LOS ANGELES — The 58th Annual Grammy Award Nominees were released on December 7 from Los Angeles and in the midst of all the nominees one of them was Northmont grad Troy O. Hayes, the drummer of the three-time Dove Award Nominees from Dayton, ‘New Harvest.’
Troy’s talents have continued the vision and passion of music that has been birthed in his family as a young child. Troy’s father served in the United States Air Force; Terence O. Hayes, Sr, and retired after 22 years of honorable military service. During his father’s career he created the gospel group New Harvest and with over 1000 community hours Terence was presented with the Volunteer Outstanding Medal with two oak leaf clusters during his tenure.
Troy became the drummer of the group at 15 years of age and traveled with them across the country from California, Chicago, Atlanta, and many more stages and platforms. His skill and talent as a drummer was often observed by other skilled drummers who noted how well he “stayed in the pocket” playing drums.
Troy’s commitment and dedication to music was always in the forefront of his mind. After graduating from Northmont High School (2008) he attended Wright State University where he accomplished his 4-year degree in Psychology. He was the first male of his family to achieve this goal. After graduation he continued his hand and pursuing his dream of music. Relationships are important for moving ahead in life. Troy connected with Grammy Award winners, Stellar Award Winners, and more; the PAJAM music group under the leadership of Paul Allen and Walter Kearney and J-Moss! During this tenure the musical relationship began, he began to work for them for music production, some song writing, and other tasks up and coming producers do.
Troy worked on a very popular song known as ‘Bruno Mars.’ The assignment was to work on a project called; “Vocally Challenged” (Singers Challenge) Bruno Mars (PDA Mix) this is an a-capella version of this song with Troy at the helm doing lead vocals, background harmonies, and more along with J Moss. During the Grammy process this song was selected to be in the mix of all other genres of music. Vocally Challenged is listed as No. 62, ‘Best Arrangement, Instrumental or a-cappella.’ (PMG Records)
“Vocally Challenged is the combination of Producers/Writers and singers of Pajam,” Troy Hayes said. “We wanted to create something different that showcased our versatility and ability as writers/artist/producers. All the music is a-capella, only utilizing our vocals to create the music in all of our songs. The album “Vocally Challenged: A Singers Challenge” (Coming soon) is simply our way of showing that behind all the production and drums and keyboards and synths, we are artists at heart and true musicians to our core. The song ‘Bruno Mars’ was an idea to take some of the most popular musical hits from Pop/Soul artist Bruno Mars and put our own twist to it a-capella. We narrowed a list of at least 10 of his top songs down to just three. We pushed each other to create something huge to merge the three songs together. I worked and arranged here in Dayton and submitted my work back and forth to Detroit ‘til we had the finished product completed in time to release as our single for the soon to be released project ‘Vocally Challenged: A Singer’s Challenge’ and make the Grammy deadline nomination. The rest is history.”
February 15, 2016 the Grammies will air live in Los Angeles CA. The hometown crew will be cheering and watching to learn if Troy brings home the trophy. Troy is a newlywed. This past summer he married the love of his life; Danielle Carter-Hayes. When Troy got the call of the nomination he phoned her and said, “Babe, I got the Grammy nomination. I’m not rich yet, but it is a good thing.”
Dani replied, “You’re rich with God’s Favor.”
Troy is the son of Pastor Terence O. Hayes, Sr. and Rhonda L. McDuffie-Hayes. He is the youngest son of seven brothers and sisters who all have music in their DNA.
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