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article imageReview: Hunter Hayes amazes at iHeartRadio live concert in New York City Special

By Markos Papadatos     May 7, 2014 in Music
New York - On May 6, country star Hunter Hayes played an exclusive iHeartRadio show for their "Country Live Series" at the iHeartRadio Theater, presented by P.C. Richard and Son in New York City.
Hayes performed a set in support of his latest studio album Storyline that was released via his record label, Atlantic Nashville. Radio personality Bobby Bones served as host of the show.
He opened his set with the upbeat and explosive new tune "Wild Card" and it was followed by the title track tune "Storyline."
Hayes shared that he liked the word "storyline" as both a concept and a title and added that "it makes it fun." "Every day is a story and I look at it that way," the singer-songwriter remarked.
Country singer Hunter Hayes and his band
Country singer Hunter Hayes and his band
Douglas Sonders for iHeartRadio
He had the audience clapping along to the uplifting "Storyline" and it featured a neat mandolin solo.
Bobby Bones noted that Hayes has played nearly 500 shows in the last three years alone and that he is raising awareness to end child hunger, where he will play 10 shows in a 24-hour period in an effort to break a Guinness World Record.
Hayes continued with another new song, the ballad "Still Fallin'," which has a soft melody to it and it featured soothing background vocals from his band mates.
"You guys cool if we do another one from the new record?" Hayes asked his New York fans in the audience, and they all approved.
"This song is fun for us to play live and you'll see why," he added, prior to singing "Tattoo," which he delivered with a great deal of energy.
Bones subsequently asked him if he had a "tattoo" of his own, and Hayes shared that he does not, and that he does not intend to, especially since needles freak him out.
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
He went on to sing his current radio single, the inspirational tune "Invisible," which he debuted at the Grammy awards earlier this year, where he displayed his heart and soul to the audience, as well as his vulnerability as an artist.
Hayes introduced the members in his 5-piece band and strapped the acoustic guitar on him, prior to taking the crowd to a trip down memory lane with his breakthrough single "Storm Warning." Midway through the song, he switched to electric guitar and he had the audience singing along with him.
He introduced "Flashlight" as the sequel to "Faith to Fall Back On," a track from his eponymous debut album, and shared that it deals with the "foundation of your own faith." The stage was graced in blue and pink lights, and he demonstrated his wide range on this tune.
Hayes kept the pace of singing new songs and immediately broke into "You Think You Know Somebody," which is one of the darkest songs that he has ever written that was dedicated to the brokenhearted and angry people out there.
Another grand sing-along was his up-tempo "Everybody's Got Somebody But Me," which was more laid-back and mellow, where he had the audience swaying from side to side and waving their hands in the air. He gave the song's finale a new twist, showcasing his impressive falsetto.
Hayes went on to praise his audience for sounding "perfect" in the sing-along, and performed his first chart-topping single, the love ballad "Wanted," solo on piano, which was one of the highlight vocals of the evening.
Country singer Hunter Hayes singing for iHeartRadio in New York
Country singer Hunter Hayes singing for iHeartRadio in New York
Douglas Sonders for iHeartRadio
He changed the pace with the fun and upbeat "I Want Crazy" and took his fans back in time with his second No. 1 single "Somebody's Heartbreak" that he commenced with an instrumental jam.
Hayes concluded his iHeartRadio set with the song that exemplifies his musical style best: "Love Makes Me," from his debut album.
The Verdict
Overall, Hunter Hayes was in top form yesterday and he put on a fantastic show for iHeartRadio live at the iHeartRadio Theater that was well-received by fans, and rightfully so. His vocals were spot on and he proved that he is a gifted multi-instrumentalist, where he is able to play piano, acoustic and electric guitars with ease. Having had the pleasure to follow his career from the very start, I cannot help but smile at his musical growth. He has managed to stay grounded and he has maintained his bubbly personality. Hayes deserves every bit of success that is coming his way, since he is the epitome of great talent. His iHeartRadio show garnered an A rating.
For more information on country star Hunter Hayes, visit his official website.
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