About Vincent Hayes

2011 Blues Music Award Nominee - Best New Artist
2011 Blues Blast Nominee - Best New Artist, Sean Costello Rising Star Award
2011 Jammie Award Recipient - Album of the Year, Best Group, Best Blues Album
2011 Jammie Award Nominee - Song of The Year
2014 Jammie Award Recipient - Best Blues/Soul Album
2014 Jammie Award Nominee - Song of The Year, Album of The Year

"Hayes is a smart guy with a fresh approach to songwriting from which other lyricists would do well to draw inspiration. His solos and vocals are impassioned and burn with the heat of a man who has walked through fire, and his fat Fender tones and flowing fretwork conjures the spirit of Stevie Ray, the way Stevie tipped his hat to Albert King and Lonnie Mack.” - Blues Blast Magazine

Michigan native Vincent Hayes has earned his stripes as a 25 year veteran of the blues and roots music scene. After honing his craft as a solo acoustic artist on the Midwest festival circuit, Hayes garnered international recognition with the release of his third CD, “Reclamation”, recorded with his band “The Vincent Hayes Project”. Reclamation included eleven original tunes, recorded with renowned producer Glenn Brown (Kid Rock, Root Doctor) on the legendary Muscle Shoals Neve console. The disc, which introduced Hayes to international blues audiences as the fiery Telecaster slinging leader of a high octane five piece electric blues band, debuted at #20 on the Living Blues Radio Chart in June of that year, and soon shot to the #4 position on BB King's Bluesville on Sirius/XM, becoming one of the most played CD's of that year and a favorite of legendary rock DJ Pat St. John. Europe's Real Blues Magazine voted Reclamation as one of the "Top 100 Blues Releases of 2010/2011". In addition to winning multiple 2011 Jammie Awards, including “Best Album, Best Blues, Best Producer” and a nomination for “Song of The Year”, Hayes and his band received highest honors from the Blues Foundation in Memphis, TN with a 2011 Blues Music Award Nomination for “Best New Artist”, initiating Hayes into the world's upper echelon of modern blues guitarists. Big City Blues Magazine said, “Hayes writes brilliant, cliché' free lyrics...and plays inspired, persuasively pensive guitar work that might even cause Clapton to raise an eyebrow in appreciation.”

In 2013 the keyboards were dropped from the line up in favor of creating a more guitar driven sound, and the trio was back for the release of “The Grind”, produced by Bill Chrysler (John Mayer, Ray Lamontagne) and mastered by Brian Lucey (Ray Lamontagne, Black Keys). The harder driven guitar sounds on The Grind solidified Hayes's position as one of the roots music world's most compelling new guitarists, and earned him another 2013 Jammie Award for “Best Blues Album”, as well as receiving airplay on nearly 400 terrestrial FM community and college stations worldwide. John Sinkevics from the Grand Rapids Press and Local Spins said, "Hayes plays from the heart, wherever that might take him. While there are blues hues to satiate longtime fans, Hayes' writing and sincere delivery straddle rock, funk, blues and more with a rootsy sort of charm that grows audiences. The Grind represents the evolution of his musical approach, finding favor not just as a blues guitarist, but as a roots rock singer-songwriter with a great band and well-crafted songs."

Blues Blast Magazine said, “The Grind” should solidify his position as a rising force in the blues and blues-rock pantheon.” Full-time Blues said, “with the quality of blues that this young man is playing, he is quickly establishing himself as one to watch”, and Spain's “La Hora Del Blues” said, “Vincent Hayes has a gift for writing very inspired songs, not only in the blues, but also in roots music, like rock blues and Americana styles.”

Throughout his longstanding career, Vincent has shared the stage and performed with a veritable “who's who” of roots and blues musicians including Joe Bonamassa, former Bob Marley guitarist Donald Kinsey, Martin Sexton, Joanne Shaw Taylor, Mac Arnold (Muddy Waters Band), Larry McCray, Peter Madcat Ruth, as well as former MC-5 manager and counter culture icon, John Sinclair, who hired Vincent and his trio as the support band for his “20 to Life” tour. In 2006 The Vincent Hayes Project opened to a crowd of 19,000 for the original “Jokerman”, Steve Miller, who was so taken with Hayes's guitar playing that he took him aside and told Hayes,“Man, I really like what you do, I just couldn't stop listening!”  In 2011 The Vincent Hayes Project was invited to perform at a private party in West Michigan honoring film maker Michael Moore (Roger & Me, Fahrenheit 911, etc) who complimented the band on their performance.

In the summer of 2013, Vincent and his band received two standing ovations after they were honored with a personal invitation to open for his hero, blues guitar legend BB King at Frederik Meijer Gardens in Grand Rapids, MI. Later in that same month the trio performed their first ever triple headliner alongside Buddy Guy and blues rocker Jonny Lang at the 2013 Coast West Music Festival, proving to the crowd of 10,000 fans that Vincent Hayes has proven himself as a musical force to be reckoned with.

Vincent continues to write, record and perform at festivals and clubs, and he is currently writing new material for the next disc. He has contributed feature articles and concert photography for publications including Blues Festival Guide, and he is also a former board member for the Killer Blues Headstone Project (killerblues.net). Check out more at his website at www.vincenthayes.com

Notable Performances

WYCE Jammie Awards, Nominee Performance, The Intersection, Grand Rapids, MI

Co-headliner with Buddy Guy & Jonny Lang, Main Stage, Coast West Music Festival
Opener for BB King at Frederik Meijer Gardens
WGVU Winter Blues Concert, Co-headliner with Donald Kinsey, Billy's, Grand Rapids, MI
Headliner, "Buses By The Beach" Festival, West Olive, MI
Headliner, Dogwood Center For The Arts, Fremont, MI

Co-headliner with Larry McCray Band, Grand Haven Chili Blues Festival
Opener for Martin Sexton, Dunegrass Music Festival, MI

Co-headliner with Joanne Shaw Taylor, Devos Hall, Grand Rapids, MI
Co-headliner with Mac Arnold, Three Rivers Music Festival
Blues Blast Music Awards, Nominee Performance, Buddy Guy's Legends, Chicago, IL.
Blues Music Awards, Nominee Performance, Cook Convention Center, Memphis, TN
The Flying Saucer, Special BMA Performance, Memphis, TN
WYCE Jammie Awards, Nominee Performance, The Intersection, Grand Rapids, MI

Opener for Ludicris, Main Stage, Muskegon Summer Celebration, Muskegon, MI

Tour support band for counter culture icon John Sinclair (MC5)
Blues City Cafe', Semi-finalists for 2007 International Blues Challenge, Memphis, TN.

Opener for Steve Miller Band, Main Stage, Muskegon Summer Celebration
Club 152 on Beale, Semi-finalists for 2006 International Blues Challenge, Memphis, TN


Vincent has also performed at:
Summer Celebration, Coast West Music Festival, Kalamazoo Blues Festival, Cowpie Blues Festival, Dunegrass Festival, Old Town Blues Festival, Buddy Guy's Legends, Devos Hall, Dogwood Center For The Arts, Frauenthal Center For The Arts, Cook Convention Center (Memphis), Billy's Lounge, Friends of The Blues, Chilly Blues Festival (Grand Haven, MI), Chicago Blues Festival (street performer), Steak n' Blues (Muskegon), Muskegon Biketime Fest, Alpena Blues Festival, Czar's, Bell's Brewing Co, The Alley Door Club, Pigeon Hill Brewing Co, Saugatuck Brewing Co, New Holland Brewing Co, The Flying Saucer (Memphis), Rum Boogie Cafe' (Memphis), Blues City Cafe' (Memphis), Three Rivers Music Festival, Buses by The Beech, Deelite Bar & Grill, The Rosebud, The Big Eazy, The Loading Dock, Legg's Inn, Blues on The Farm, C2, The Sandbar Saloon, Blues Brews & BBQ Festival, Lakeshore Tavern, Theatre Bar, Kirby Bar & Grill...

Vincent has performed and/or shared the bill with the following artists:
Buddy Guy, BB King, Jonny Lang, Steve Miller Band, Larry McCray, Mac Arnold, Donald Kinsey (Kinsey Report/Bob Marley & The Wailers), John Sinclair (MC5), Joanne Shaw Taylor, Ludicris, Peter "Madcat" Ruth, Peter Parcek, Chris O' Leary, Greg Nagy, Frank Bang's Secret Stash, Steve Arvey, Melanie Marod, Scott Pellegrom