 4-piece live band and writing original songs. By the summer of 2019, she spearheaded a successful Kickstarter that funded their debut 7 song EP, "Achy Luminescence." Just before the release, they went on their first DIY tour in California playing venues such as Hotel Cafe and The Moroccan Lounge!
In early 2020, they opened for a sold out Mac DeMarco concert and The Unlikely Candidates at The Republik and were also 1 of 3 Hawai'i bands selected as SXSW 2020 Official Artists amidst the current pandemic. “Used to Be” and “Lainey Lainey” also made a cameo in Amazon Prime’s “I Know What You Did Last Summer.”
As of 2022, Hailey will be releasing new music as Ragamuffs and make her way over to SXSW in Austin, TX with her live band consisting of Locke Nishihara (drums), Ryan Miyashiro (lead guitar), and Tony Burruso (bass).
The history of Ragamuffs has been quite an evolution but she is ready to continue developing her sound and is planning out future releases.
Her pastel-colored indie sounds will take you from cool-blue serene settings to rhapsodized skipping on a mustard day. With blends of pop, folk, shoegaze, and lo-fi you’ll be feeling like the main character of a movie, boppin your head with wind in your face…or maybe you’re really just shopping at pacsun about to shazam a catchy ear bug playing above you~