I knew there was something special about Hunter Hayes from the moment I spoke to him last year over the phone. The rising star is up for the Academy of Country Music’s New Artist of The Year award, which is decided by both fan and industry votes at voteacm.com. With the campaign starting today, the ACMs are giving fans the chance to decide the most deserving of the award at this year’s award show.
Hunter released a brand-new lyric video to his new single “Wanted” to help celebrate his nomination for the ACM awards. Fans can see the new video on his new splash page asking fans to vote for him at hunterhayes.com/vote.
He certainly has the background to be one of country music’s brightest stars. The multi-talented artist performed with Hank Williams Jr. in front of a crowd of 200,000 people – when he was just four years old. He’s also performed with Johnny Cash, June Carter and Charlie Daniels at a BBQ. Hunter has been experimenting with instruments since he was six years old:
“I’ve never had the patience to sit down and learn from anyone. So with the guitar, and with every subsequent instrument and piece of studio equipment, it’s been a process of experimentation – pressing every button I can.”
While he might not be an American Idol, Hunter has a talent that is so rare in today’s music industry. He experimented with every instrument on the album, wanting to record something that was 100 percent who he is as an artist and person. Every note you hear on his debut album was written, recorded, and played by Hunter himself. That’s something you don’t hear often in the music industry, no matter what the genre.
Fan voting is open now at voteacm.com. The winner of the New Artist of the Year will be announced during the telecast of the 47th annual Academy of Country Music Awards. They air live on CBS on April 1st at 8 pm EST from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.