My name is Peter Spence. I have known Grantly Haynes for 30 years. . In the capacity as a Manager,Mentor and Friend.
Grantly managed the beginning of my music career from 1984 to 1996 after which he left the music business to carve out a very successful career with the NHS, rolling out new initiatives across the city and nationally. Which in turn has led to him creating "The Wheeler Street Project" where he and his team work with and engage with young people who may be affected by drug abuse, gangs and problems within the the education system. .
During my early years in the music business Grantly mentored, encouraged and supported me. Gaining me great signing deals with for example Island Records. Plus supporting me through the nurturing of my children, as I was a young father with difficulties that itself created. .
Grantly having now returned to the music business and managing my career again, he is now multi faceted with a huge knowledge base. I am now privy to Grantlys extensive work with young people both through music projects (GTs Records) and One to One mentoring (Wheeler Street Project).
While still maintaining projects with other agencies: eg West Midlands Police, Local Authority etc Grantly manages a successful Record & Management Company where he nurtures new talent. . As well as managing my career he has also encouraged me to create my own charity where we can work in partnership to create more opportunities for our young people in the community. .
Like his Father before him Grantly Haynes is an integral part of our community. He maintains and encourages high standards, integrity and is a great example of Pro Social Modelling to all who come into contact with him through his work and in his personal life.
Have a Blessed Day
I feel that I have been given a chance, a chance to be me and to do something challenging but at the same time it give me so much joy. It all started in November last year when I was first introduced to Grantley. I was so shy as I was told who he manages and had seen some of his artists.
I then met him again in the New Year and this time he asked me to sing and that was the start of my wonderful journey.
The first lesson I had with Grantley I remember feeling so shy and nervous because I didn't want to blow my chance with him and I didn't want him to think that I couldn't learn a song, so I sang the lyrics and he gave me some feedback. Each lesson thereafter we did the same kind of thing and not only did my knowledge of music grow but my confidence did to. Over the course of time I found myself accomplishing things I never even thought were possible, with both my voice and the performing side of things. We even went to his studio a few times and in there we wrote songs and recorded them and when I listened back I was taken aback at the fact that it was me, but I soon came to my senses and started to look for areas of improvement. So above all I would like to say a massive thank you to Grantley for all that he has done because it really does matter and he genuinely cares so thank you.
During the past three years we have had the pleasure of watching our daughter Lucy developed her dreams and talents under the guidance of Grantley Haynes.
Their first meeting occurred on the Wheeler Street Bus where Lucy expressed a desire to sing but admitted a lack of confidence. This lack of confidence was immediately overcome to an extent where Grantley coached Lucy to perform on the spot in front of all present.
Lucy developed an early belief in Grantley due to his honest, intelligent and polite approach. This view was quickly mirrored by us despite early natural parental concerns.
At our first meeting Grantley explained his various professional positions and offered to coach Lucy to perform at an upcoming Ball to be held by Wheeler Street. After conducting some research it was clear to us that Lucy was in a privileged position to be working with someone who had selflessly achieved such special things.
Grantleys sincerity was obvious to us from an early point allowing for easy and honest forms of communication by both parties.
Not only has Grantley identified with Lucy’s ability and potential he has coached and managed her to the point where today Lucy is recognised and respected as both a Singer and Songwriter.
The ranges of skills which have been formed and enhanced include:
Studio Performance and Education
The ability to perform live
Song writing development
Today Lucy and Grantley enjoy a professional relationship that has taken them to the point where there regular interviews on Radio Stations in all major cities are coupled with consistent air play. As Lucy’s parents we remain grateful and supportive for the proud position they have both put us in.
Mr and Mrs Large (Parents of Lucy Tennyson)
Well what can I say about Grantley Haynes.
Grantley, is a very hard working & ambitious person & a great manager. He has been a friend of mine for over 30 years. GT knows how to take care & appreciate his clients. He's very reliable, trusting, hard working and very thorough in everything he does in regards to his clients.
GT knows how to get the best out of his clients by pushing them, encouraging them & appreciates their opinion.
Grantley is an excellent negotiator & I rate him highly. 10/10.
When it comes to strategies & creativity, also a 10/10.
He is ice cool when operating under pressure and very good at handling situations, when most people would get flustered, Grantley is excellent at dealing with the matter at hand. On many occasions Grantley has gone above and beyond his duties & delivered beyond all expectations. I would recommend GT highly as he is simply great at what he does.
Grantley Haynes aka GT,
1st met GT back in the 80s, when he was working with Tippa Irie, Patto Banton, Peter Spence & many other great artist,
GT would call me up & we would go round to his recording studio & he would ask my advice, (being a radio presenter & DJ) on the tracks he was producing, hopefully I gave him the right advice lol,
I knew from then GT had a real passion for his work & valued other people's opinions,Not only did GT take advice he would also offer good advice.
GT & I lost touch for a few years while he went on to achieving many different things, whilst I stayed in the music business. I am pleased to announce that GT has now returned to his rightful place in the music industry, producing some excellent music with My Boys Production Team also doing & creating great opportunities for young people to get involved in music recording & performance as his management skills come in to play like a true professional.
Little Richie has now set up the 1st Youth Urban Internet Radio Station from Birmingham UK, TRYA RADIO part of The Real Youth Association & are pleased that GT & The Wheeler St Corporation are joining forces to work along side each other to help get our youths off the streets & on to radio.
GT is a person who will always talk his mind, he doesn't leave any grey areas, he is serious about his business & takes care of it & the people who are around it,
GT has always had time for me, even when I was just a teenager 1st starting out in my radio career he has always treated me equal with respect & manners,
GT is not just a business colleague he is a real friend who I believe I could trust with the most sensitive information or situation,
GT is a genuine man who will always have time for you he is very caring, emotional & has a BIG heart, he truly understands & cares,
GT Is like a big brother to me & I wish him all the best in life & may God bless him with all the blessings he deserves.
I have known GT since I was 16 years old. He was not like the other youths in my community. He was friendly, but mostly thoughtful, disciplined and focussed. It didn’t take me long to realize that he was an intellectual with a strong vision to achieve big things in every avenue of life.
It was our shared love of music that eventually brought us together as friends and GT was always willing to offer a helping hand to anyone he thought worthy. He taught me not to waste too much time on “time wasters”, to “think about the future”, to “try and save something for a rainy day” and to “never stop learning!”He also helped me to learn how to drive, set up a bank account and many other lessons that were relevant to my practical progress in life.
It was after a major concert in London hosted by David Radigan when I was a new artist performing with many leading reggae acts, where GT strategically helped to “steal the show” when I was called back to do another song at the end of the night. I had to make a quick decision on which song to perform and GT told me to perform a song I had just written called “Allo Tosh Gotta Toshiba?” I was approached by two management companies and three labels who wanted to sign me immediately! On the drive home I asked GT what I should do and he said, “I’ll manage you.” I laughed so hard at first, but when I realized he was serious about taking responsibility for my career, I agreed and together we made history.
I could go on and on and on, but I will simply say that GT helped me and Tippa Irie to establish our names and tour around the world. He negotiated major record deals for me and helped produce my most successful album (Never Give In) to date. He is deserving of the title “Manager, Brother & Friend” because he was always concerned about my life in general, not just “the business.”
I don’t know a lot, but I do know that whatever GT puts his mind to, he succeeds.
One Love Always
Three years ago I was returning to my friends house after going to the local shop and passed a bus parked up in the street.
We were approached by a man I now know as Grantley Haynes who was running a youth bus in the community After getting talking to Grantley we discussed my ambition of becoming a singer Grantley is not only my manager but also a very good friend and confident.
He has opened up opportunities and introduced me to the career choice I have chosen.
Grantley is teaching me that its very difficult as well as rewarding in the music industry.
After hearing my song being played on the radio for the first time I felt excited but it also felt very surreal. But natural. It was at this point I realised it was definitely what I wanted to do in life.Once the song started getting air play I was asked to do radio interviews.., where I met people like Little Richie who has been a massive support along with many amazing people I've worked with such as Tippie Irie.
Grantley has shown and still shows that anything is possible with determination and that the only person to stop you for fulfilling your dreams is yourself. I would not be starting this journey without the drive . determination or work ethic of Grantley.
I feel blessed and privileged to have met him and to be working with Grantley Haynes.
We were contacted early 2014 by Matt Flint from Yogurt Top asking us if we could arrange a meeting with GT. We immediately hit it off! A couple of weeks later we were at the studio recording our debut EP and making a plan for the coming year. We all know we have a great friendship and business partnership with GT.
GT has often surprised us with doing things not expected as a manager. Booking gigs that we thought we could never get, going the extra mile when recording the EP just to make sure we get the "perfect sound"! The great thing about GT is that if he states we can achieve something it materialises right away. He is not one that says things for the sake of it!
When it comes to making deals GT's your man. The mans a genius when it come down to sorting something out. Not only does GT help the band but he helps us become great musicians, letting us lay things down for other band and working with different artists from the industry. GT had got a great knowledge in the music industry but he doesn't keep it to himself, he often shares it with us and helps us understand how and why things work.
We have worked together for just under a year now and it has been nothing less than great, 2015 is a big year for us and we are chuffed to be doing something special, not as just a 5 piece Indie band but as a clost group of firends and family trying to take on the world.
Another Top Class studio session & production with Grantley GT Haynes .Although GT was feeling unwell, still he managed to record excellent vocal delivery before admitting himself to hospital. When asked why didn't you stop and cancel the studio session? He replied you sounded "great" so I had to get them vocals recorded first.
Thanks G! For your time, guidance, vision & dedication. Always getting that little bit more out of everyone, when we think there's nothing left to give!
Truly professional,Looking forward to working on the next project!
Major Popular MVP
If music be the food of love, play on. – William Shakespeare
My discovery for art was found on the 25th of July 2010 at approximately 00:52. I know this is accurate but it’s true. I wouldn’t even call it a discovery because my love towards art has been something within me from a child. However, that date and time was when I received the realisation that I would begin to start my journey of expressing my art for all those to see, hear, listen and most of all feel. It was then when a man by the name of Grantley Haynes joined me on this journey with his hand reaching out guiding me down the road of many more realisations. Lucky for me, I’ve had him in my life since 1994. The beauty of being family! He was very impressed on my writing skills and began helping me to further them. He introduced me to his studio which at the time was in a small box room within his home; we would record many of the poems I had written where he would give me pointers on delievery and maximise my mind even more to enable me to write even more! This was a huge a confidence builder for me as it helped me to pluck up the courage to approach him and supply him with the information that not only was I a writer but a singer too.
I remember this memory like it was yesterday; me, my father and Grantley all sitting down in my aunty’s living room. I remember before approaching him I turned to my father and asked for his approval on whether he genuinely thought I could sing, to which he said “yes” with that Grantley Haynes told me to sing something, there and then, on the spot! I was very shy to do so but he explained to me, how would himself or anyone else know I could sing if I didn’t show anybody? With that I began singing and he told me I had a “voice” but this voice needed some work!
Growing up he would always be on the scene introducing different types of music to my ears from Jagged Edge to Michael Jackson to many many more other artists. The list really does go on…
I have been working with Grantley from the age of 15. He has many many key strengths, one that real sticks out for me, is the ability to peal an onion! I say this because no matter how difficult or closed an individual is Grantley is always able to look into that human being. Unleashing their qualities that they may not have even acknowledged they had. He doesn’t start nothing he can’t finish, and he believes in change, he’s a man that believes in second chances. There have been many times where I have doubted myself, and have found it hard to face some of the life experiences I have been forced to go through but he never withdrawing himself from being by my side speaking to me with great depth helping me to understand the bigger picture; with the world and most of all my self. He has helped towards the gain of my wisdom and the improvement of my music. I really have to hand it to Grantley, regardless of how busy he is he will do his best to not let anyone notice. He believes in balance and harmony; allowing him to deal with working under pressure really well. for instance, when doing my studio sessions not once have I ever felt rushed. however, this does not mean that targets are not met. Whatever targets have been discussed to meet before hand I can assure you they have been achieved.
In all this guy is what you call 10/10
He thinks outside the box; going far and beyond his duty
He is the bigger picture,
If you see 50 he see’s 5000
A true investor.
I’ve know Grantley for over 30 years.
I can only describe him as a rock in the time of desolation and despair. Through my career I had my ups and downs, especially with the business side of the industry. Grantley seemed to ‘pop’ in and out more or less at the right times, always ready to give important and valuable advice. He has a very high level of understanding , interest and concern for artists. He has the ability to develop and improve any type of situation
He has always been a part of my journey – in every way.
His return to the music industry is a must and a blessing, especially for me. I count myself extremely lucky to be a member of his camp. Each day that I rise I feel the tremendous trust and belief that he has in me which in turn, gives me the encouragement and the courage to excel in this tough and unpredictable industry.
I will always be grateful…..Thank you Grantley..x
I have been working with Grantley Haynes for over two years now I have to say he is a man of many talents. Grantley has coached me through my career and has played a major part in the development of my career so far. Not only being a manager but a friend who has supported me through hard times and made me realise that anything is possible when I put my mind to it.
With his help and hard work Grantley has helped me to release two EPs on iTunes, one live EP and the other entitled ‘The Reggae Session’ featuring with Major Popular and the legendary, Tippa Irie, produced by My Boyz (James and GT), “I can't thank him enough”.
Grantley continues to inspire me and other young people by evidently bringing us together to contribute in the community and help young people like myself to achieve their goals. I'm very excited about working with GT’S RECORDS on many projects in the near future.
What to thank Grantley Haynes for all his time and hard work that he has continued to invest in my musical career and I am very grateful and any artist that is fortunate to work with him is very lucky.
Music is the only thing that makes me really happy.. that and my loved ones.
But sometimes your not always with your loved ones and your not always listening to music..
And that’s when the reality kicks in. and that’s when I really look at myself and how my lifes been shaped
My dad has been suffering with dementia for the past 6-7 years, me and my family feel it was brought on from the stress of losing my mother. My dad was left to raise two kids whilst fighting depression.
Right now my dad’s demntia\alshimer’s is at a very advanced stage. He can’t do anything for himself anymore and so myself and my brother are left to be his primary carers.
One thing that keeps him going is his family and his music, he told me himself before his speech was gone. Literally, anytime I see him feeling down or weak I just pop on some Bob Marley day or night! and his whole soul just lights up.
You may know or may not know, but I do music. I’ve been writing music since before I can remember. I had a cousin called Alex, you may know him as KB and everytime he came round we would just get the microphone out and start making music for hours. I’m sure I have an old tape somewhere, I need to find it and maybe sample it…
But what really pushed me to take my music seriously was, well who really pushed me to take my music seriously was my Uncle Grantley Haynes. He saw how happy music made me and he spotted my talent for writing through my poetry and before I knew it he’s been constantly rooting for me.
He gives me his studio to work in whenever I feel inspired, which is pretty much all the time. I have a lot of songs in there! But there’s this one song that I just HAD to release.
It’s called Rock with me, its due to come out this spring!
So I had come to studio to lay down some lyrics to a beat that I had initially selected and my uncle just started playing me some beats as he does, and he played this beat called Blaze is riddim that he had done for my cousin Jason and I just fell in love with it and was like yup that’s the one.. so I just used those same lyrics onto that bad boy beat and came out with a song called Rock With Me.
So another thing that keeps my dad going other than music is Barbados, that’s where he was born. I try to take him home as much as possible. I’ve been able to do it a lot more lately since I finished uni. But last year January I flew him out there with some family members, incuding myself and it just made sense to shoot a video for the Rock with me song. In this video is myself, my friend Dale, my brother jason and my two cousins Ajani and Robia. We had so much fun working on it with the team; Tobias, Grantley, Bubba & Darius. It cost quite bit of loner overall but it’s about giving it your best shot.
My dad is literally the best, he’s taught me so much in the little time we had before the dementia took over. One thing that sticks with me is that he taught to chase my dreams.. that’s what’s going to make you happy he said. That is what makes me happy, it’s what keeps me going.
I’ll tell you who else he’s taught so much.. my uncle, Grantley Haynes! He is the reason why Grantley is the man he is today and he is the reason why I am putting out this song.
Music gives me and my family hope, it makes us proud and it gives us that energy to fight another day.
Judah (Morton Jenoure)
Before i came to work with grantly on improving my vocals and my overall performance i used to go to vocal classes wich i attended for almost a year and i could see progress but only very slowly and then i started takeing lessons with grantley and could alread see the massive improvements with in a few minutes thes impovements then became more stable over a couple of weeks and then permanent after a month and is not second nature to me.
i now know how to practice and learn a song the right way and my confidence has grown alot and if i was still at my old vocal class i would have not achieved what i am capable of doing now!
When I first started with Grantley, I thought I could sing so well. It was actually a friend that I used to dance with at Broadway Dance Centre that introduced me to Aliya who then introduced me to Grantley. One day, we reached out and arranged a session with him in the studio. I thought nothing of it at first but as the day got closer, I was panicking, I had nothing prepared, I had no idea what to do or say, I was a nervous wreck. In the end after worrying about what to do or sing, me, my mom and my friend Ryan turned up at Grantleys with my song writing book . I remember carrying that everywhere I go. I was so scared to the point I wanted to cry because I’d never done anything like this before. I didn’t know what was going to happen or be said about my music and it was just nerve racking. I was just nervous. Anyway, so we got out the car and I honestly just wanted to get back in and go home, I was ready to cry. We made it to the door and Grantley greeted us all. I didn’t expect him to be so welcoming, I was expecting someone strict, someone up front. Anyway, when we got in the studio I was panicking so so bad because I knew at one point I had to sing and my confidence wasn’t good back then. I finally had the confidence to sing and I swear I wish I never began signing because it was not good; let me tell you that. I sang Alicia Keys no one, when I was practicing I thought I was so good and I was genuinely so happy but after performing, it was not. I mean it wasn’t that bad, maybe like a 6/10. It was clear there was room for improvement and I’m sure Grantley could agree; anyway, after the session was done, Grantley mentioned Mirrors and Makeup to me and said how he’d like me to be in it. At this point I was just shocked, i was like what.... but in a good way because I knew my singing wasn’t that good but being asked to be part of a musical, I was proud. After the session was done, we all got back into the car and I was just so relieved that I was able to beat my confidence and do something I never thought I was capable of doing. After months of singing with Grantley, it was time for the rehearsals of Mirrors and makeup. This is where I had to meet new people and if you knew me a year ago... whoa I would refuse to meet anyone new. I had bad anxiety, I didn’t like doing things alone. I wouldn’t take the bus on my own, go to the shop alone or anything because I was such a nervous, closed in person I thought I couldn’t do it. But as life’s gone on, I’ve learnt to understand that life’s about taking risks and learning to grow as a person mentally. My singing has improved massively over the past year of singing with Grantley but my self confidence has also grown and so has my mentality. I’m able to do things I couldn’t do before like go out on my own, take the bus and yeah I know it sounds stupid but this was a massive part of my life. I find that singing solves a lot of problems and has changed my life for the better. Music, singing and performing has always been a big part of my life and a big passion which I’m going to carry on hopefully into a successful carer. Mirrors and makeup was a massive opportunity to find my self as a person, to grow as a person and to have that experience of performing outside of what I’m usually used to performing to. I’m grateful I was given that opportunity because I loved being apart of it and loved working with the people I worked with. I wouldn’t be where I am today if it wasn’t for all the support around me. My amazing mom who is genuinely the most down to earth, realistic, caring woman you will ever meet and I literally love her with all my heart. She’s seen it all, my worst to my highest and I’m not sure how she puts up with me but wow she does a good job of it. My brothers and sister, very few but close friends and last but not least, Grantley. If anything I’ve learnt this year is that no one will ever believe in you and love you like yourself and I think that’s really important and something you should keep in mind no matter what because this world is hard and no one is going to get you where you want to be apart from yourself. I am currently working on some music and I can not wait for it to be released and for all of you to hear it!!! But I just want to say thankyou for all of the support, I’ve met some amazing people along the way so far and I can’t wait to see what the future holds!!!
I have known Grantley for around 4 years now. When I met him I was still shy and some what timid. Some of you would remember in my earlier performances, I would be like, "Hello (acting shy). But he helped me to feel more confident on the stage and helped me to become more of a performer as opposed to just being a singer.
Through many coaching sessions, we worked on my performance, addressing the audience, introducing songs, and talking and communicating with band. We had many recording sessions where I was able to get used to singing with different microphones and could write songs with him. We had lots of fun. Sometimes my vocals would be great and other times it wouldn't. But by the end of all the hard work, the blood, the sweat and the tears we got what we wanted. Over the years Grantley and I built a friendship, we were able to feel comfortable around each other and worked well as a team. Through him, I've had the chance to meet some great people, such as; Keith Brown, a man who will never lie to you and will always be real with you no matter what or who you are; Jbeatz, a kind hearted and wonderful person who always had my back, and I do the same; Darshae, a girl who doesn't know how great she is, or how funny. Sophia, my little baby, she is so talented and gorgeous, but she doesn't know it either. The list is so long and I could go on and on. All of the DJs I have had the chance of meeting and befriending have come from Grantley. He helped me to get to know all of these people.
On the 16th of February 2019, we did a play called Mirrors and Makeup and it was so much fun. Through this experience we were all able to get closer to each other and have a good time. For me, I grew in confidence with regards to my acting ability and also with my stage presence.
Over all my experiences with Wheeler Street Foundation and with Grantley have been awesome. I have grown up a lot since I was 14 years old; I have grown in performance through the help of Grantley and those in the GT camp and I have grown in confidence with my ability to entertain people.
Ive been singing since I was 10 years old (trained singing with my classical teacher who retired and my new teacher). I've been singing ever since I could breathe - sorry to my mom and dad for all the sleepless nights. My mom and dad are amazing, for my 10th birthday, they got me singing lessons for classical music. It was only supposed to be for a few lessons and I remember it so vividly. It was both nerve wracking and wonderfully new. I remember going in there thinking it was an audition and I messed up the words and the melody and started crying but I got it horribly wrong. She was like, "are you okay?"
The rest is history, so when I met Grantley I had been singing for about 4 years. I started to sing classical music on Grade 3 and now I am working on getting my Grade 8 with my amazing singing teacher. And Grantley helped me to have more conviction on the stage when singing genres like reggae and R'n'b, you know, people aren't coming to boo you, they're here to be entertained, so entertain them. It's my job!
I think I've been extremely lucky, I have the opportunity to say that I recorded an EP and released it at the age of 14 years old and that I have songs out at 18 years old. That's amazing to me, not everyone can say that. This is my dream and I'm living it and I want to say thank you to Wheeler Street for giving me this platform. Thank you Grantley, Keith, Gts Records Camp, Myboyz, everyone in the audience thank you for coming on this journey with myself and Wheeler Street and everyone. Long may it continue. I'm so excited to see what the future holds for all of us, we are young, there's so many mistakes with our name on it. Failure doesn't mean to stop, it means take the lesson and move up a level, I learnt that from the older generation in my family. You know, I'm so proud and honoured to say that I know you guys and work with you. All of you, all of the DJs, you guys are hilarious. Everyone, thank you for following and supporting, I will continue to work hard and not give up. Thank you
I first met GT Briefly at the jazz cafe in Camden via his son Jason at a Tippa Irie show he promoted. I was very impressed with his studio set up. Obviously his knowledge of the industry was vast and instantly liked his style. We had the Idea For This Collaboration way back in 2016 When GT First Sent Me The Riddim Track. I Instantly liked the GT and the Good Vibes Surrounding Him. Been In The Game Along Time He Has Worked With Some Top Artists Over The Years. And Yeah Real Easy To Work With. I’m loving the all the new stuff from the My Boyz Beatz stable. It’s a very professional outfit seeing as I’m based in London & GT is Based In the Birmingham Side Of The UK.