The Hunter Hayes Alphabet: A Hayniac's Dictionary (A-M)!
To gear up for our big interview with Hunter Hayes on the set of The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on Thursday, we'd like to present you with our Hayniac Alphabet!
Learn everything you need to know about Hunter, from A to Z! Here's the first half of the alphabet- Click here for the second half!
A – Accordion
Hunter's first instrument was a toy accordion. It was a gift from his grandmother when he was only 2 years old. His talents for accordion soon landed him spots broadcast across the U.S!
B – Breaux Bridge
Hunter was born and raised in Breaux Bridge, Louisiana until the age of 17, when he moved to Nashville, Tennessee. The city has an annual Crawfish Festival, which Hunter has played a handful of times!
C – Country Music Association Awards
Last November, Hunter Hayes was allowed the honor of performing his hit song "Wanted" onstage at the Country Music Association Awards. Not long afterward, he was awarded with the CMA for "New Artist of the Year." All of his hard work and talent certainly paid off!
D – Drums
Hunter's parents gave him his first drum when he was five years old. It was a Christmas gift! He's still a fabulous drummer, playing all of the drums on his self-titled debut album, along with every other instrument heard on the album!
E – "Everybody's Got Somebody But Me "
Hunter co-wrote "Everybody's Got Somebody But Me," a song on his self-titled album. Hunter says that it's his favorite song to perform acoustically!
F – Figure It Out
One of Hunter's first national appearances was on Nickelodeon game show "Figure It Out" in 1998, where a young Hunter stunned the panel with his talents on the accordion!
G – The Grammys
Hunter is a first-time nominee at the Grammys this year, but the big news is that he's been nominated for THREE separate awards! He's in the running for Best New Artist, Best Country Solo Performance for "Wanted," and "Best Country Album" for his self-titled debut. We hope he nabs all three!
H – Hank Williams
At the tender age of 13, Hunter appeared on "America's Most Talented Kid" and performed Hank Williams' "Hey Good Lookin'" on accordion!
I – Indy Car
Hunter drove an Indy Car on Great America Country's "Day Jobs" series. He says it's the craziest thing he's ever done!
J – Jambalaya
When he was 4, Hunter appeared onstage with Hank Williams Jr., son of the country legend, and accompanied him on the accordion to the song "Jambalaya!" This was also the tune Hunter performed on "Figure It Out!"
K – Keith Urban
Hunter Hayes considers Keith Urban one of his musical heroes. The two have performed together in the past, but Hunter hopes a collaboration is in their futures!
L – Louisiana Music Hall Of Fame
Hunter was inducted into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame two days before his 21st birthday, making him the youngest ever inductee!
M – Martin Guitars
Last year, Hunter Hayes became a brand ambassador for Martin Guitars, a guitar manufacturer best known for its steel-string and acoustic models. Hunter has long been a fan of the guitars, which are also used by English singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran.
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