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The Indie Artist Spotlight Show Presents Haynie Smith

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Haynie O’Neal Smith II was born on June 4th 1984. Haynie grew up in a poverty area in Milwaukee, Wisconsin with his mother and two older sisters. His father, Haynie Smith Sr. passed away when he was Twenty-Seven, and when Haynie Jr. was only four years old. Haynie was introduced to music by his parents and discovered his passion for hip hop music, at the age of nine. By the age thirteen, Haynie started writing music with his child hood friend William Stokes. He was musically influenced by Michael Jackson, because of his talent and stage presence, Tupac, because he discussed political issues in his music, Master P, due to his business sense, and Bone Thugs N Harmony, because of how they harmonize music. In 2000, Haynie formed a duo with William called G-field.  G-field, recorded their first demo song in the studio “You Can Be Cared for”. Haynie   attended school in Milwaukee, graduating from Washington High School at age seventeen in 2002.