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At only 21 years old, singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Hunter Hayes has already packed a tremendous amount of music into his career. When the Louisiana native was barely past toddler age he was playing the accordion on stage and television, and at 4 he joined Hank Williams Jr. on stage during a concert to sing a rousing rendition of the Hank Williams Sr. classic "Jambalaya." At 6, he appeared in The Apostle with Robert Duvall, who gave Hayes his first guitar. Inspired by the gift, Hayes dedicated himself even further to developing his musical abilities, and by the time he was 10 he had recorded and released a pair of independent albums. In 2008 Hayes relocated to Nashville, Tenn. and signed with Universal Music Publishing Group as a songwriter. That work paid off big when Hayes co-wrote the song "Play" for Rascal Flatts' 2010 album, Nothing Like This. In 2010 Hayes signed a recording contract with Atlantic Records and began to develop and record material for what would become his self-titled major label debut. Released in October 2011, Hunter Hayes was certified gold and features Hayes singing all lead and background vocals and playing every instrument, including guitars, bass, drums, keyboards, sitar, mandolin, and accordion. The album brought Hayes a GRAMMY nomination for Best Country Album and has spawned charting singles such as the platinum-certified "Wanted," which earned him a GRAMMY nomination for Best Country Solo Performance, and "Storm Warning," which rose to No. 14 on Billboard's Country Songs chart.