Obsessed by sport as a kid, Hayley Warner didn't do anything really musical until she was 12, but once she started, that was it. "I never thought I could sing at all until I was like 13 and someone said 'Oh, you're pretty cool", and then I just sort of discovered it and kept working on it," says 17-year-old Hayley, who is currently the frontwoman of the second band she's been in, Bleached Academy.
Bleached Academy have just released an EP but the band action's on hold while Hayley takes her shot at Idol, which she says her band's very supportive of. A mention on Idol has already resulted in 4000 new friend requests for Bleached Academy on MySpace, which they're understandably pleased about.
Leaving school in Year 10 to work and concentrate on music was a no brainer for this girl from Southern Sydney. "I didn't really enjoy school, I never sort of fitted in," Hayley says. "I only really went for the sport, recess and lunch."
"I never got lessons until about a year ago," observes Hayley about her vocal talent. "Then I pulled my finger out of my butt and got cracking - got serious about what I was passionate about."
As to where she inherited her musical talents from, Hayley says her family certainly aren't the culprits. "Other people in my family have no rhythmic bones in their body," she laughs. "Mum can't hold a tune, neither can Dad. [Brother and sister] Josh and Brittany, just atrocious."
Now she's made it into the Final 12 of Australian Idol, Hayley's going to pull out all the stops to make the most of the opportunity. "I hope that this opens a lot of doors for me, and that the right people will see me that enjoy what I can do and bring to the table," states Hayley. "I don't want to go back to working in a surf shop or education. This, for me, is it and I'm definitely willing to do anything in my power to make that happen and hopefully people along the way can help me out. Music's awesome, I just love it."