Hunter Hayes

Singer and sax player (Not the country artist) was born Douglas Hayes Pinkney in Montclair, N.J. In 1951, he was raised in the church. At 15, a minister gave Hayes an Old silver "C" Melody Saxphone which he taught himself to play by ear. He practiced and learned fast. In 1968, at 18 years ofd, he and his band "The Hotline" were signed to De-Lite Records along with Kool & The Gang and GQ. Those were the years Hayes says he truly learned how to be an entertainer and how to write and arrange his own original songs. When Hayes left De-Lite in late 1976, he went back to his roots, "The Church," and by mid-1980 he went solo performing live, recording and writing songs.

It turned out to be a hard juggle to do both, but in late 1986-1987 he made a deal with Island Records and recorded two very good house records caled "Are You Wid It" and "This Time," which got a lot of New York radio play. Hayes appeared at The Paradise Garage in New York City, The Mecca House of Music and literally brought the house down. Hayes was one of the first artists to play a saxophone "Live Onstage" with his tracks.

In 1990, he was signed to Columbia Records. It was a great feelign at first, but they wouldn't let me write my own songs. After a year with no hits, plus bad contract and money issues, it was over. Sony let Hayes go. He had to start all over again. That's when Hayes decided to handle his own career and write his own songs.

In 1991, Hayes put his writing skills to work and wrote the theme song for a TV show called "Due Process," which has since won seven Emmy awards and still airs twice a week on NJN. Hayes used his gifted voice and sax to record his latest CD on his own lable called "Hunter Hayes Music." The CD is called "It's A Wonderful Life." His big hit on iTunes, CD Baby, Amazon & Tune Core is called "Spanish Love Song."

Hayes has not been afraid to sing and speak the truth about controversial subjects such as racism, marriage and child abuse. Listen to his song, "Don't call me Y.T., and his Gospel CD "In My Father's House" and "Colors Of Freedom."

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Singer and sax player (Not the country artist) was born Douglas Hayes Pinkney in Montclair, N.J. In 1951, he was raised in the church. At 15, a minister gave Hayes an Old silver "C" Melody Saxphone which he taught himself to play by ear. He practiced and learned fast. In 1968, at 18 years ofd, he and his band "The Hotline" were signed to De-Lite Records along with Kool & ...

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