The launching point of Hunter Hayes’ stellar career, Wanted – the second single from his eponymous debut was climbing the charts as he joined Taylor Swift, opening for her arena tour. Once the song topped the Billboards Hot Country Songs list, Hayes became the youngest ever male artists to reach that position at the age of 21. Since then Wanted has been certified 5x platinum, streamed over 100 million times on Spotify, and listed by Billboard as the third-greatest country single of all time according to chart performance. In 2017, Hayes performed a memorable version of Wanted on the Today Show for one lucky couple getting married on live TV.
I Want Crazy
The second top 20 hit of Hunter Hayes’ career. I Want Crazy was debuted at the Academy of Country Music Awards in 2013, and released the next day to critical acclaim. Co-writer Troy Verges talks about the relative ease with which it was written "We came in with the little lick that is the intro of the song. We kind of had that and based the song around that. I'd gotten to know Hunter so well from writing for that last record, and I knew that he was a great guitar player, so we were trying to find a song to feature what he can do on guitar. It was just an easy write. It only took a couple of hours because the song was there.”
Coming off of a smash hit album, Hayes took his time crafting his sophomore effort. After writing 60 songs for the project, he paired it down to 14 tracks for the release. As he continued to solidify his position in the country world, he delivered an album of emotionally deep love songs and inspirational anthems, setting himself apart from his many of his peers. Still Fallin’ encapsulates this feeling painting a picture of a couple’s lasting love and commitment to each other.
The title track and lead single from his groundbreaking three disc album which features studio, acoustic, and live versions of each song, 21 is Hayes’ party anthem. The same “all-in” behavior that he addresses in the song extends to his approach to live performances. Hunter states, “I firmly believe that if you’re lucky enough to step onstage in an arena and your name is on the sign, you owe the fans more than just a good setlist and a couple of lighting cues. They deserve months and months of planning. They deserve sleepless nights. They deserve you going to bed every night trying to figure out how to improve the tour.”
The feature song for the final installment of Pictures – (Hunter Hayes’ groundbreaking video trilogy) This girl is an energetic love anthem that showcases Hayes’ distinctive romantic flair, signature guitar work, and gifted melodic vocal delivery. “‘This Girl’ was such a fun song to write,” Hayes says. “Musically, going back to the roots of stuff I grew up listening to, and lyrically highlighting that side of someone that you only get to see when you’ve known each other for a while and how special those moments can be.”
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