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article imageHunter Hayes talks upcoming shows in New York and 'Tattoo' single Special

By Markos Papadatos     Aug 20, 2014 in Music
New York - Country star Hunter Hayes took some time from his schedule to chat about his upcoming shows in New York this week, as well as his newest single "Tattoo."
On Friday, August 22, Hayes will be performing live on NBC's Today Show in New York City as part of the "Toyota Concert Series," where he will be playing music from his latest album Storyline, and he will be making a special announcement. "We are really excited about that. It's going to be big. That's a performance we have been dreaming about for a long time. It's going to be a massive announcement for us," he said.
On the following day, Saturday, August 23, he will be playing a show at Arthur Ashe Stadium in Flushing, New York, as part of "U.S. Open Arthur Ashe Kids' Day," along with MKTO and The Vamps, among other acts. "We got invited to be a part of it, not too long ago actually, and the number of entertainers that have been a part of that event in history is pretty rad. It's pretty cool to be on that list. This show means a lot to me specifically, and I know that I have a team that believes that as well. Anything that benefits the education of young adults to help them find their passion is very important, whether it is athletics or music or anything. Discovering music at an early age was one of the best things that ever happened to me. I cannot imagine what my life would have been like without music. I know that a lot of people can relate to athletics in the same way. I love everything about U.S. Kids' Day and I am stoked to get the invitation," he said.
Throughout his career, he has earned 40 award nominations and has won six awards, including the coveted 2012 Country Music Association (CMA) "New Artist of the Year" award; moreover, he recently took home his third consecutive "Teen Choice Award for Choice: Male Country Artist," which he dubs as an award that is "really close" to his heart. "That's incredible. The fans rally for everybody else to vote with them, and that's a big deal. Those are awesome artists in that category, and to win that again, I really don't take that lightly. It's a big deal and it's very humbling in a lot of ways, and really beautiful. I want everybody to know how much that means to me," he underscored.
As of May 10, 2014, Hayes has "Guinness world record" holder to add to his resume of accomplishments. He played the most concerts, ten shows in ten different cities, in a 24 hour time period, where he simultaneously raised awareness for Child Hunger Ends Here campaign, as a partnership with ConAgra Foods. "That was awesome," he admitted. "It was not as exhausting as you would think, actually. We were prepared for quite the challenge, and it was a challenge but it was all about the fans. When the fans show up at a show, the energy level goes to the roof, and everything matters at that point. You could be completely exhausted and completely out of it, but the energy they bring to the room is enough to supply for the show, and other shows. I didn't drink coffee until show No. 7, and I didn't do any energy drinks until the very last show. It goes to show that fans bring the love and the energy and they make it happen. The fans made that happen, and my awesome team that worked really hard relentlessly that everything went well," he explained.
Country singer Hunter Hayes hitting the high notes at iHeartRadio Theater in New York
Country singer Hunter Hayes hitting the high notes at iHeartRadio Theater in New York
Douglas Sonders for iHeartRadio
A few days prior to his world record event, on May 6, Hayes played a show for iHeartRadio, presented by P.C. Richard and Son, at the iHeartRadio Theater in New York City. "That was a good and a whirlwind of a trip," he said. "It was hard to really get into the moment for that whole week, since it was all the anticipation for the Guinness world record. We had so much fun at that show in New York. It was awesome. The fans that were there came from all over the country, so we wanted to give them as much as possible," he said.
Thanks to the success of his 2011 eponymous debut album, he is one of only four country artists to have a platinum-selling breakthrough CD in the last five years. It included such chart-topping singles "Wanted," "Somebody's Heartbreak" and "I Want Crazy."
His newest album, Storyline, released on his record label, Atlantic Nashville, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot Country Album charts, marking his second consecutive chart-topping album on those charts. It features the lead single, his inspirational ballad "Invisible."
A Breaux Bridge, Louisiana, native, Hayes shared that he has recently added the album's closing track "Love Too Much" at his live shows. "I wanted a song that would allow us to send love to everybody who needs it, since there is a lot of heartbreaking news. I am really proud to have written that song with Sam Ellis too. I love that song and personally, it's one of my favorites that I wrote for the record, and I am really glad that it ended up on the record," he said.
His latest radio single "Tattoo," which garnered a rave review from Digital Journal, is making its way up the Billboard Hot Country charts. "The song is not necessarily just about tattoos. It is about the artistic expression of a feeling, because words are not quite enough. When you feel something that strongly, you tend to try to find other ways to express it, whether it is through art or through other ways and 'Tattoo' is about that. I love that confidence and eager spirit to share with the world, and the video came together. It was really visually interesting, new and different," he said.
On August 15, Hayes had accepted the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, which raises money for the ALS Association, to raise awareness in an effort to find a cure for Lou Gehrig's disease, and he got his fans involved, who participated in the challenge with him. "That was a good time. Everybody has something really interesting, and luckily we got our idea in before anybody else. Obviously, the band and I donated as well. We believe that both donating and taking the challenge is better. I love how everybody is talking about the issue and how much everybody has donated," he said.
For his loyal fans, Hayes remarked, "Thank you. I am grateful for all of these things that are happening, but I am taking all of these things very seriously. This whole ride has been beautiful and the reception of Storyline has been absolutely incredible. A huge thank you the fans and to everybody at radio for treating me as if I am right at home. The fans make it all happen. I love them with all of my heart."
For more information on country sensation Hunter Hayes, visit his official website.
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