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Hunter Hayes breaks a Guinness World Record

Hunter Hayes set out to break the Flaming Lips Guinness World Records record that the group set for playing eight shows in 24 hours in 2012 and he did it with time to spare. Hayes got to work on his “24 Hour Road Race to End Child Hunger” May 9, 2014 on “Good Morning America” performing his hit “Invisible” live from Times Square in New York.

Musician Hunter Hayes performs onstage during day 2 of 2014 Stagecoach: California's Country Music Festival at the Empire Polo Club on April 26, 2014 in Indio, California.
Photo by Kevin Winter

Hayes teamed up with ConAgra Foods to perform 10 shows in 10 different cities within 24 hours to break the current record with the “24 Hour Road Race to End Child Hunger" to benefit the Child Hunger Ends Here program. Hayes will also be auctioning off the Martin OM-42 he played during the shows and the Tudor watch that he was wearing during his record braking performances to raise additional money for the program.

Hayes kept the performances going by putting on shows in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania. The Guinness World Record performances also included two late night stops. Hayes stopped by the “Late Show with David Letterman” to perform and followed that up with another late night performance for his fans. The last performance happened in Philadelphia on May 10, 2014 with Hayes posting “Now we get to break our OWN record;) show #10! Philly, here we come!” on Twitter. Hayes also shared his thanks by posting “Thanks to everyone who made #HHRecordWeek not only possible but the most fun 24 hours ever!!"

Hayes did have some rules to follow in order to break the current Guinness World Record for the amount of shows played in 24 hours. According to the Guinness World Records Hayes needed to perform the shows in cities that have a population of more than 15,000 people with half of the cities having a population of at least 100,000. The cities also had to be at least 31 miles apart and the shows had to be performed at a recognized venue with a capacity of at least 300 people. The shows had to be advertised with tickets made available and Hayes had to perform for 15 continuous minutes during each stop.

Hayes discussed joining the fight to end child hunger when the 24 Hour Road Race to End Child Hunger was announced by saying "I was shocked to learn that more than 1 in 5 children, including more 1 in 4 Latino children, in the U.S. may not know where their next meal is coming from." Hayes continued by saying "My new single “Invisible” speaks to anyone who has ever felt outcast, alone, or invisible, including the nearly 16 million children who are living in food insecure households in the U.S."

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