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'90s, '00s, '10s

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.

Top Albums

1. Merry Christ..
Storyline, Hunter Hayes
2. Storyline
Hunter Hayes (Deluxe Version), Hunter Hayes
3. Hunter Hayes..
Hunter Hayes, Hunter Hayes
4. Hunter Hayes
Hunter Hayes (Live) - EP, Hunter Hayes
5. Hunter Hayes..
All of Me (feat. Jennifer Nettles & Hunter Hayes) - Single, John Legend
6. All of Me (f..

Top Songs

Merry Christmas Baby (2014 CMA Count..Merry Christmas Baby (2014 ..3:48$1.29
WantedHunter Hayes (Deluxe Versio..3:48$1.29
I Want Crazy (Encore)Hunter Hayes (Deluxe Versio..3:56$1.29
Cry With YouHunter Hayes (Deluxe Versio..3:47$1.29
Everybody's Got Somebody But Me ..Hunter Hayes (Deluxe Versio..2:39$1.29
Somebody's HeartbreakHunter Hayes (Deluxe Versio..3:47$1.29
WantedHunter Hayes3:48$1.29
Still FallinStoryline3:43$1.29
Storm WarningHunter Hayes (Deluxe Versio..3:59$1.29
You Think You Know SomebodyStoryline4:27$1.29
I Want Crazy (Encore)Hunter Hayes3:56$1.29
All You EverHunter Hayes (Deluxe Versio..3:36$1.29
Wild CardStoryline3:16$1.29
Love Too MuchStoryline4:19$1.29
Secret LoveStoryline3:38$1.29
When Did You Stop Loving MeStoryline4:28$1.29
Where We Left OffAct of Valor4:56$1.29
Cry With YouHunter Hayes3:47$1.29
If You Told Me ToHunter Hayes (Deluxe Versio..3:26$1.29
If It's Just MeStoryline3:42$1.29
Nothing Like Starting OverStoryline3:53$1.29

Top Music Videos

I Want Crazy, Hunter Hayes
1. I Want Crazy
Wanted, Hunter Hayes
2. Wanted
Storm Warning, Hunter Hayes
3. Storm Warning
I Want Crazy, Hunter Hayes
4. I Want Crazy
Somebody's Heartbreak, Hunter Hayes
5. Somebody's He...
Invisible, Hunter Hayes
6. Invisible
Everybody's Got Somebody But Me (feat. Jason Mraz) [Encore], Hunter Hayes
7. Everybody's G...
Tattoo, Hunter Hayes
8. Tattoo
Wanted (2013), Hunter Hayes
9. Wanted (2013)
The Making Of (Encore), Hunter Hayes
10. The Making Of...
Behind the Scenes of What You Gonna Do (with Ashley Monroe), Hunter Hayes
11. Behind the Sc...


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