For this Milwaukee-bred artist, the struggle was real. Growing up, Haynie wrestled with insecurity and self-doubt, yet he always found solace in music. Throughout his youth, he turned to music, specifically hip-hop, for therapy and comfort.
Inspired by 2Pac, Prince, and Michael Jackson, Haynie discovered early on that he can stay independent and still succeed in the music industry. After releasing two albums with his band Generations Field in 2008 and 2015, Haynie stepped out on his own to pursue a solo career. In August 2018 his track “Face Over Fear” successfully completed the Younk Hit Funding stage as an Experts Choice. One of those experts is Don Grierson, co-founder of Younk . Having been Head of A&R at both Capitol Records, where he was Vice-President, and Sony, where he was the Senior Vice-President, he helped discover and nurture many acts who became household names: Celine Dion, Tina Turner, Cyndi Lauper, Megadeth, Heart, Cheap Trick, Kenny Rogers, The Jacksons and a long list of others. Now it’s time for Haynie.
Produced and directed by Jensen Reed and Ben Giroux, the “Faith Over Fear” video finds Haynie facing and overcoming his fears with “faith, vision, and courage.” Whether it’s an eviction, a tumultuous family life or a stint in the mental hospital, Haynie inspires and encourages his listeners to embrace the struggle and turn it into victory. Check out the video here:
“You’re gonna have bad days,” he says. “Be aware of that, and learn how to deal with things by believing in yourself and your ability to rise above obstacles. Don’t worry about what other people think. I use my music as therapy, knowing it will help others rise up out of their troubles and realize there is hope.”