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Youth in Southern Gospel: Kennedy Hayes

Written by Staff on November 15, 2019 – 6:20 pm -

Kennedy Hayes This month’s Youth in Southern Gospel is a young and talented girl named Kennedy Hayes. She is from Hudson, North Carolina and sings full time with her family, the Mylon Hayes Family.

Kennedy sings mostly lead and a little bit of everything in the group. She is 16, turning 17 very soon and has two older twin brothers, Conner and Bailey. Kennedy’s favorite fast food is Chick-fil-a, and one thing on her bucket list is to visit the country of Israel. She plays the piano and says that shopping is definitely one of her hobbies. 


If she wasn’t singing and traveling, cosmetology/makeup is something Kennedy could see herself going into. Kennedy says that she doesn’t have plans to go to college and really believes that music is what she is called to do. If she does attend college, it would be through online studies, so she can continue in full-time ministry with her family.

A day off from the road for Kennedy currently looks like school, school, and more school, plus cleaning the bus and getting things ready to go out singing again. When traveling, you can sometimes find yourself in interesting situations. When singing, many things can go wrong and sometimes funny things happen that are out of our control, and you just kind of have to roll with it. Here’s a story Kennedy shared with me about a funny thing that happened to them while on stage:


The Mylon Hayes Family

“Not long ago we were singing, and a lady came walking in while we were singing an up-tempo song and she was dancing. We all looked at each other and completely lost it, we had to just end the song right there,” Kennedy laughed.

The group has been traveling for eight years in full-time ministry. Kennedy has been traveling and singing almost since she was born. Kennedy’s dad traveled and sang with his family, the Hayes Family for over 40 years, so Kennedy actually learned to walk while on a bus, which she says is not an easy thing to do. 


The Mylon Hayes Family sings approximately 120 dates a year, sharing the message of Jesus Christ to all and any who will listen. They recorded their first CD in 2011, and say that they honestly just made it for themselves. They started getting asked to sing locally at churches, and that’s when they decided to become full time in ministry.

Lauren Talley and Melissa Brady have had a huge influence on Kennedy’s love for Southern gospel music. 


Often times when traveling, it can get tiring just like everything else in life, so I asked Kennedy what is something that keeps her motivated to keep singing. She said, “When I get messages or letters and someone tells me their story, or how our music has in some way encouraged them or helped them, that’s why we do what we do. And that’s what keeps me going. 


Kennedy Hayes“You’re never too young to serve the Lord. Living for God doesn’t come with an age limit. II Corinthians 5:15 says, “And that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again. He died for us, let’s live for him!” Kennedy states.

I trust you have enjoyed getting to know Kennedy Hayes. Please go check out themylonhayesfamily.com to find out more about her family and their ministry.

By Lyndsey Chandler

First published by SGNScoops Magazine in October 2019

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Younger Perspective on Conner and Bailey Hayes by Erin Stevens

Written by Staff on July 6, 2018 – 4:03 pm -

The Hayes Family

The Mylon Hayes Family

A word from Erin Stevens…

What’s better than one “younger perspective,” you ask? How about two? It’s a twin takeover, featuring the sons of Mylon and Wendy Hayes. Conner and Bailey’s lights shine brightly for the Lord, as they travel and sing with their family. Today they share from their hearts as their individual personalities lead the way. Are you ready, guys? We’re all ears.


Erin Stevens: For those that aren’t a twin, are not related to a twin, or haven’t spent much time around twins, what are some insights and fun facts you can share about being your own, unique self while still having a look-a-like to enjoy life with?


Conner Hayes: It really is fun to be a twin and have a built in best friend. We are very similar in many ways, but our personalities are sometimes complete opposites. I can be a very quiet and reserved person, while Bailey is a little more talkative and outgoing; we balance each other out well.


Bailey Hayes: Even though we are so alike, we are different—our hair parts on opposite sides; our vocal ranges are opposite, in the fact that he sings bass and I sing tenor. Whenever we are shopping, everything I pick out is always more expensive than what he picks out. Even without looking at the price tag, his purchases come out cheaper. Conner tells me I have expensive taste, but I prefer to think I enjoy the finer things.


Conner Hayes

Conner Hayes

Stevens: Who is older and by how many minutes?


Conner: I am the oldest, but only by one minute. I try to tell Bailey to respect his elder, but he doesn’t seem to like that very much. 


Stevens: From school subjects, to hobbies, musical interests, and even favorite foods, where are you different in these areas?


Bailey: In school, we had the same strengths and weaknesses. In our hobbies, we are really the same, so we’re identical twins in those areas. But we are a little different in music; Conner is a drummer and I don’t have enough coordination to drum, but I do play the bass guitar. My brother has no clue how to play a stringed instrument. When it comes to food, he hates cheese and I love cheese, he likes green beans and I don’t necessarily care for them, but in almost all other foods, we like and dislike the same things.


Stevens: What are the most entertaining (and comical) comments fans have made to you two over the years? 


Conner: It’s a head scratcher when people come up and ask if we’re twins. When Dad introduces us from stage, he mentions the fact that we are twins, but we still get that question every night. 


Bailey: When fans come up and ask if we are brothers, I still have to laugh. We do get a lot of people asking which one is the smartest, to which I answer, “I am,” and which one is the meanest, which I answer, “He is,”…problem is, he says the same thing.


Bailey Hayes

Bailey Hayes

Stevens: Golf or baseball? Being at home or on the road? Neck ties or bow ties? Salty or sweet tooth? Biking or hiking?


Conner: Definitely baseball. I’m terrible at golf.

I love being on the road. I get excited to pack up and go somewhere new.

Neckties are my go-to. 

I have a bad sweet tooth. Candy and chocolate are my weaknesses.

I absolutely love to hike, especially with friends.


Bailey: I am a huge baseball fan.

I have to go with the road. I love traveling to new places and meeting new people. Living out of a suitcase is the best.

I love a good neck tie. I like to shop for unique patterns and colors in my ties.

Sweets. Kit Kats and Milky Ways are a bad weakness of mine.

I enjoy hiking. Hiking up a mountain or by a river are some of my favorite outdoor pastimes.


The Hayes Family performs at NQC 2017

The Mylon Hayes Family performs at NQC 2017

Stevens: Is there a song off your latest album that speaks to you personally? If so, why does its message specifically impact your heart when you sing it?


Connor: I love the song “God, Give Us Christian Homes” off our “Hymns And Classics Vol. 2” record. I was very blessed to grow up in a Christian home, with parents who loved the Lord and strived to teach us kids to live for Jesus. I hope to one day follow in the footsteps of my father, raise a Christian family, and be the kind of man that God wants me to be.


Stevens: How would you encourage other teenage boys as they try to fit in, while still upholding a godly example to their peers?


Bailey: My encouragement to other teen guys would be: Don’t compromise your faith or your convictions just to be cool. God has placed you where you are to be an example to others and shine a light for him. People may ridicule you for your faith, but you will make a larger impact on those people by walking the walk in front of them.


Erin Stevens

Erin Stevens

Closing thoughts from Erin Stevens…

We live in troubled times. Our faith is tested on every side. The temptation to give in to the ways of the world can be strong at times, but that is why we put our trust in the one who made the way straight for us to follow. Just as Bailey said, we may be ridiculed for our beliefs, yes, but we are striving to one day experience that great, eternal reward. Press on, friends. It will be worth it in the end.

And that’s my take on it.

Until next month, Scoops fans.

Connect with Erin:

Twitter: @photosforkeeps

Instagram: @photos_for_keeps


By Erin Stevens. First published by SGN Scoops in May 2018

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Wacky Wednesday asks Bob, Pat, Clayton, Josh and more about fruit and jobs!

Written by Staff on May 16, 2018 – 1:05 pm -

Wacky Wednesday titleWacky Wednesday with Gospel Artists is back with another question. Special thanks to our friend Jantina de Haan for collecting all of these great answers, and to all of you for your overwhelming response to the return of Wacky Wednesday!


Gerald Wolfe

Gerald Wolfe

As you know, Wacky Wednesday features questions that you might not find in regular artist interviews and answers that you might not see printed anywhere else…And do you know the word for the fear of taste? Keep reading!


Today we hear responses from Josh Jordan of the Jordan Family Band, Gerald Wolfe of Greater Vision,

Wendy Hayes of the Mylon Hayes family, Corey Pearson of the Diplomats, Bob Sellers, Pat Barker of the Guardians, Clayton Inman of Triumphant, Josh Townsend of Legacy Five, and

Legacy Five with Josh Townsend

Legacy Five with Josh Townsend

Jaquita Lindsey of 11th Hour.


This week’s questions are: what is your favorite fruit and what was the first job you held? See if you can tell which answer is which!

We will let the men go first again:

Josh Jordan: Oranges and pouring concrete

Gerald Wolfe: Demonstrating Baldwin organs and pianos. I was in high school and strawberries

Jordan Family Band

Jordan Family Band

Corey Pearson: Cutting grass and watermelon and strawberries

Bob Sellers: Tough one. I love all fruit! I’d have to say watermelon and Housel hardware store in Gordo Alabama. I was 15.

Josh Townsend: Oranges and the pianist for the Old Paths

Pat Barker: Choir director and Of The Looms…

Clayton Inman: Banana and day camp counselor


Let’s hear from the ladies…

Jaquita Lindsey: Bananas and Tasty Freeze

Wendy Hayes: Roses department store and strawberries, watermelon, oranges

Clayton Inman

Clayton Inman

Were these answers what you expected? We hope you enjoyed this Q&A and perhaps it shed a little more light on your favorite artists. And did you know that fear of taste is “geumaphobia“? The Bible says, “Taste and see that the Lord is good.” He’s better even than bananas! “Taste” here means “experience” or “enjoy” or to take into your heart and let Him give you the nutrients your soul needs. He is good!!

Wendy Hayes

Wendy Hayes

Stay tuned next time for another Wacky Wednesday, when we will ask the question everyone wants to know: would you rather have a grizzly bear or a whale as a pet? (Is this the actual question that has been asked? Stay tuned…)

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Jaquita Lindsey

Jaquita Lindsey


Pat Barker

Bob Sellers

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SGN Scoops at NQC on Thursday Night: Canton Junction, Greater Vision, Mark Trammell Trio, More!

Written by Staff on October 2, 2015 – 7:37 am -

Canton Junction

Canton Junction

At SGN Scoops, we love Southern Gospel music and its artists; not sure if you knew that or not! NQC has a lot of them and we have pictures.

Daniel Ashmore-The Old Paths

Daniel Ashmore-The Old Paths

Canton Junction, Greater Vision, Old Paths, the Perrys, Mark Trammell Quartet, the Mylon Hayes Family, Joseph Habedank, Nick Trammell, Loren Harris, Bryan Walker, Mike Bowling, Troy Peach, Libbi Perry Stuffle, Tracy Stuffle and the Voices of Lee are all shown here!

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Tim Rackley – Old Paths

SGN Scoops is so proud of all of our contributors every month. Do you know we have artists that share their hearts with us in every issue? Kelly Nelon Clark, David Staton, Dusty Wells, Sherry Anne, Laurette Willis, and the legendary Lou Wills Hildreth all have monthly articles.  We are so thankful for them! If you see them at NQC, tell them how much you enjoy their writing.

The group whose picture is on the top of this feature, Canton Junction, was

Doug Roark-The Old Paths

Doug Roark-The Old Paths

the cover feature in our August edition. Craig Harris wrote the feature and he also provides us with these terrific photographs.

We have many wonderful writers that do their very best to bring the best of the Gospel music world to you every month. Bethany Cook, Candi Combs, Dan Duncan, Dean Adkins, Erin Stevens, Jaquita Lindsey, Jennifer Campbell, Justin Gilmore, Justin McLeod, Lorraine Walker, Lynn Mills, Marcie Gray, Matt Baker, Paige Givens, Randall Hamm, Robert York, Roger Barkley Jr., Roger Speers, Rhonda Wooten, Selena

Gerald Wolfe and Greater Vision

Gerald Wolfe and Greater Vision

Day, Sheri LaFontaine, Timmy Williamson, Tina Wakefield, Vivian Belknap, and Vonda Easley all share their talents with us. We are so proud of all that they do!

Thank you for reading SGN Scoops magazine every month. Be sure to share each edition with your friends and family, and to let all of our contributors know how much you enjoy their features!

Joseph Habedank, Nick Trammell, Loren Harris, Bryan  Walker, Mike Bowling

Joseph Habedank, Nick Trammell, Loren Harris, Bryan Walker, Mike Bowling

For the September edition of SGN Scoops magazine with the cover story on the super Gaither Vocal Band, click

Kennedy Hayes and the Mylon Hayes Family

Kennedy Hayes and the Mylon Hayes Family

Wendy and Mylon Hayes

Wendy and Mylon Hayes

Matt Hagee and Canton Junction

Matt Hagee and Canton Junction

Mike Bowling, Loren Harris, Troy Peach

Mike Bowling, Loren Harris, Troy Peach

Nick Trammell, Mike Bowling, Loren Harris, Libbi  Stuffle

Nick Trammell, Mike Bowling, Loren Harris, Libbi Stuffle

Tracy Stuffle, Andrew Goldman

Tracy Stuffle, Andrew Goldman

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Loren Harris

Nick, Charlie, Mark Trammell

Nick, Charlie, Mark Trammell

here. Look for the October edition

Voices Of Lee

Voices Of Lee

Voices Of Lee

Voices Of Lee

Voices Of Lee

Voices Of Lee


coming soon!

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