The estate of Isaac Hayes has signed a deal with Primary Wave Music. The independent publisher company will manage various publishing interests of Hayes’ estate under the deal.
As part of the deal, the estate will gain access to Primary Wave’s marketing team and publishing infrastructure, which includes digital strategy, licensing, synchronization opportunities, as well as film and TV production. Additionally, the deal includes the name, image, and likeness of Hayes.
“We thank the Hayes family for entrusting us as a partner to continue the great work they have done to uplift the legacy and artistry of Isaac Hayes,” said Ramon Villa, Primary Wave’s chief operations officer. “He has always been and will always be the epitome of “cool” and truly his music just makes one feel good. Welcome to the Primary Wave family, Mr. Hayes. We look forward to helping expand the reach of your magic.”
Isaac Hayes III added, “Myself, and the entire Hayes family, are enthusiastically optimistic as we embark on this amazing partnership with Primary Wave. This venture isn’t just a business endeavor, it’s a fusion of passion and legacy. It’s an honor to align with a powerhouse that reverberates with innovation, authenticity, and remarkable foresight. Together, we’re not just creating notes, but orchestrating the future of a timeless, Black American icon, ensuring that the soul, influence, and genius of Isaac Hayes is forever celebrated and revered.”
Hayes, who passed away in August 2008 due to complications of a stroke, achieved a Grammy and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction, six gold albums, three Grammys and an Oscar over the course of his career.
Hayes started as a songwriter and record producer at Stax Records, a southern soul record label that launched the careers of many legendary artists, including Otis Redding, Sam & Dave, Booker T and more.
Beginning his solo career in the late ’60s, Hayes released his debut album, Presenting Isaac Hayes. The following year, he scored his first top 10 album on the Billboard 200 with Hot Buttered Soul, his sophomore album.
The soundtrack comprises 15 tracks, including 12 instrumentals and three vocal performances, with “Theme from Shaft” being the movie’s score as well.
Shaft (Music From the Soundtrack) was a groundbreaking piece of work, as it was the first-ever double album of original recordings to be released by an R&B/soul artist.
The 1971 Academy Awards marked a historic moment as Hayes became the first Black recipient of the Best Original Song award for his hit “Theme from Shaft.”
The same song reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, giving Hayes his first and only chart-topper on the popular singles chart.
Additionally, Hayes’ career included voice acting as Chef on South Park and guest appearances in over a dozen TV shows and movies.