GRAMMY-nominated country artist Hunter Hayes was the recent guest for an installment of The Recording Academy's 5 Questions With … series. Held at The Recording Academy's Nashville Chapter, Hayes discussed playing every instrument on his self-titled debut album, performing on "The GRAMMY Nominations Concert Live!! — Countdown To Music's Biggest Night," and plans for future releases, among others topics.
"The way I did my record was an extension of the way I did my demos, which was borne out of that experimental nature," said Hayes. "The difficult part was falling into the different categories. I am by nature a guitar player. … I learned all of these other instruments around that, and around the theory that I built learning the guitar."
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Born in Louisiana, Hayes released his self-titled major-label debut album in October 2011, on which he co-wrote every song, shared producer duties and played some 30 instruments. Hunter Hayes, which received a nomination for Best Country Album at the 55th GRAMMY Awards, spawned the multi-platinum-certified single "Wanted," which reached No. 16 on the Billboard Hot 100 and received a GRAMMY nomination for Best Country Solo Performance. Hayes received a third nomination at the 55th GRAMMYs for Best New Artist. Hayes performed "Wanted" on the 55th GRAMMY telecast in February as an intro to Carrie Underwood's performance, and also presented the nominations for Record Of The Year with a performance on "The GRAMMY Nominations Concert Live!! — Countdown To Music's Biggest Night" in December 2012. Hayes is currently on a U.S. tour, including select slots on Underwood's tour, with dates scheduled through August.
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