Hunter Hayes is one of our favorite Country and crossover artists here at New Music Weekly. He was born on September 9, 1991, in Breaux Bridge, Louisiana. Hunter began his musical career at age two, when his grandmother gave him a toy accordion. At four, he began making appearances locally and on national television, including Maury, Rosie O’Donnell Show, and the Nickelodeon game show Figure It Out, where he performed “Jambalaya (On the Bayou)”American Songwriter writes that “Hayes received his first guitar from actor Robert Duvall at age six.. At thirteen, 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, 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 in Beaumont and ended in San Bernardino. From January to February of 2012, Hayes was the opening act on the Rascal Flatts “Thaw Out” tour. This year his single “21” has become a most popular track at Country radio & we will continue to follow-up on all the works of the great Hunter Hayes in 2016.
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