2011 Blues Music Award Nominee, "Best New Artist Debut"
2011 Blues Blast Award Nominee, "Best New Artist, Rising Star Award"
2011 WYCE Jammie Award Recipient, "Best Album, Best Blues Album, Best Group, Producer of The Year”
Nominated by the Blues Foundation for a prestigious 2011 Blues Music Award for "Best New Artist Debut" for their internationally successful debut CD, "Reclamation", the West Michigan-based quartet has carved a rapidly growing reputation as one of the favorite roots and blues bands on the horizon.
Recorded with producer/engineer Glenn Brown (Kid Rock “Rebel Soul”) on the infamous Muscle Shoals Neve console, Reclamation was released in early 2010, and quickly became a favorite on play lists of 100's of terrestrial radio stations in 12 different countries, before making it's debut at #20 on the July 2010 Living Blues National Radio Chart. The disc additionally remained on the National Top 50 Roots Rock Radio Chart for nearly four months.
In the fall of 2010 Reclamation caught the ears of programmers at BB King's Bluesville on Sirus/XM Ch. 70, including Tony Colter as well as rock radio legend Pat St. John, and by November the disc had topped off at the #4 spot as a “Pick to Click” on Bill Wax's “Rack of Blues” weekly countdown. In February 2011, Vincent and the band swept the WYCE Jammie Awards by winning four Jammies in the categories of "Album of the Year, Best Blues Album, Best New Artist, and Producer of the Year (Glenn Brown)", before receiving two 2011 Blues Blast Award Nominations for "Best New Artist, and the Sean Costello Rising Star Award." Reclamation was additionally voted as one of the Top 100 Blues CD's of 2010-2011 by Real Blues magazine. The disc is still in regular rotation on BB King's Bluesville on Sirius/XM.
Formed as a power trio in 2005, The Vincent Hayes Project soon earned national attention after competing as semi-finalists in the 2006 & 2007 International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN. Later that year, former MC5 manager and White Panther Party founder John Sinclair invited the band to serve as his "Blues Scholars" on a leg of his 2007 tour. In 2006 they were invited to open for rock legend Steve Miller to a crowd of 20,000. Miller was so taken by the band that he watched their entire set from backstage, and offered words of support to Vincent and the band that in Hayes's words, "really let us know we were doing something right." The festival invited them to return the following year to warm up the crowd for hip-hop icon Ludicris. "We knew we were more than just a blues band at that point, that we were truly capable of crossing genres and reaching wider audiences," says Hayes.
The long-awaited follow up CD, titled “The Grind”, is slated for release in August 2013, again on Hayes's independent label, North 61 Records.