He may still be young, but country singer and songwriter Hunter Hayes has definitely made a name for himself in the music industry. Born September 9, 1991 in Breaux Bridge, Louisiana, Hayes began his musical career at the age of two with a toy accordion gifted to him by his grandmother. Hayes began appearing at local performances and on national television when he was just four years old, including shows like Maury, Rosie O’Donnell and Nickelodeon’s game show Figure It Out. When he was thirteen, he performed the song “Hey Good Lookin’” by Hank Williams on the show America’s Most Talented Kids. In 2008, Hayes moved from his Louisiana hometown to Nashville, where he was signed with Universal Music Publishing group. There, he co-wrote the Rascal Flatts song “Play.” In 2010, he moved on to Atlantic Records Nashville, where he worked on his debut album. On August 12, 2011, he made his Grand Ole Opry debut appearance.
Hayes’ debut single, “Storm Warning,” off his self-titled album, peaked at Number Fourteen on the U.S. Country charts. The song was also certified Gold. His second single, “Wanted,” became a Number One hit on the Country charts and a Number Sixteen on the U.S. charts. The song was certified Platinum. His third single, “Somebody’s Heartbreak,” peaked at Number Twenty on the Country charts.
Hayes was inducted into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame on September 7, 2012. Hayes has also won a few awards, including the 2012 Teen Choice Awards’ Choice Male Country Artist. He has also won the CMA’s New Artist of the Year Award and two awards from the American Country Awards – Single of the Year: New Artist for “Wanted” and Music Video of the Year: New Artist for the same song.
In summer of 2011, he was the opening act of Taylor Swift’s Speak Now World Tour. Also that year, he went on his own radio tour for ten weeks. Also in 2011, he and actress/singer Victoria Justice performed the duet “Almost Paradise” for the film Footloose. He has also contributed to the Act of Valor soundtrack, with the song “Where We Left Off.”