Hunter Hayes (Photo: Frederick Breedon IV)Hunter Hayes is only 21 years old, but the rising crossover star has already built a resume musicians twice his age--or, really, of any age at all--would love to claim. This year alone, he's won a prestigious Country Music Association award, two American Country Awards (for his No. 1 country and Top 10 all-genre digital hit "Wanted"), and is nominated for three Grammy Awards--one in the all-genre category of New Artist.
Additionally, he's got a seasoned touring resume, having opened for such arena-packing artists as Rascal Flatts, Taylor Swift, and most recently Carrie Underwood. He can play a staggering amount of instruments, writes and produces his own material, and generally has proved himself seemingly effortlessly as a true musical phenomenon.
Hayes additionally gathered crossover attention when he charmed viewers at the 2013 Grammy Nominees Concert earlier this month by singing the single off of each nominated album in the Best Pop Vocal Album category. His fresh-faced good looks, enthusiastic attitude, and undeniable appeal have triggered talk that he's poised to conquer the world of pop music, as well as country. What do you think?
We talked to an upbeat, energetic Hayes shortly after his showstopping multi-genre performance at the Grammy Nominees show and found out what he thought about the whole matter, himself--as well as a few other things that happened this year!Read More »from Is Hunter Hayes Poised To Be Country’s Next Big Crossover Success?