Isaac Lee Hayes Jr. was an American singer, songwriter, actor, producer, and voice artist. Hayes was one of the creative forces behind the southern soul music label Stax Records. He served as both an in-house songwriter and as a session musician and record producer in the mid 1960’s. Hayes was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2005 in recognition of writing scores of notable songs for himself and others. Hayes was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002. In addition to music he acted in film and television from 1973 until 2006 in shows such as The A-Team, Miami Vice, and Southpark as well as movies like Truck Turner, I’m Gonna Git You Sucka and All Dogs Go to Heaven.
Hayes recorded several successful soul albums such as “Hot Buttered Soul” and “Black Moses” while continuing to work as a composer of musical scores for motion pictures. Most notably for the film Shaft, which garnered him an Academy Award for Best Original Song in 1972, making him the third African American to win in any competitive field to be awarded an Oscar. He has also won a Golden Globe, several Grammy Awards and has received 9 BMI awards and six Million-Air Citations. He was nominated for a BAFTA Award, NAACP Image Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award.