JUSTIN HAYWARD OF THE MOODY BLUES DELIGHTS ADMIRERS WITH AN UNFORGETTABLE APPEARANCE AT THE GRAMMY MUSEUM
The GRAMMY Museum in downtown Los Angeles, California served as the site of a uniquely historic sold-out event last night featuring Justin Hayward, the legendary singer, guitarist and composer with the iconic British rockers The Moody Blues.
The evening opened with a screening of an epic music video for Hayward’s newest composition The Wind of Heaven, a song written as the theme for an upcoming motion picture about a Veteran dealing with PTSD. Grammy Museum director Scott Goldman, started by introducing Justin's co-writer on the song and one of the movie's producers David Minasian, along with Martina Webster and lead producer, Trinity Houston. He then sat down with Hayward and expertly conducted an enlightening and at times humorous interview which spanned Hayward’s entire career. Special attention was given to The Moody Blues’ landmark album Days of Future Passed for which the band is currently on tour, celebrating its 50 year anniversary.
In attendance were a number of Grammy members, Industry VIPs and high profile members of the press including those from the ABC Television Network and LA Weekly. Longtime fans also journeyed to LA from around the country to celebrate the works of this legendary musician. Representing the Veteran organization, Stars for Stripes actress Kerri Turner, showed her support of Justin's newest Veteran-centric song. Phil Runyan of the group Veterans Matter and Eileen Norton & William Schlichter, CDR(ret) USN from the nonprofit organization, Wild in North Dakota were also in attendance, were also recognized.
The evening ended on a high note with an acoustic set by Hayward who was joined by talented Moody Blues keyboardist/backing vocalist Julie Ragins. It included a couple of Moody’s classics" Nights In White Satin", "Your Wildest Dreams", a pair of solo gems "Forever Autumn", "Who Are You Now" and a surprising rendition of 1969’s "Out and In", originally composed by former band member and Mellotron pioneer Mike Pinder.
Justin's song, "The Wind of Heaven" now begins its Grammy consideration journey. If chosen, this will mark his first ever Grammy Nomination. For the man that wrote "Nights in White Satin", such recognition is long overdue.
Don't miss the upcoming 50 Year Anniversary concert on the opening night of the Hollywood Bowl this Saturday, June 17th!