This year, for the first time, Johnny Hayes and the LoveSeats will take the stage. Mobile’s own Johnny Hayes spent time in Nashville, where he learned to play and write with some of the country’s most talented artists and songwriters. He started his band in 2013, and they quickly gained popularity across the southeast, playing a unique array of covers from James Brown, Otis Redding, The Band, and many others, mixed with their own blues and soul-influenced originals.
Johnny eventually landed an audition on season 11 of NBC’s The Voice, but received no chair turns and no chance to advance in the competition. When he was given one more shot to audition for season 12, however, Johnny’s rendition of Otis Redding’s classic “Try a Little Tenderness” caught the attention of Gwen Stefani and Adam Levine and a spot on Team Adam, where he advanced to the top 24. This gained him much exposure to millions of viewers and new fans across the world.
Today, the band is busy touring and promoting their debut self-titled album, and presenting their unique brand of rock n’ soul music smothered in southern charm, keeping their audiences craving more with originals such as “Sweet Salvation” and the crowd favorite “Straight from the Bottle.”