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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 was 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 thirteen 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. ~ Mark Deming
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Stations Featuring
Hunter Hayes

    Top Country

    Top Country
    4 songs

    Country Love

    Country Love
    1 song

    New Country First

    New Country First
    1 song

    Country Party

    Country Party
    2 songs

    Grammy Awards 2014

    1 song

Albums by
Hunter Hayes

Top Songs by
Hunter Hayes

  1.   Song
  2.   I Want Crazy
  3.   Wanted
  4.   Storm Warning
  5.   Somebody's Heartbreak
  6.   Invisible
  7.   21
  8.   Everybody's Got Somebody But Me
  9.   Tattoo
  10.   Rainy Season
  11.   Cry with You
  12.   Someday Girl
  13.   Where It All Begins by Lady Antebellum
  14.   If You Told Me To
  15.   Still Fallin
  16.   What You Gonna Do
  17.   All You Ever
  18.   Faith to Fall Back On
  19.   Young and in Love
  20.   More Than I Should
  21.   Wild Card
  22.   You Think You Know Somebody
  23.   Flashlight
  24.   When Did You Stop Loving Me
  25.   La Porte d'En Arrière (The Back Door)
  26.   Lafayette Waltz
  27.   Dream Girl
  28.   Secret Love
  29.   Where We Left Off
  30.   Jolie Blonde
  31.   Zydeco Boogaloo
  32.   What You Gonna Do by Ashley Monroe
  33.   Allons à Lafayette (Let's Go to Lafayette)
  34.   Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
  35.   If It's Just Me
  36.   ...Like I Was Saying
  37.   Love Makes Me
  38.   J'Ai Passé Devant Ta Porte (I Passed Before Your Door)
  39.   Rockin' Flames
  40.   ...Interlude
  41.   Storyline
  42.   Better Than This
  43.   A Thing About You
  44.   Everybody's Got Somebody But Me by Jason Mraz
  45.   Make a Wish
  46.   Un Autre Soir Ennuyant (Another Lonely Night)
  47.   Malfunction
  48.   Light Me Up
  49.   In a Song
  50.   Six Years Old
  51.   Merry Christmas Baby
  52.   Love Too Much
  53.   Nothing Like Starting Over
  54.   Attention, C'est Mon Coeur Va Casser (Be Careful, You're Breaking ...)
  55.   Mon Ami (My Friend)
  56.   No Fair Falling in Love
  57.   Deep in the Night
  58.   Quarter at the Bottom of the Jukebox
  59.   Amede Two Step
  60.   Valse de Calcasieu (The Calcasieu Waltz)
  61.   Allons Danser
  62.   Saturday Night Special
  63.   Freight Train
  64.   The Grass Will Be Greener
  65.   Dreaming
  66.   Jole Blon
  67.   Jambalaya (On the Bayou)
  68.   Hold Her Till She's Older
  69.   The Clock
  70.   I Feel Good
  71.   Go, Tell It on the Mountain

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