ALL THE WAY, and more!
featuring Mike Dawes
Having chalked up fifty 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 the Moody Blues, his is an enduring talent that has helped to define the times in which he worked.
Over the last forty-five years the band has sold 55 million albums and received numerous awards. Commercial success has gone hand in hand with critical acclaim, The Moody Blues are renowned the world over as innovators and trail blazers who have influenced any number of fellow artists. Justin is honored with the Moody Blues on the Rock Walk Hall of Fame on Sunset Boulevard and in 2018, the band was be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
Born and brought up in Swindon in the UK, Justin’s interest in music started early when he was five years old and his grandfather bequeathed him his large collection of 78 rpm recordings. “It opened a world of imagination to me,” says Justin.
Having started the ball rolling as a songwriter in his own right with a couple of solo singles, he joined the 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.
Justin continued to create other classic, genre-defining hits ‘Question’, ‘The Voice’, ‘I Know You’re Out There Somewhere’, ‘The Story In Your Eyes’ and ‘Your Wildest Dreams’. These laid the foundation for the incredible success story of the Moody Blues – as well as his solo work – which continues to this day.
As well as live shows, Justin has released several solo recordings; an album of new songs ‘Spirits Of The Western Sky’ – for Eagle Rock – was released in 2013 followed by several solo tours, and in 2014 ‘Spirits…Live’ was made available, which reached No.1 on the Billboard Video chart. 2016 saw the release of ‘All The Way’ (Eagle Rock Entertainment), a compilation from Justin Hayward’s solo career. “All The Way” includes Justin’s solo songs, a recording with The London Philharmonic Orchestra, solo live performances and unique versions of classic Moody Blues tracks and the brand new song “The Wind Of Heaven.” Justin said, “My acoustic solo tours give the perfect balance to the big production of the Moody Blues concerts. I’m so lucky to have both."
While releasing solo albums and working on many different projects, including new solo recordings, Justin continues to tour with the Moody Blues all across the world; Justin has toured with the band extensively in the US, but also the UK, Europe in each of the last few years.
In January 2018, the news broke that The Moody Blues were finally to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. This recognition comes not before time but means a great deal to the band. At the time Justin commented, “I’m extremely grateful to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, first for creating the supreme temple to all that has brought endless joy into my life since I was a small boy, and now, after all these years, for including us.
It’s a privilege to be celebrated in the same building, on the same street even, as my own heroes - Buddy Holly and the Everly Brothers - and now, at last, with us, my heroine Nina Simone.
But all the thanks must go to The Moody Blues fans for giving us a wonderful, wonderful life in music - our induction has now validated the music they so love, and I’m so, so pleased, for us all. Yippee!”
While acceptance into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame is a truly global endorsement, it is of course the music that matters. As such, Justin and the band continue touring the world and singing the classic songs of a generation.
“I have spent most of my life, so far, on the road”, says Justin. “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.