Justin David Hayward is an English songwriter, lead singer and former guitarist in the rock band the Moody Blues. Born in Swindon, Wiltshire, he studied at Shrivenham School in Berkshire, and The Commonweal School in Swindon. Hayward has shown interest in music since his teenage years, taking part in several groups on the age of 15. One of those early bands was called All Things Bright. It was formed for The Hollies and Brian Poole and the Tremeloes.
About Justin Hayward
Career success and personal life
Justin bought his Gibson 335 guitar when he was a teenager. It is a remarkable instrument, which appears on all of his records during his career. In 1964 Justin signed an eight-year contract with the skiffle artist and record producer Lonnie Donegan. Up until this day, Hayward regrets this decision, and the reason for his regret is that the rights to all his songs written between 1964 and 1972 would belong to Donegan’s Tyler Music. In 1966 he took place in the Moody Blues, replacing vocalist and guitarist Denny Laine.
The story after Lonnie Donegan
After six years together, Moody Blues decided to take a four-year break from performing. But that didn’t stop Hayward from recording and releasing his first solo album called Songwriter. He had multiple concerts and events, including his most recent release in 2013 - Spirits of the Western Sky album on Eagle Rock label. Hayward was awarded first of numerous awards from the ASCAP(American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) for songwriting in 1974. In 1988 he received a Novello, for Composer of the Year. He has been awarded multiple times after that, including the “Golden Note” and the “Gold Badge” for lifetime achievements following in 2000 and 2004. Justin was married in 1970 to Ann Marie Guirron and has a daughter named Doremi, who sang with him in “Raised on Love”.