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Hunter Hayes recalls writing his hit 'I Want Crazy'

Hunter Hayes has had such blockbuster success the past year that his hit "I Want Crazy" landed him a nomination heading into this year's Grammy Awards.

Hunter Hayes is honored at CMT Artists Of The Year 2013 at Music City Center on December 3, 2013 in Nashville, Tennessee.
Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for CMT

The song, admittedly, details the kind of love he hopes to have. “There’s these moments in the right relationship where your friends look at you as if they don’t know you,” he recounts to ”They’re just like, ‘Who are you?’ But it’s a pleasant surprise. It’s not like, ‘Dude you haven’t called me in six months, kind of surprise. It’s more like, ‘Where’s all this energy and all these laughs coming from. Who is this person?’”

Having come up with the title, Hayes co-wrote the track, featured on a re-release of his self-titled debut, with proven industry tastemakers Lori McKenna and Troy Verges. He adds that a perfect relationship is “probably talking a little too much on the phone, bugging everyone around you because you can’t live without this person.”

"I Want Crazy" follows on the chart-topping success of previous entries, "Wanted" and "Somebody's Heartbreak," also found on his Atlantic Records bow.

Unlike his previous hits, this latest entry is different. He explains, “When you have to make adjustments to your lifestyle to figure out how to tone it down or how to incorporate all this stuff, that means you really care about this person and you want to be with them."

He adds, "That’s a really natural thing. I love that you have to make an adjustment at that point. That’s how real it is.”

As 2014 wears on, Hayes is expected to release brand new music in the coming months. "The timetable is flexible, and I'm keeping it that way," he told Billboard late last year on his debut followup. "I feel like my team's done a good job of giving me a ton of space. I've got some demos I'm finishing up now."

"I've got about 60-some songs I've written for the next record. I finally feel like I've got enough material to pick my favorites from and go, 'OK, once again I feel like I"m honestly representing myself, I'm saying what I want to say. Nothing's missing.' I didn't sit and write another 'Wanted' or another this and that."

Relive his "I Want Crazy" music video above.

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