BioGospel soloist, Sonny Hayes, was born in Louisville, Kentucky in August of 1981, but was raised in the Foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, near the Cumberland Gap, in the small town of Barbourville, Kentucky. This location is important to know and understand the musical style of this Southern / Country Gospel soloist. Eastern Kentucky is the home of many loved artists such as: Steven Curtis Chapman, Billy Ray Cyrus, Naomi and Wynonna Judd, Brian Littrell, John Michael Montgomery, Loretta Lynn and many more from various genres and styles of music.
Growing up in church laid the foundation for what was to come. Like most teenagers, Sonny was led astray by the appeals of the world. However, it didn't take long before the Spirit of God began to pull him, (in his own words) "like metal drawn to a magnet." Once Sonny had given his life back to Christ, his heart's desire was to preach. However, God had other plans for Sonny. Lying in his bed one night God began to speak and told him to minister music. Although he couldn't carry a tune, the pastor put him in the pulpit to sing. All at once, as the whole church cried, the Spirit was upon him and out belted the beautiful voice you hear today.
Sonny's first album, It'll Be Worth It After All, was recorded at Chapel Valley studios by well known artists The Roark's/Shane Roark and Shannon Bunch. Sonny has been featured in the Annual Gospel Jubilee, sang at a Gaither Style Concert, and has performed concerts for churches and festivals. Sonny has given performances on several television stations across Kentucky. He has been booked at many fundraiser concerts and memorial candle-lighting services.
Sonny's music has touched the lives and hearts of many people through-out the US and other nations. His voice has echoed in churches great and small. This goes to show that not all talents are practiced or learned, sometimes true talent is God-given. Anyone who has ever heard him sing would bear witness, his Southern / Country Gospel roots run deep.