By Melissa Platero, CCNN Writer
22-year-old country singer Hunter Hayes, whose hit singles include “Storm Warning”, “Wanted”, and “Somebody’s Heartbreak”, is looking to break the Guinness world record for most shows played in 24 hours. The current record holders, The Flaming Lips, pulled off 8, and Hayes plans to really knock it out of the park with 10 shows in 10 cities. However, Hayes isn’t in it for the glory, because he’s using the extra attention to put a spotlight on child hunger, with his “24 Hour Road Race to End Child Hunger”.
Hayes is an incredibly talented “multi-instrumentalist” who can play the accordion, guitar, mandolin, drums, piano, bass, and keyboard. He first gained momentum from 2008-2010, signing with Universal Music Publishing Group as a songwriter, co-writing “Play” for the Rascal Flatts album Nothing Like This, and then getting signed with Atlantic Records Nashville. The rising star then performed in the summer of 2011 as the opening act for country darling Taylor Swift and also did a whirlwind radio tour promoting his music.
Building even more credibility in the movie music industry, he partnered with actress/singer Victoria Justice to create a duet for the 2011 remake of Footloose, and by 2012 was performing as the opening act for Rascal Flatts. From 2011-2013, Hayes released several hit singles like “Wanted”, which made him the youngest solo male act to top the Hot Country Songs chart, he was inducted into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame as its youngest member, and was nominated for 3 Grammys including Best New Artist at the 2013 Grammy Awards. At the 56th Annual Grammy Awards in 2014, Hayes performed “Invisible”, the mega single from his 2nd album Storyline, which will be released on May 6.
Images courtesy of Hunter Hayes Facebook.