John Hayward

John Hayward

 Halifax, Nova Scotia, CAN
BandPopAcoustic

Biography

John Hayward is all heart, and inside that heart lives the most beautiful of harmonies.

It all started with—well—love. Love and music.

John is what some may call a prodigy. He is a romantic who is in love with every melody, rhythm, and beat he can seduce out of his voice, guitar, or any other instrument he can get his hands on. He is a perfectionist in his craft who has worked hard all his life. Like other greats who have come before him he has literally put his blood, sweat, and tears into over 15 years of musical performance and independent recordings.

As long as John can remember music has been the driving force in his life. From the earliest age he was all about the bigger picture, music production. His earliest memories are of having his father write songs for him to perform and be recorded. To feed John's fantasies his Father would even create cassette jackets to make his young son feel like a real rock star. This was merely the beginning. By age 11 he created his first solo multi-track recording using two boom boxes, electric drums, a guitar, and a microphone. The song was an original heavy metal recording inspired from the bands he loved, such as AC/DC, Suicidal Tendencies, and Megadeth. At age 12 he discovered punk music and everything changed. He fell fast and hard for the music and the scene. The proceeding years of his life were fully immersed in this music, and as with everything in his life he had to be the best. This next phase in John’s life would provoke him down a hard and fast road that almost destroyed him.

John Hayward is a creator, not a follower. Unfortunately, this same fire in his belly that fuelled him spun him out of control as he quickly fell into a world of crime, drugs, violence, and death. A long road to mishap. His heart was becoming consumed in a booze and drug soaked haze. Swallowed by conflict and hatred. This almost killed him, but it never stopped him from making music. If anything he just worked harder to attain his goal of being on top.
It was in the year of 2009 that would prove to change everything. John was reunited with an old friend whose love helped him crawl out of the pit he had dug for himself. Inspired by this reconnection he began writing music that had a notable softer side compared to his former punk rock and hardcore days. Soon he was over flowing with ideas for songs that would mark the next chapter in his career. Armed with nothing but a mic and his guitar John nervously began to perform his new work to local crowds in Halifax.

But don’t let the sweat on his brow fool you, he still is John Hayward. He is still ferociously driven to be the best.

In his young life he has been to the bottom and back, headed over 30 bands, tried just about everything once, and he did it all with a song in his heart. Whether it was back in his chaos days with his fist pumping in the air to punk and hardcore music, or in the recent days with him laughing and dancing to pop punk, John's essence is music. It is no wonder that he puts the same gusto into his flourishing solo career.

On any given day of the week you can usually find John at a local open mic night in Halifax strumming his guitar Georgia Blue, or Caroline and crooning to an audience of loving fans. Just like in his song 'Step Out' he has changed his "heart 180 degrees." From the first time he felt the power of music at age 3, to that young boy just going out to express himself anyway he could, John has always been a true artist stripped raw in front of a crowd to be consumed. He has come a long way from his troubled rough youth to his softened present self. He has become a strong man who is not afraid to bare his soul and give you a piece of his heart.

Just be careful for he might just go and steal yours.

-Rachel Osolen / Dalhousie University (MySpace Bio)

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I have a large umbrella of music that has influenced my life. But if I were to narrow it down to the more softer choices of my influences, I'd have to go with...
...in no particular order...

Face To Face,
Alex Goot,
A Rocket To The Moon,
Sarah McLachlan,
Kathleen Edwards,
Vanessa Carlton,
Dashboard Confessional,
The Barra MacNeils,
Cady Groves,
Billy The Kid,
All Time Low (unplugged),
Something Corporate,
Teamwork,
The Maine,
...plus so much more!

I'm also a huge, huge, HUGE fan of Pop-Punk. Always have. Always will. Real sugary stuff. I'm also a big fan of mixing acoustic riffing with pop, synth & piano. Electro & Acoustic Pop... Love it!! Absolutely crazy for Celtic Folk as well. Nothing prouder & prettier then the sounds of Nova Scotia. It's definitely in my blood.

Also ...there have been many one track wonders for me growing up. Sometimes an artist will capture me with one song & one song only. It's not easy settling for such a small list. Music is one thing I could talk forever about.

One thing I kn

Lyrics

Step Out

Written By: John Hayward

Been here for years, writing songs and drinking beers.
Always keeping it real. Never selling out a single ideal.
Staying true to my heart & playing punk rock songs on my guitar.
I remember a time, a time when things were so less jaded.

They’ll paint you into a corner and call you out.
They’ll try to pull you down. Hold on and stand your ground.

When did music get so played, predictable and under paid?
…a self-restrained, melodic display of insincerity.
Write what’s in your heart. Don’t let the critics call the shots.
You’ll see. There’s life beyond the scene when you step out.

When you step out.

It’s always the man without a guitar in his hand,
who points his finger at the men behind the band.
HE CALLS YOU OUT! …”you’re selling out.”
Don’t let 'em tell you what it’s about.
Pour it on out. Pour your heart out for the world,
and SCREAM AND SHOUT!

Don’t try and figure ‘em out, it’s all been done.
And just remember you don’t owe a damn thing to anyone.

When did music get so played, predictable and under paid?
…a self-restrained, melodic display of insincerity.
Write what’s in your heart. Don’t let the critics call the shots.
You’ll see. There’s life beyond the scene when you step out.

When you step out.

So write what’s in your heart. Reach out and touch the stars.
Be on your way. Set out and seize the day.

And I just wanna live and laugh and love…
…and take it home, where ever we go.

So write what makes you proud,
and don’t worry whose in the crowd.
You gotta let your conscience breath.
A change of heart. 180 degrees.

You gotta lose the thin disguise.
Forget about their rolling eyes.
You gotta start living your life today.
They never knew you anyway.

When did music get so played, predictable and under paid?
…a self-restrained, melodic display of insincerity.
Write what’s in your heart. Don’t let the critics call the shots.
You’ll see. There’s life beyond the scene.

…an under paid, a self-restrained, melodic display of insincerity.
Write what’s in your heart. Don’t let the critics call the shots.
You’ll see. New life, new air to breath,
when you step out beyond your means,
and see there’s life beyond the scene so just step out.

Just step out.
…You gotta live beyond your means so…
Just step out.
…ohhh
Just step out.
…You gotta let your conscience breath so…
Just step out.

Set List

01. Step Out
02. Love Me To Death
03. Eyes On Caroline
04. Heart Of Gold
05. Forever Yours
06. City By The Sea
07. -cover-
08. Phoenix
09. Lost
10. Walk Away

OTHER ORIGINALS:
Dance All Night
Bright Eyes
The Good Life
Show The World
For My Friends

COVERS:
Face To Face - I Want (w/ company)
Face To Face - 1000 X (w/ company)
Face To Face - Disconnected
Face To Face - Everything Is Everything
Nofx - Please Play This Song On The Radio (w/ company)
Nofx - Fleas
Nofx - Linoleum
Lagwagon - Kids Don't like To Share
Lagwagon - Know It All
Lagwagon - Violens
Strung Out - Radio Suicide
Propagandhi - Anti-Manifesto
Ten Foot Pole - Old Man
Bad Religion - Heaven Is Falling
Pennywise - Unknown Road
All - Skin Deep
Chixdiggit - Gerry Cheevers
Friday Night Fever - Glamour Kills
Stereos - Summer Girl
Vanessa Carlton - A Thousand Miles
Alex Goot - Pretty Eyes
Randy Travis - Forever & Ever Amen
Brad Paisley - Mud On The Tires
Tim McGraw - Where The Green Gras