Hunter Hayes is considerably a new name to be reckoned with in country music, but he has scored a lot of achievements in a short time. Rising to prominent with his self-titled debut album which was released in October 2011, he posted first his No. 1 single at the Hot Country Songs with "Wanted", making him the youngest solo male act to top the chart.
The hit song and the now triple platinum-certified album led him to earn nominations at the 2013 Grammy Awards, at which he was also nominated for Best New Artist. Though losing all titles to other artists, he became the youngest male country artist to ever be nominated in those three Grammy categories.
The 21-year-old Louisiana-born star made up the defeats at the Grammys with Nationwide Insurance On Your Side Award at the CMT Music Awards, which was held early June in Nashville. Added to his list of feats, he was inducted, as the youngest member, into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame at the Mahalia Jackson Theater in New Orleans, Louisiana on September 7, 2012, two days shy of his 21st birthday.
From music charts to prize-giving events, his popularity continues to work his way through live performances as proven by two sold-out concerts at upcoming shows at the historic Ryman Auditorium. Thus, it's not an overstatement to dub him the "country music's version of Justin Bieber."
"The stage is my comfort zone, and playing live is what I've always wanted to do," he said of playing live. "It's why I want to do two hundred dates a year. I wouldn't feel that way if I were nervous onstage."
Hayes, who first gave a try on music at the age of two, gets to greet his fans directly more often as he has been tapped as an opening act at Carrie Underwood's "Blown Away Tour". To resume the tour on June 30, he has been busy rehearsing. "We have actually built what we're considering phase one of the set," he shared.