The Mylon Hayes family is from Hudson, N.C. The Family consists of Mylon and Wendy and their children Conner, Bailey and Kennedy. Get to know more about this family!
Question: Did you grow up with a strong southern gospel influence? When did you first become interested in southern gospel?
Mylon Hayes (Hayes Family): Yes. I grew up singing southern gospel music with my family, The Hayes Family. I was influenced early on by the Speer Family, the Rex Nelon Singers, the Inspirations as well as others. I really don't remember a point in my life where southern gospel music was not a part of it. Although Wendy did not sing in a group or with family growing up, she loved and listened to some of the same groups as I and went to a lot of concerts with her aunt and uncle as a child.
Q: How did you get started singing and traveling as a family?
Mylon: The kids have been singing since they were able to talk. They almost always traveled with us on the Hayes Family bus and would sing some just about every time we would sing. But Wendy and I started feeling the Lord leading us to sing some with our kids around 2009. We just didn't know exactly when or how that might happen. After much prayer, God's prompting and various circumstances, we felt the time was right at the end of 2011 to make our first CD as the Mylon Hayes Family. The Lord has given us many opportunities since then to sing and we are so thankful for each!
Q: What's the one thing that you want people who walk away from your concerts to know about the Mylon Hayes Family?
Mylon: That we love them and most of all that Jesus loves them!!
Q: Do you have a favorite song that you sing? And what song from another group has ministered to you?
Mylon: "He Is God" - Love the message and style of that song. It talks about a familiar Bible story and gives us the opportunity to remind people that our God never changes...He's the same yesterday, today and forever. I think that's a great reminder for us because our world is changing so rapidly it seems. Jesus is our Rock!!! We can rest easy in the midst of all the changes because of Him!
"Faces" by Greater Vision has been a great encouragement to us to keep serving the Lord even though we may not see a lot of results in this life.
Q: What artists have been your biggest influence (musically and/or personally)?
Mylon: In addition to the ones I mentioned earlier, The Cathedrals have to be at the top of that list. They were the biggest influence on me in my teenage years. In my opinion, they were the best all male quartet ever!
Q: What has been your favorite memory so far in your ministry? Do you have a certain concert that stands out?
Mylon: You know...we're just getting started singing with our family so really nothing just stands out... but just the opportunity to do this together is a thrill every time. That God would allow us to do this is the fulfillment of a deep desire in our hearts and we couldn't be more grateful. In the "concert that stands out" category...for the kids it would probably be the chance to sing on stage at the NQC at such an early age. We've also had some great services in churches. For Wendy and me, it's just been awesome to see the Lord already using the kids to bring encouragement and influence to others.
Q: What new things are coming up for the Mylon Hayes Family?
Mylon: Our second CD is due out in mid August 2013, and we're excited about that. We are also scheduled to be in some new areas in the near future and that's always great to meet new people. We have a desire to do a tour to the west coast. We're hoping that will work out very soon as well. Of course, we plan to be at NQC again this year and we look forward to that.
For more on the Mylon Hayes family, check out their website. Thanks so much to the Hayes family for taking time to answer my questions!