Hunter Hayes is certainly taking the music world by storm with a slew of hit singles and stage show that rivals any top superstar's. Here is a look back at five of Hunter's accomplishments within the past years that demonstrate how he is etching his place in country music history.
Collaborations - Not only are fans raving about Hunter Hayes' genius-like musical ability, fellow artists are as well. Both Jason Mraz and Ashley Monroe duet with Hunter on his summer release, "Encore." Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood of Lady Antebellum fame co-wrote, "Better Than This," a track from the chart-topping collection. Hunter has performed alongside Hank Williams Jr., Brad Paisley, John Mayer, Carrie Underwood, and even teamed up with music icon Stevie Wonder during April's Academy of Country Music Awards.
At the top - After charting in the top twenty territory with "Storm Warning," Hunter Hayes saw each of his next three singles hit number one. His crossover smash, "Wanted," was the first to do so in 2012. Subsequent releases, "Somebody's Heartbreak,' and "I Want Crazy," peaked at the top of the charts earlier this year. A revamped version of "Everybody's Got Someone But Me," is at radio now.
The Grammy's - Only five musicians are nominated each year for the coveted all-genre best New Artist trophy at the prestigious Grammy Awards. In 2013, Hunter Hayes was one of them. He also garnered nods in the Best Country Album and Best Country Solo Performance categories, competing against the likes of the Zac Brown Band, Eric Church, Dierks Bentley, and Ronnie Dunn.
On the road - Opening for arena-level country mainstay acts such as Rascal Flatts, Taylor Swift, and Carrie Underwood has allowed Hunter Hayes to expand his fan base. This fall, Hunter will embark on his first headlining tour with special guest Ashley Monroe. Find "CMT On Tour: Let's Be Crazy," tour dates here.
Fan connection - A typical artist meet and greet generally consists of a quick photo opportunity and a scribbled autograph on an 8x10 promotional photo. Hunter Hayes operates his backstage experience a bit differently. His pre-show gatherings are dubbed, "The Coffee House Experience," and allows fans to the chance to mingle with one another while enjoying one of Hunter's favorite beverages, coffee. A question and answer session with Hunter is also part of the package. Special souvenirs and the chance to chat with country music's latest mega-star make for a lasting memory for fans.