Hayden with his daughter, Syanne
People often say “Happy Father’s Day” as tradition with maybe a gift, card, and a simple I love you. As you know, that never fails to put a smile on my face. But the truth is you put a smile on my face every day, not just on father’s day. You may not fully understand this letter today, but as you grow, you will understand every word.
To people looking in from the outside, it may appear that I spoil you by giving you too much. I confess. I am guilty of this in some instances, but you, as well as I, know I do have my limits. At 9 years old, I take you to the finest restaurants, open your doors, cook for you, play your favorite games, celebrate every holiday and occasion, talk to you, listen to you, encourage you, and hug, kiss and tell you I love you every morning before dropping you off to school. I do this so that when you grow into the beautiful and strong woman you are destined to become, you will always know your worth and how you are supposed to be treated. Don’t accept anything less.
As your father, a music producer, recording artist, entrepreneur and EEO practitioner, not only do I witness and know that woman are subjected to more discrimination than any other protected group in the world, a part of my job is to manage the law and process that prohibits this type of behavior. Sy, I always tell you that no one should be treated lesser than and unequal to, that means you too. Always know your worth.
I love you,
Jay Hayden, CEO of J World Records, is a Washington DC native and self-contained Recording Artist, music producer and professional EEO Practitioner. As a music producer, he works in national television broadcasting with recent production placements on networks such as Fox and NBC.