Jacksonville, FL native Alex Hayden of Young in a Million wins “Opening Act” Contest and Opens for Coldplay

Young in a Million named winners of Audacy’s 2021 “OPENING ACT” competition, and open for Coldplay, Maroon 5, Black Eyed Peas and more, at the “WE CAN SURVIVE” concert! The sold out concert was held at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, CA and raised money for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

Jacksonville, FL native Alex Christopher Hayden, of the Nashville TN, based pop rock duo Young in A Million, wins Audacy’s WE CAN SURVIVE, “Opening Act” contest and opens for ColdplayMaroon 5Black Eyed PeasShawn MendesThe Kid LAROIDoja Cat & Saweetie at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, CA!

Alex’s band, Young in a Million (YIAM), competed against 23,000 music artists to win the “Opening Act” and perform at the sold out concert, held at the Hollywood Bowl, one of Los Angeles’ most iconic venues. With almost 100 years of history, acts from the Beatles to Yo-Yo Ma have performed at the amphitheater. The event took place this year on October 23rd and raised money for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, a nonprofit with the mission to fight the mental health crisis in the United States. 

YIAM produces music that tells the story of chasing your dreams through faith, hope and love! All of their music is written, performed and produced by the band, which gives them a unique, authentic sound and message that is truly their own. The bands’ upcoming debut album, Dreams Don’t Live in Pillows, is set to release early 2022 and features arena pop rock energy.

Hayden’s journey as a musician started at 11 years of age, with his first drum kit. Relentless dedication to his craft, led to an invitation to play drums in the youth worship band at Providence High School in Jacksonville, FL. Alex went on to Belmont University in Nashville, TN to pursue a music business degree. During college he studied drums under Zoro (Lenny Kravitz’s drummer) and became a recording engineer intern at Big Kenny’s (Big & Rich) music studio. While at Big Kenny’s, Alex assisted some of the biggest recording sessions in country music, which led him to develop a passion for music production. Alex moved to LA his senior year, to pursue producing electronic music professionally and completed his last semester of college through Belmont West. During his time in LA, he was an A&R intern at Dim Mak Records for Steve Aoki. He then worked under DJ/Producer Alvin Risk, who was collaborating with Zedd & Skrillex at the time. Then in 2017 Alex decided to return to and call Nashville his home.

Alex returned producing music as a solo artist until the end of 2018, when he finally met Kody Christopher, and Young In A Million was born. “I never thought I’d start a band at 27, but it was what I had always dreamed of,” says Alex. A few short years later, with hard work and dedication, the guys achieved a lifelong dream of playing on the big stage with Coldplay, their favorite band of all time!

“Don’t ever give up on your dreams, my story is proof that anything is possible!”, Alex says. 

“We look forward to seeing you at a show in 2022!”, Kody added.

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