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Hunter Hayes

When he was just 19 years old, Hunter Hayes became one of the hottest new stars in country music, having signed with a major label and attracted plenty of press attention and airplay, but despite his youth, this wasn't really new for Hayes -- he was playing for paying audiences at the age of five and cut his first album when he was only nine. Hayes was born in Breaux Bridge, Louisiana in 1991, and showed a keen interest in music at an early age. His family was proud of their Cajun heritage, and young Hayes had a regular babysitter who was a fan of legendary Cajun accordionist Aldus Roger. Hayes began singing the melodies of Roger's songs around the house, and when his folks bought him a toy accordion, he was playing Cajun tunes on it within a few days. By the age of five, he had moved up to a custom-made accordion designed to work with his small hands, and he was regularly sitting in with local Cajun bands that played at a local restaurant. Hayes became a minor celebrity in Louisiana, appearing on local television programs, playing a bit part in Robert Duvall's film The Apostle, joining Hank Williams, Jr. on-stage to perform "Jambalaya" at a concert in front of 200,000 fans, and meeting the likes of Johnny Cash, Charlie Daniels, and Bill Clinton. In 2000, he recorded his first album, Through My Eyes, for a regional label, with the youngster playing accordion, singing, and writing several songs as well as performing a handful of Cajun standards. He wrote or co-wrote seven of the 13 songs on his second independent album, 2001's Make a Wish, which he helped to produce. While Hayes had already mastered keyboards and accordion, he expanded his repertoire to include guitar, mandolin, bass, and percussion, and as a teenager he assembled a home-recording setup, learning more about the rudiments of record-making. In 2009, Hayes moved to Nashville, hoping to make a mark in country music, and he signed a publishing deal with Universal Music Publishing Group; Rascal Flatts recorded one of his tunes, "Play," on their 2010 album Nothing Like This. Producer and songwriter Dann Huff, who had worked on the Rascal Flatts album, teamed up with Hayes to produce Hayes' first major-label project after he landed a deal with Atlantic Records. In the summer of 2011, Hayes' single "Storm Warning" was released and made the country Top 40; he wrote the song as well as singing and playing all the instruments himself. His debut album, Hunter Hayes, was released later in 2011, and as his single rode the charts, he spent part of the summer touring small venues as a headliner, and large arenas opening for Taylor Swift. His debut built into a strong success story, topping the U.S. country charts and going platinum thanks in part to the number one country single "Wanted," which went quadruple platinum in 2012. Another single was pulled from Hunter Hayes -- "Somebody's Heartbreak," which peaked at number seven -- and then an expanded "Encored" edition of the album appeared in 2013; this version contained the number two single "I Want Crazy" and the Jason Mraz duet "Everybody's Got Somebody But Me." Hayes returned in 2014 with his second album, Storyline. Preceded by the single "Invisible," Storyline was released in May 2014. Debuting at number one on the country chart, Storyline nevertheless didn't have the legs of Hayes' debut -- its second single, "Tattoo," peaked at 31 -- so Hunter followed it quickly with the 21 EP in the summer of 2015. The single "21" sold well in the summer and he accompanied it with The 21 Project -- a set of three EPs where the same songs were recorded in three different ways -- that November. ~ Mark Deming
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Stations Featuring
Hunter Hayes

    New Country First

    New Country First
    2 songs

    Country Party

    Country Party
    2 songs

    Grammy Awards 2014

    Grammy Awards 2014
    1 song

    Country Love

    Country Love
    1 song

Albums by
Hunter Hayes

Top Songs by
Hunter Hayes

  1.   Song
  2.   Wanted
  3.   I Want Crazy
  4.   Storm Warning
  5.   Somebody's Heartbreak
  6.   Invisible
  7.   21
  8.   Merry Christmas Baby
  9.   Rescue
  10.   Someday Girl
  11.   Tattoo
  12.   Everybody's Got Somebody But Me
  13.   Rainy Season
  14.   Cry with You
  15.   Where It All Begins
  16.   You Should Be Loved
  17.   Still Fallin
  18.   If You Told Me To
  19.   In a Song
  20.   What You Gonna Do
  21.   Wild Card
  22.   If It's Just Me
  23.   Love Too Much
  24.   All You Ever
  25.   Young and in Love
  26.   I Mean You
  27.   Young Blood
  28.   ...Like I Was Saying (Jam)
  29.   Go, Tell It on the Mountain
  30.   A Thing About You
  31.   More Than I Should
  32.   Love Makes Me
  33.   Amen
  34.   Where It All Begins
  35.   The Trouble With Love
  36.   Suitcase
  37.   Nothing Like Starting Over
  38.   When Did You Stop Loving Me
  39.   Flashlight
  40.   You Think You Know Somebody
  41.   ...Interlude
  42.   Storyline
  43.   Better Than This
  44.   Where We Left Off
  45.   Yesterday's Song
  46.   Saint or a Sinner
  47.   Light Me Up
  48.   Faith to Fall Back On
  49.   Secret Love

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