Meet The Artist: Hunter Hayes

KFDI Listener Appreciation Show

The last time we saw Hunter Hayes in Wichita he was with Lady Antebellum in the summer of 2015.  Before that he rocked the grandstand at the Kansas State Fair in 2014.   Now Hunter is coming back as the headliner for the 2017 KFDI Listener Appreciation Show. 

You should know his story - performing since age five – cut his first record at nine years old.  He plays all kinds of instruments and was just 19 when he became one of the hottest new stars in country music.

Born in Breaux Bridge, Louisiana in 1991, he showed an unusual interest in music at an early age. The family baby sitter was a famous Cajon accordion player.  After his parents bought him a toy accordion, Hunter was playing Cajon songs after a few days. 

In 2000, he recorded his first album.  He wrote or co-wrote seven of the 13 songs on his second independent album, 2001's Make a Wish.  While he had already mastered keyboards and accordion, he expanded his repertoire to include guitar, mandolin, bass, and percussion. 

In 2009, Hayes moved to Nashville and signed a publishing deal.  Rascal Flatts recorded one of his songs.   In the summer of 2011, Hayes' single "Storm Warning" was played by Carol Hughes on KFDI.  Hunter wrote and played all the instruments himself. His debut album, Hunter Hayes, was released later in 2011, and spent part of the summer touring small venues as a headliner, and large arenas opening for Taylor Swift. 

The #1 country single "Wanted" went quadruple platinum in 2012.  Hayes put out his second major label album, Storyline, in May 2014. It debuted at number one on the country chart.  He followed that with the 21 EP in the summer of 2015.   Hunter’s new song on KFDI is called, “Yesterday’s Song.”  A new album will be out later this summer.

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