Johnnie Hayes

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Johnnie Hayes
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Born (1986-01-24) January 24, 1986 (age 38)
Newark, New Jersey
CitizenshipUnited States
  • Start 2 Finish
  • The Turn
  • High Horse Premium LLC
  • S.T.F entertainment
Height5 ft 11 in (180 cm)

Johnnie Hayes (born 24 January 1986) is an American singer, songwriter, serial entrepreneur, and philanthropist. He is the founder & CEO of S.T.F Entertainment, Start 2 Finish LLC, High Horse Premium LLC, and is best known for his musical talents and humanitarian work. He is also the founder of Turn, Talent, Urban Resource Network, a New York City charity. Hayes, with the TURN platform, aims to provide musical tuition, music production training, songwriting camps and workshops, and numerous outreaches to at-risk youngsters around the Tri-State area.[1]

Hayes rose to popularity with his debut song, “He Don’t Know,” in 2016, which received thousands of views on YouTube.[2] Since then, he has released multiple singles such as “Wine Pon It,” “African Girls,”[3] and “Let It Go,” solidifying his position in the music industry.

Early life and education

Hayes, also known as Johnnie Gerard McCann Jr, was born on 24 January 1986 in Newark, New Jersey. He grew up in the South Bronx, Harlem, New Rochelle, New York. The son and grandson of distinguished and prolific educators and pastors has two sisters.

Johnnie was raised by his maternal grandparents, Reverend Dr. Shellie Sampson and Delorenzo Sampson, and is the son of the Reverend Dr. Johnnie G. McCann, Sr. Hayes's grandfather was the beloved pastor of Thessalonia Worship Center, a publisher, the first African American food scientist for Anheuser-Busch, and an educator. He co-founded Thessalonia Academy in the Bronx with his wife, where Johnnie also attended. Hayes's father, Dr. McCann, Sr., pastored at the St. Luke Baptist Church in Harlem for 27 years and authored over a dozen books. An educator at heart, Dr. McCann was an adjunct professor of Baptist Studies and Pastoral Formation at Drew University. Hayes traveled to many countries throughout his youth serving as a missionary alongside his father and grandparents.

Johnnie briefly studied piano at the Harlem School of Arts and played drums as well as clarinet in the school band. Later, Hayes attended high school in Lincoln, Nebraska, and graduated from Touro College with a degree in Liberal Arts. He has several certifications in alcohol and drug awareness and has a barber license from Tribeca Barber & Cosmetology School.


Hayes began his career in 2003 and got his first record deal as a hip-hop artist. He later reestablished himself as an independent artist with his debut song “He Don’t Know,” which received mass popularity. Since then, Hayes has released several music projects; Hayes has secured a global viewership of over 1 million views online.[4]

Apart from his exponential growth in the music industry, Hayes is also an active philanthropist. He is the founder of Turn, Talent, Urban Resource Network, a Tri-State area non-profit organization that promotes and empowers underserved youth by organizing songwriting camps, workshops, and outreach programs. Turn also focuses on providing essential resources to the less fortunate, haircuts for the homeless, PPEs, food & school supplies globally.


S.No. Title Year Type
1 He Don’t Know 2016 Single
2 Tired 2016 Single
3 Let It Go 2017 Single
4 Wine Pon It 2017 Single
5 No Escaping (Ft. Tatina Owe no ns) 2018 Single
6 African Girls 2019 Single
7 She Never 2019 Single

Personal life

Hayes is a divorcee with four children and speaks English & Spanish.

In the media



  1. "Johnnie Hayes Touching and Impacting Life with His Music and Message". Thisis50. 17 December 2021. Retrieved 20 March 2022.
  2. "Johnnie Hayes - "He Don't Know"". Hip Hop Dose. 6 August 2020. Retrieved 20 March 2022.
  3. "The Source |New York Singer Johnnie Hayes Releases Music Video for 'African Girls'". The Source. 12 August 2020. Retrieved 20 March 2022.
  4. "Johnnie Hayes Unleashes Brand New Anthem 'African Girls'". Retrieved 20 March 2022.

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