When you hear today’s country music songs online or on the radio Hunter Hayes’ lyrics may catch you by surprise.
His voice is fresh and his lyrics are modern and while Hayes just turned old enough to drink in 2012 he’s been honing his country music songs since his early childhood.
Born in Breaux Bridge, Louisianna on September 9th, 1991 he was quickly influenced by the musical culture of his state. At the age of two his grandmother gave him a toy accordion. By the age of four he was making national television appearances showcasing his talents. Millions have seen of Hayes performing on stage during an massive outdoor Hank Williams Jr. concert recorded for the now defunct Nashville Network cable channel. His performance of the Hank Williams country song Jambalaya (On The Bayou) went on to become a viral YouTube hit.
It has been reported that actor Robert Duvall gifted Hayes his first first guitar at the age of six and since that time Hayes has also developed skills on drums, piano, mandolin and more.
His self titled album Hunter Hayes is special not only for the impressive lyrics but also because Hayes had a hand in writing every song on the album and he played every song on the album. He shares Producing credit with superstar Producer Dann Huff (Faith Hill and others).
In 2012 his star continued to rise with the success of his songs at country radio. His debut single Storm Warning received Top 15 status on the charts, but it was his power ballad Wanted that made him the youngest male solo act to ever top the Billboard Country Songs Chart. The album has gone on to certified Gold status.
The radio success has also brought Hayes awards in the form of the coveted Country Music Association New Artist (formerly Horizon) Award. Additionally he was named Male Country Artist at the 2012 Teen Choice Awards and was nominated for three Grammy Awards (Best New Artist, Best Country Album, and Best Country Solo Performance for Wanted).
In 2012 he was honored to be named a brand ambassador for the prestigious Martin Guitar company. Touring is the next frontier for the young star. He has already hit the road with mega-stars Rascal Flatts and Taylor Swift and there is no doubt you’ll hear many Hunter Hayes lyrics and new country songs on stage for many years to come.