Louisville producer pens pain after violent home invasion

Editor’s Note: We want to clarify information that we discovered since we originally posted this story.

St. Matthews Police arrested two suspects and a third, Quantez Gibson, was indicted on kidnapping and robbery charges.

Contrary to our earlier report, Gibson was released on his own recognizance and is scheduled to appear for a pre-trial hearing in Jefferson County Circuit Court on January 4, 2018. 
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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- We've all heard about music as a way to cope and for one local producer, it was the perfect outlet after a violent home invasion.  

St. Matthews Police say Jonathan Hay and his 14-year-old daughter were attacked in their home in April and now a song he wrote afterward is getting all sorts of national attention. 

"Last thing I remember, my daughter was on the floor because she had been pistol-whipped too and you know the whole thing was surreal,” Hay recounts. 

St. Matthews detectives say they arrested Michael Brooks and Louis Edward Simmons Junior. A third man, Quantez Gibson, was indicted in the case.

"If this is it for me like if I'm done, I want to be strong for her so I wasn't begging for my life. I just wanted to be strong,” Hay said.

After the ordeal, Hay used the only outlet he knows—music. He produced the newly released song "Pawn Shop," featuring Conway a new artist signed by rapper Eminem.

"My daughter, she's gone through a lot of counseling and everybody has told me I need to but I've just been able to put it into the music, into the art,” Hay said. 

Hay sent Conway the concept and he says Conway is literally rapping his pain. Hay has had his hands on many recording artists' songs, like Rihanna, Hillary Duff and Nappy Roots to name a few. 
Music is more than just a mix of beats and words. For some, it's necessary healing.

You can find the entire song on Spotify, Apple and other music sites or search Jonathan Hay.

Records show suspects Michael Brooks and Louis Edward Simmons Junior are due back in court in January 2018.

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