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Born and raised in Syracuse, New York, Isreal Hagan’s musical influences were his parents, Sylvester & Bertha Hagan, who immersed him in music from birth. Isreal’s singing career started in third grade. As a self taught musician, he picked up his first guitar at age nine, followed soon after by the bass. At age 14, Isreal started his songwriting career.

This nine time SAMMY Award Winner and Hall of Famer was featured as the Syracuse New Times cover story in February 1995 and the Post Standard’s Weekend Cover Story in March 1999. The articles depicted him as the “outspoken defender of local music and R ‘n B”, “a man who charts out his own path to success”. Isreal had the honor of being flown out to California to perform with the legendary Carlos Santana.

As lead singer of Stroke, his voice possesses an unforgettable tone. With his crystalline vocals and 4 ½ octave range, Isreal Hagan has a voice like no other. Carlos Santana describes Isreal’s voice as “having Ghost Tones”.

Isreal’s nine SAMMY awards include:
Best R ’n B Group – 2001, 1997, 1993
Best R ‘n B Vocalist – 1999, 1996, 1994, 1993
Best R ‘n B Instrumentalist – 1997
Hall of Fame 2007.

Isreal Hagan is both an accomplished singer and songwriter and is known for his ability to engage and entertain an audience. A veteran of the Central New York Music Scene for over 30 years, he has had the opportunity to share the stage with such luminaries as Robert Cray, B.B. King, Carlos Santana and Otis Day. Isreal branched out in 1994 with his solo career. With his voice and acoustic guitar, Isreal has entertained thousands in coffee houses and at special events throughout the region. In 1997, expanding his musical experiences even further, Isreal became a guest vocalist with the Mario DeSantis Orchestra singing big band standards. Isreal has appeared on local and national television and his records can be heard on many radio stations through out New York State.
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