Harold J. Haughton, II is an independent Gospel recording artist who is also known as HJayH (pronounced H Jay H). He was raised in Jackson, Mississippi. He is the proud son of Mr. Harold J. Haughton Sr. and the late Mrs. Myrna Crawford Haughton. His father is now married to his stepmom, Dr. Ethel N. Haughton. Presently, he resides in Connecticut with his wife, Yvette. He is the father of twins (daughter and son), Dania and Dante Haughton and also has a step-daughter, Nia Wilkes.
Harold was educated in both public and private schools in Jackson Mississippi and graduated from St. Joseph High School. He attended and graduated from Virginia State University and Southern Connecticut State University where he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Special Education and his Masters of Science degree in School Counseling, respectively. He is presently in his 33rd year as a Special Education teacher in the New Haven Public Schools of New Haven, Connecticut. In additional to being a teacher at Wilbur Cross High School, he also serves as the Athletic Facilitator.
Harold started writing and composing original Gospel music in 1994; however, he didn’t release anything until 2001. That year he wrote, co-produced and released his first single, “A Christian Woman (is all I need)”. It was co-produced by Colon Haywood Jr. His second project was entitled, “Expressions of Praise”. He was the writer and a co-producer on this album. It was also co-produced by Rodney Davis and released in 2006. HJayH's third project was called “Just Haughton” which was an EP that consisted of three duets with his father. He wrote this project with two other gentlemen, Pastor Sampson Denny and Steve “Smoke Boogie” Isaac who also composed the music on this project and HJayH's last full album, “Spiritual Soul” which was released in 2016. The writer and composer credits on this project are the same as on “Just Haughton”. He is registered as a BMI writer and publisher. HJayH's newest single is entitled, "Depend On Me" which was released in June 2019. It is off his upcoming EP, "On Borrowed Time". This song was written by HJayH and produced by Darius Good. His music can be purchased off of iTunes, CD Baby and other music sites. A lot of his music can be heard on YouTube under Harold J. Haughton, II or his stage name, HJayH.
Harold has worked diligently on his technique and musicianship while taking it upon himself to strive to perfect his style. His company is called Born Down South Productions. The result of his labors has led him to join up with producer/songwriter, Steve "Smoke Boogie" Isaac and others such as Pastor Sampson Denny, Rodney Davis and Colon Haywood Jr. He shares that his relationship with JESUS CHRIST is the most important part of his life because it sets the foundation for everything else. He is a faithful member of Bible Gospel Center in Hamden, Connecticut and enjoys reading and discussing The Bible. HJayH is presently back in the studio recording his next project with producer/songwriter Darius Good who is also his pastor.
Harold is truly humbled at the opportunity given to him by GOD to share The Gospel with others through music. His exposure to music occurred while growing up around parents who were both excellent musicians. His father, who plays numerous instruments, was a band director on the college and high school levels. His father was also a music department chairman and currently serves as the sanctuary and men's choir director at his church. His mother was a pianist and also directed her church choir. Both were blessed with great singing voices. They made sure that he was exposed to various types of music and several instruments. It was clear from the moment he was born that music was surely going to play a very vital role in his life. This early exposure turned out to be part of his foundation as it paved the way for him to make his own musical identity and to share it with the world.
Harold has a very smooth sound with a powerful testimonial Gospel message. Once you listen to his songs, you too will agree. His Gospel sound and style grabs you from the first time you hear it. Those who have experienced his music ministry have truly been blessed and inspired. He continues to share his music in various churches and other venues as much as possible so he can share his testimony with others. Through this, he hopes that people will hear how GOD has blessed his life by changing it through repentance, mercy, grace, salvation and the teachings of JESUS. His motto, "Nourishing Your Spiritual Soul" means that through his music and testimony, he believes that he will be able to feed people GOD's WORD. By doing this, he believes that it will provide people knowledge that will keep their souls spiritually healthy. Harold says that his music is for the everyday people.