The first year of Kyle James Hauser’s music career began auspiciously: he performed at CMJ, SXSW and the Toronto Int’l Film festivals; was a competitive finalist at Telluride Bluegrass and Rocky Mountain Folk festivals; and released his first record “Oh Oh” on sonaBLAST! Records. 

A graduate in Songwriting from Berklee College of Music, Kyle James Hauser went on to study banjo under Jayme Stone, Noam Pikelny, Chris Pandolfi and others. He’s been involved in over a dozen album releases over his career, and his album "You a Thousand Times" reached #1 on Colorado Public Radio a month after its 2014 release. His songs are featured in film and television including Judd Apatow’s The Big Sick, MTV's series 16 & Pregnant and Teen Mom, Where Hope Grows and many more.

Kyle James Hauser’s performance credits include performances at the Kentucky Derby, and sharing the stage with Nathaniel Rateliff, Bonnie “Prince” Billy, The Head and the Heart, Brett Dennen, John Hiatt, David Grisman and more. Playing with Colorado band Rapidgrass 2014-2016, Hauser released two albums and toured internationally, most notably headlining La Roche Bluegrass Festival in France and winning 2015’s RockyGrass Competition. In 2015, Hauser also seized the opportunity to co-write a ballet with one of the country’s most highly-regarded regional ballet companies, the Louisville Ballet.

Hauser currently serves as Programs Coordinator for the Detour touring program at Bohemian Foundation’s groundbreaking incubator, The Music District. He’s been involved in music nonprofits Louisville Folk School (as co-founder), Think 360 Arts, Colorado Music Collective and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. In addition to a private teaching practice he teaches songwriting at the Berklee College of Music and has given masterclasses at schools all over the country, including Oberlin Conservatory and Swallow Hill. 



You a Thousand Times (sonaBLAST! Records, 2014)
Oh Oh (sonaBLAST! Records, 2012)

Music in Film and TV


Hurt(Blumhouse Productions, 2018)
The Big Sick(Apatow Productions, 2017)
Beauty Mark(The Group Entertainment, 2017)
Split (Derby City Productions, 2016)
End Of The Line (Wilder Productions, 2015)
Creditors (Tough Dance Productions, 2015)
Where Hope Grows (2014)
A Strange Brand of Happy (Rebel Pilgrim Productions, 2013)
2nd Serve (The Group Entertainment, 2013)
YERT (Media Changing Media, 2012)


16 and Pregnant (MTV, 2012)
Teen Mom (MTV, 2012)

Also Appears on

Crooked Road - Rapidgrass Quintet (banjo/voice/songwriting, 2015)
Belle 100 Steamboat Songs (sonaBLAST! Records, 2014)
Self Titled - Rapidgrass Quintet (banjo/voice, 2013)
Self Titled - Lee Ave (producer/guitar/voice, 2012)
Live for Today - The Drunken Hearts (banjo, 2012)
Lexicon - Will Knox (banjo, 2012)
Misfit - Rob Roper (banjo, 2011)
The Matador and the Acrobat - Will Knox (banjo, 2010)
Self Titled - Head for the Hills (banjo, 2010)
Unpredictable - John McVey (banjo, 2010)
Hearts, Words and Other Forgotten Things - Ayo Awosika (banjo, 2009)
Another City - Brooke Parrott (banjo, 2008)
Buckled Knees - Will Knox (banjo, 2007)
Self Titled - Caitlin Nicol-Thomas (banjo, 2007)
Last Call Poets - Audible Audities (banjo, 2007)
Self Titled - Johnny Vs The Ninjas (guitar/vocals, 2006)