Episode 184 with Hunter Hayes

Hayes chats with us about his new album, tour and career

Multi-instrumentalist and Platinum-selling artist Hunter Hayes is an embodiment of the type of musician that embraces change and strives to rewrite the rules. After debuting on the scene with a Platinum-certified album, Hayes has charted his own path, moving from his country roots into the genre-bending world that he was destined for.

On his latest album, Red Sky, the singer-songwriter is executing at the highest level of his musical career: crafting memorable melodies and instantly catchy hooks albeit with a top-notch musician’s discerning ear. His music is both a reflection of his influences, and a product of his prodigious multi-instrumental talents, reflected by the fact that he plays every instrument on his records.

His first ever fully independent album is more than a decade in the making, Hunter describes the transition from his last album saying, “[My last album] was the optimistic dreamer, looking out of a window and dreaming about adventure and Red Sky is very much the actual adventure. It has been my diary, my journal alongside a very adventurous part of my life.”

The Louisiana native has garnered over two billion on-demand global streams since the release of his debut album, along with six Gold and Platinum-certified singles. In addition to his legendary headlining shows, Hayes has also toured with superstars like Taylor Swift, and has headlined sold out shows across the US, Canada, Europe, and Asia. With over 50 award nominations and wins, including five Grammy nominations, Hayes is just getting started.

Hayes joins us to discuss his new Red Sky album and tour and how he’s shaped his career to independency.

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Buddy Iahn
Buddy Iahn

Buddy Iahn founded The Music Universe when he decided to juxtapose his love of web design and music. As a lifelong drummer, he decided to take a hiatus from playing music to report it. The website began as a fun project in 2013 to one of the top independent news sites. Email: info@themusicuniverse.com