At 22, Hunter Hayes is barely old enough to have a beer, and yet he is already one of country music’s biggest names.
Hayes broke into the country scene in 2011, opening for Taylor Swift’s Speak Now World Tour. The following year he released the No. 1 single “Wanted” from his self-titled debut album, which quickly climbed to the top of the country charts. Since then, he has toured with Rascal Flatts and Carrie Underwood, and earlier this year received his fourth Grammy nomination for his performance of “I Want Crazy.”
Hayes’ track record of success in Nashville is impressive enough for such a young artist. But what fans may not know is that Hayes had already achieved more before middle school than some artists accomplish in their entire careers. Here are eight fun facts about Hunter Hayes’ background as a young performer:
1. Hayes began his career at age two when he was gifted a toy accordion from his grandmother.
2. Before he started kindergarten, Hayes had joined his first band and began making appearances on local and national television.
3. At age four he performed “Jambalaya” live on stage with Hank Williams Jr.
4. He was cast in “The Apostle” at age six and actor Robert Duvall gave Hayes his first guitar.
5. He performed for President Clinton at a White House Lawn Party at age seven.
6. Hayes recorded his first album at age nine, and his second at age ten.
7. At age 13, he appeared on America’s Most Talented Kids to perform “Hey Good Lookin’”.
8. When he was only 17, Hayes moved to Nashville to launch his country music career.
Hayes will bring his lifelong talents to the ACM stage this year, where he will perform his latest single “Invisible.”
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