Kay Hanley began her career in music as the lead singer of Boston- based alternative rock band Letters to Cleo, releasing 3 acclaimed albums between 1990-2000, and spawning such hits as Awake and Here and Now. After a 16-year hiatus, Letters To Cleo reunited in 2016 to release new music and embark on several sold-out US tours. They are currently writing their 4th full length studio album. In the late 90’s, Ms. Hanley began expanding her work as a singer and songwriter, providing the singing voice for Rachael Leigh Cook's character Josie in Universal Pictures; feature film Josie and the Pussycats and performing cover versions of Nick Lowe's Cruel to be Kind and Cheap Trick's I Want You To Want Me in Touchstone Pictures' hit film 10 Things I Hate About You. Today, Hanley is a Peabody Award winning music composer for animated television, penning original songs for shows like Disney Junior's hit series Vampirina and Doc McStuffins, Dreamworks’ Harvey Street Kids, WB/Cartoon Network’s DC Super Hero Girls and upcoming Netflix series, Ada Twist, Scientist.
Ms. Hanley and her longtime songwriting partner. Michelle Lewis are co-executive directors of Songwriters Of North America (SONA), a non-profit advocacy organization that fights for the protection and value of songs and songwriters in the digital music marketplace. As a result of her advocacy work, Hanley was chosen to represent songwriters on the Mechanical Licensing Collective, serving as vice- chair of the Unclaimed Royalties Oversight Committee.