Legendary singer-songwriter Justin Hayward (the voice of Moody Blues) brings his “The Wind of Heaven Tour” to Ponte Vedra Beach in support of his latest album release All The Way. Hayward will be performing new songs from the album as well as Moody Blues favorites when the tour makes a stop at Ponte Vedra Concert Hall. Having chalked up nearly 50 years at the peak of the music and entertainment industry, Justin Hayward’s voice has been heard the world over. Known principally as the vocalist, lead guitarist and composer for Moody Blues, his is an enduring talent that has helped to define the times in which he worked. Over the last 45 years the band has sold 55 million albums and received numerous awards. Commercial success has gone hand in hand with critical acclaim, Moody Blues are renowned the world over as innovators and trail blazers who have influenced any number of fellow artists. Hayward is honored with Moody Blues on the Rock Walk Hall of Fame on Sunset Boulevard.
Having started the ball rolling as a songwriter in his own right with a couple of solo singles, he joined Moody Blues in the summer of 1966. Hitting his stride immediately with the single “Fly Me High”, he followed it up with the classic hit songs “Nights in White Satin” and “Tuesday Afternoon” from the seminal album Days of Future Past. This album went on to become a favorite of the NASA astronauts and was taken aboard the Atlantis shuttle space craft by chief astronaut “Hoot” Gibson on many missions.
This purple patch showed no sign of abating as Hayward created other classic, era and genre-defining hits “Question”, “The Voice”, “I Know You’re Out There Somewhere” and “Your Wildest Dreams”. These laid the foundation for the incredible success story of Moody Blues – as well as his solo work – which continues to this day. When Moody Blues took a break from touring in 1975, Hayward worked on the Blue Jays album, followed by the hit single “Blue Guitar” (recorded with the members of 10cc). Although the Moodies continued to record and tour at the highest level, Hayward also found time to create several solo albums: Songwriter, Night Flight, Moving Mountains and The View From the Hill. Proving that he could write massive hits outside of Moody Blues, Hayward hit the top ten globally in 1978 with “Forever Autumn” – created for Jeff Wayne’s War of the Worlds album. Becoming, even for a writer of his stature, a signature song, this was the spur to him taking to the stage – for five years, from 2005 – 2010, and starring in the spectacular live stadium production.
In the 1980s he was made a member of the famous “SODS” (The Society of Distinguished Songwriters) and in 2012 he was elected “King SOD”. He also collaborated in 1989 with Mike Batt and the London Philharmonic Orchestra and recorded the album Classic Blue. In March 1997 Hayward was chosen as the subject for the TV show This Is Your Life in the presence of many of his friends including Marty Wilde, Lionel Bart and astronaut “Hoot” Gibson. In 2005 he was presented with The Golden Note award from ASCAP, the top honor for a British writer, and he has appeared in Nashville regularly with other songwriters in showcase events. In 2013 The Performing Rights Society in the U.K. awarded him his second Ivor Novello statue for Outstanding Achievement. Whilst releasing solo albums and DVDs and working on many different projects, including new solo recordings, Hayward continues to tour with Moody Blues all across the world. Hayward records in Italy and France of which he says, “Spending time making music in a beautiful place with your friends is every songwriter’s dream”. His latest album of new songs Spirits Of The Western Sky – for Eagle Rock – was followed by several solo tours, and most recently a live in concert DVD, Spirits…Live, which reached Number 1 on the Billboard Video chart. “My acoustic solo tours give the perfect balance to the big production of Moody Blues concerts. I’m so lucky to have both”. His live solo show is currently being shown all over the United States on PBS.
“I have spent most of my life, so far, on the road”, says Hayward. “Playing live and creating a small piece of magic in a room is like a drug to me, one that I never want to give up”. His is a talent that has helped soundtrack more than a generation and created a legacy that remains undimmed.
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