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GREGOTA MUSIC LLC: Bio

Gregota Music LLC was founded in 1985 by Hayward Gregory Sr. Through the years, Gregota Music started it ascend into the music industry scene. In 2000, Gregota Music LLC joined ASCAP, BMI, The Harry Fox Agency and The National Music Publishing Association as a music publisher. In 2003, Gregota Music been working in acquiring music catalogs for its company. Some of the catalog acquired by Gregota Music consist of several "Clarence Fountain of The Blind Boys of Alabama" music. Several other catalogs acquired includes Greg Kelly works of "The Supreme Angels", Dwight Fields of the "Manhattans", Willie Johnson of the "Morning Stars of Savannah Ga", Arika Kane and other musical works. Gregotas' vast music catalogs are all available for licensing through the Harry Fox Agency. Gregota Music Publishing also has music licensed out by major record labels such as Capitol Records, Philadelphia International Record/The Right Stuff (aka Gamble and Huff) for song titles "Holdin On" and "God Is Movin" performed by the Blind Boys of Alabama. Other labels include Compendia Music Group, Light Records, BMG Music, Summit Cross Records, EMI, House of Blues and many others. Beside running a publishing company, Gregota Music signed a distribution deal with leading christian music distributor "Central South Distribution, Inc., to release "Clarence Fountain, The Blind Boys of Alabama featuring Samuel Butler Jr". CD entitled "Faith Moves Mountains". Other releases includes, "White XMAS Blues", "Rare Classics", Shadez of the Blues", "The Haywood Gregory Collection Vol 2". and "Al B Sosa". Due to Gregota's vast genre of music, "Gregota Gospel was formed to manage its Christian Music catalog. Music representation of many writers has required the company to affiliate itself with BMI. Haygota Music Publishing is a division of Gregota Music to enable the company to represent and protect its affiliated BMI writers music catalog. Gregota Music Publishing manage its ASCAP writers music catalogs. Gregota Music LLC is a small company dedicated in bringing you good music of all genre and the protection of writers musical rights.

HAYWOOD GREGORY - Singer, Guitarist, Composer & Producer

Haywood Gregory, a native of Savannah Georgia, began singing in churches and public schools at the age of seven, and it had been merely a few years before he became a professional singer at the age of fourteen. Some of his many accolades include having performed with Morgan Freeman, The Blind Boys of Alabama and The Soul Stirrers (1988) in the Broadway hit play "GOSPEL AT COLONUS" at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre in New York City, touring throughout the United States and Europe performing at various festivals such as the Newport Jazz Festival (RI), the 36th Montreux Jazz Festival (Switzerland), and the 20th Savannah Jazz Festival (GA)., and numerous appearances on the Joe Franklin Show. Haywood made his big screen movie debut, singing in the hit movie "THE KING OF NEW YORK" starring Christopher Walken. Haywood has recorded on numerous albums, some include the 1997 "LAST CONCERT CD" with Eddie Harris and Bernard Purdie in Cologne Germany, the Killer Joe CD, "SCENE OF THE CRIME", distributed by BMG Music, and HAYWOOD and JEANNIE GREGORY "SWINGING WITH THE ROMERO BROTHERS". Haywood has shared center stage with such notables as Bruce Springsteen, Carl Perkins, Dion, Bruce Willis, Freddie Jackson, Tony Bennett, Liza Minnelli, Lionel Hampton, Bobby Watson, Buddy Guy, The Oak Ridge Boys, Otis Blackwell, Ronnie Dove, Issac Hayes, George Coleman, BB King, The Drifters, The Marvelettes, The Blues Jumpers, and many more great stars. Haywood is a patriot, who has been awarded two resolutions from the New Jersey General Assembly, and the New Jersey State Senate, for being a world class musician and family man. This CD is dedicated to the late jazz legend Eddie Harris, for his motivation and support. On the front and back cover of this latest CD, is a portrait of Haywood, that was sketched by Tony Bennett. Thank you Tony, for the gift, and for your support and inspiration.

HAYWARD GREGORY III - Guitarist, Composer, Producer and Recording Engineer

Hayward Gregory III, a native of Savannah Ga., began playing guitar at the age of 4.  By age 13, Hayward utilized his skills as a freelance guitarist for local churches and performed with various gospel groups. 

As a guitarist, Hayward performed on stage as a lead and bass guitarist for the Echoes of Harmony of Jersey City, NJ as well as a bass man with his father at various gospel and blues venues to include the 20th Savannah Jazz Festival in Savannah (GA). Hayward has also shared the stage with several major gospel artists such as The Blind Boys of Alabama, Shirley Caesar, The Mighty Clouds of Joy, The Violinaires , The Dixie Hummingbirds, and The Jackson Southernaire to name a few. 

In (2005) and (2014) respectively, Hayward produced/co-produced several self-released albums off his label, Gregota Music LLC; releasing “THE HAYWOOD GREGORY COLLECTION VOL. 1&2”, “RARE CLASSIC RECORDINGS” (2005), RARE CLASSIC (2006), “FAITH MOVES MOUNTAINS (2010)” Clarence Fountain & The Blind Boys of Alabama, Sam Butler; and “SHADEZ OF DA BLUZ” (2012), Haywood Gregory guest starring Jeannie C. Gregory.

In 2007, Hayward was nominated at the 38th Annual GMA Dove Awards as a producer for Traditional Gospel Album and Traditional Recorded Gospel Song of the Year for The blind boys of Alabama album entitled Rare Classics.

Hayward collaborates and network with various record labels and distributors on different projects, such as Compendia Music Group, The Right Stuff aka Philadelphia International Records (Gamble and Huff), Alliant Music Group and Central South Distribution.

Hayward has achieved his “Associate Degree in Social Science” from Tidewater Community College in Norfolk Va. (2015) and a “Bachelor Degree in Music Production” from Full Sail University in Winter Park, Fl. (2018)