With Hunter Hayes currently performing dates on his We're Not Invisible tour, GRAMMY.com has your exclusive first look at the GRAMMY-nominated country singer/songwriter rehearsing his hit song "Invisible." In addition, Hayes participated in an exclusive GRAMMY.com interview, discussing the pressure of writing on the road for his sophomore album, Storyline.
"[Writing on the road] was a bit of an experiment for me," said Hayes. "[It] led to these really transparent thoughts on this record. There's more emotion on it, and I think that's partially because of the fact that we were writing on the road … after experiencing stuff onstage."
In 2011 the Louisiana-born Hayes released his self-titled major-label debut album, on which he co-wrote every song, shared producer duties and played some 30 instruments. Hunter Hayes, which received a GRAMMY nomination for Best Country Album for 2012, 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 also received a third 2012 nomination for Best New Artist. At this year's 56th GRAMMY Awards, Hayes received a nomination for Best Country Solo Performance for "I Want Crazy."
Released on May 6, Storyline features 14 tracks co-written by Hayes, including the title track and "Invisible," which Hayes performed on the 56th GRAMMY Awards telecast on Jan. 26. "Invisible" peaked in the Top 50 on the Billboard Hot 100. Hayes is currently in the midst of his U.S. We're Not Invisible tour, with dates scheduled through September.