Hunter Easton Hayes (born September 9, 1991) in Breaux Bridge, Louisiana is an American country music singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist. He can play more than 30 instruments. He has also appeared in several movies.
His parents both have Cajun (French) ancestry, along with English, Scots-Irish, and German. Hayes grew up singing songs in both English and French. He began his musical career at age two when his grandmother gave him a toy accordion. At four, he began making appearances locally and on national television. Hayes received his first guitar from actor Robert Duvall at age six. At age seven, he was invited to perform for President Bill Clinton for a White House lawn party. At thirteen, he appeared on America’s Most Talented Kids.
In 2008, he moved from Breaux Bridge to Nashville, Tennessee and signed with Universal Music Publishing Group as a songwriter. In September, he was signed to Atlantic Records Nashville and began working on what would become his major-label debut.
The debut single was “Storm Warning”, released to radio on May 16, 2011. His self-titled major-label debut album was released on October 11, 2011. He co-wrote every song, played every instrument, and along with Dann Huff, produced the album. “Wanted”, the second single, was released to radio on March 5, 2012.”Wanted” became his first No. 1 single, making him the youngest solo male act to top Hot Country Songs. He was also nominated for three Grammys including Best New Artist at the 2013 Grammy Awards; he is the youngest male country artist to be nominated in all three categories for which he was nominated. On July 20, 2016, Hayes’ self-titled debut album was certified double platinum by the RIAA.