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This article is about the artist. For the album, see Hunter Hayes (album).
Hayes performing in Frederick, Maryland, 2012
Hunter Easton Hayes
September 9, 1991 (age 22)
St. Martin Parish
Vocals, accordion, guitar, mandolin, keyboard, bass guitar, piano, drums
Dann Huff, Carrie Underwood, Jason Mraz, Victoria Justice, Ashley Monroe, Taylor Swift, Rascal Flatts, Danielle Bradbery
Hunter Easton Hayes (born September 9, 1991) is an American country music singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist. He is signed to Atlantic Records Nashville, and released his self-titled debut album in October 2011. The album included the Top 20 country single "Storm Warning" and the number 1 singles "Wanted" and "Somebody's Heartbreak". A 2013 re-issue included the Top 5 single "I Want Crazy".
1 Life and career 1.1 2011-2013: Hunter Hayes
1.2 2014-present: Second Studio Album
3 Discography 3.1 Studio albums
3.2 Extended plays
3.3 Independent albums
3.5 Other charted songs
3.6 Music videos
3.7 Other appearances
3.8 Writing credits
4 Awards and nominations
6 External links
Life and career
Hayes was born on September 9, 1991, at Larniurg Hospital in Breaux Bridge, Louisiana, as the only child to Lynette Hayes and Leo Hayes. His parents both have Cajun ancestry (along with English, Scots-Irish, and German roots). Hayes grew up singing songs in both English and French. He began his musical career at 2 when his grandmother gave him a toy accordion. At 4, he began making appearances locally and on national television, including Maury, Rosie O'Donnell, and Nickelodeon's game show Figure It Out, where he performed "Jambalaya (On the Bayou)" with Hank Williams Jr.. American Songwriter writes that "Hayes received his first guitar from actor Robert Duvall at age six" At 7, he was invited to perform for President Bill Clinton for a White House lawn party. At 13, he appeared on America's Most Talented Kids, a show hosted by Dave Coulier; he performed the hit Hank Williams song, "Hey Good Lookin'".
In 2008, he moved from Breaux Bridge to Nashville, Tennessee and signed with Universal Music Publishing Group as a songwriter. In 2010, co-wrote "Play" for the Rascal Flatts album Nothing Like This. In September 2010, he was signed to Atlantic Records Nashville and began working on what would become his major-label debut.
Hayes appeared as the opening act of ten dates of country star Taylor Swift's Speak Now World Tour throughout the summer of 2011 and concluded his leg of the tour in St. Louis, Missouri. In April 2011, he had gone on his own radio tour where he debuted songs that would appear on his debut album. His debut headlining tour was the Most Wanted Tour; the first leg of the tour began on October 8, 2011 in Beaumont and ended on December 4, 2011 in San Bernardino.
Hayes and actress/singer Victoria Justice contributed a duet to the soundtrack of 2011's Footloose remake, recording a cover of Mike Reno's and Ann Wilson's 1984 hit "Almost Paradise" from the original film. Hayes made a sneak appearance on the compilation album Now That's What I Call Music! 41 with his song "Somebody's Heartbreak".
Hayes performing in 2013
From January to February 2012, Hayes was the opening act on the Rascal Flatts "Thaw Out" tour.
"Where We Left Off" is an original song, written by Hayes, that can be heard on the soundtrack for the 2012 war film Act of Valor. During the 2012...
References: On July 24, 2012, he appeared on the CBS 's, The Talk, where he was then given an RIAA Gold Certification plaque for “Wanted”. Just shy of two months since "Wanted" went gold, the song was certified Platinum by RIAA on August 23, 2012.
Starting September 14, 2012, Hayes began appearing as the opening act on 90+ dates for Carrie Underwood 's Blown Away Tour.
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