Troy Hayes (Troy$toryPen)

Vocal arranger / Songwriter

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Grammy nominated vocalist and songwriter who prides myself on working with creatives all across the globe! Available for: Vocal Session work, Lyrics and Topline (melody) writing, Songwriting, Instrumental Full Productions, YouTube recordings.

For over 15 years I’ve been able to work in music successfully .

Do you have a lyric, a melody or an idea in your head and need help transforming it into a complete song?
You have the song already and just need that killer vocal to make it shine?

Feel free to reach out to me and let’s make history!

I have a background in producing/writing for numerous artists,working in film/TV and releasing my own music.I have worked with top industry producers: Rodney “Darkchild” Jerkins, Paul “PDA” Allen, Sprngbrk(A1 Bentley), Fatboi, and Bob Robinson just to name a few, as well as a host of great writers.

I would love to continue my creative journey working with other creatives, building a strong network across the globe. I pride myself on quality and punctual service and creating a comfortable atmosphere for everyone I am blessed to be around.Let’s connect!

Send me a note through the contact button above.

Interview with Troy Hayes (Troy$toryPen)

  1. Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?

  2. A: I worked as a background vocal arranger and vocalist for The High Note Movie Soundtrack in 2020. It was during the pandemic so I did all my backing vocals from my home studio under the guidance of the legendary producer Rodney Jerkins. It was truly an honor and rewarding to be a part of something during such a different time in the world.

  3. Q: What are you working on at the moment?

  4. A: New song demos and writing for placement opportunities.

  5. Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?

  6. A: Not currently

  7. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  8. A: Digital, it’s just so convenient these days.

  9. Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?

  10. A: Quality is everything! If I am hired for the job I will always put my best foot forward to make sure you are satisfied.

  11. Q: What do you like most about your job?

  12. A: It’s what I love and I can express myself creatively.

  13. Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?

  14. A: Customers typically ask me how soon can I turn the work around. My goal is always turn work around in 48-72hours depending on the extent of work needed.Sometimes it can be sooner.

  15. Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?

  16. A: That it is easy and anyone can do it.

  17. Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?

  18. A: What is your vision? Do you have a reference of what you are going for? How soon do you need it? Do you have any preferences?

  19. Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

  20. A: Communication is key. Don’t be afraid to tell the producer/writer what your vision is and what you are aiming for.

  21. Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?

  22. A: Mic stand,IMac Pro,Blue Spark Mic,Apollo Duo and headphones.

  23. Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?

  24. A: Graduated college in 2012 and then signed on as producer/writer with PAJAM production team in 2013. Received my first Grammy nomination in 2016 and since then have been working with different artist,producers and opportunities in tv/film.

  25. Q: How would you describe your style?

  26. A: I like to mesh my gospel roots in with the soul of and meaningful expressions of R&B. You will feel the content I produce in your soul.

  27. Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?

  28. A: Usher Raymond. I have always been a fan and respect what he has brought to the industry.Infectious spirit and a great energy!

  29. Q: Can you share one music production tip?

  30. A: Be original. Find the sound that works for you and develop it.

  31. Q: What type of music do you usually work on?

  32. A: R&B, Soul, Gospel

  33. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  34. A: Songwriting and arranging are my strongest skills. Knowing the formula of a great song and the direction needed to elevate it is very important.

  35. Q: What do you bring to a song?

  36. A: I bring strong melody and relevant lyrics to the songs I am apart of. I also know the importance of strong background vocals and how to elevate a record as the song progresses.

  37. Q: What's your typical work process?

  38. A: I receive a track, I listen,develop a concept and begin laying melody lines. I then create the lyrics and lay the leads down,followed by background vocals.

  39. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  40. A: IMac Desktop Apollo Twin Duo Shure sm7b Mic

  41. Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?

  42. A: I study writers and producers across all genres. Some of my inspiration’s are: James Fauntleroy, Eric Dawkins, Dream, HitBoy, Paul Allen, James Moss,Ester Dean,Jermaine Dupree,Kirk Franklin

  43. Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.

  44. A: I am a Grammy nominated vocal arranger and songwriter.Outside of writing songs I do vocal demos for producers, background vocals for artist and help with arranging to make the best song possible.

Written/Arranged and performed by myself

I was the Recorded and mixed by myself,track producers OSA in this production

Terms Of Service

Turn around is 48-72 hours
Allow up to 2 free revisions (additional cost after)

GenresSounds Like
  • Chris Brown
  • Usher
  • Rihanna
Gear Highlights
  • Imac
  • Apollo Twin Duo
  • Shure SM7b
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