The 47th annual ACM Awards will air on April 1st on CBS. For the fourth year, the Academy of Country Music is giving country music fans the opportunity to choose the winner of the New Artist of the Year award. Among the dynamic list of newcomers in the semi finals for 2012 is Hunter Hayes.
At only 20 years old, Hunter Hayes may just be the most impressive all-around talent to hit Nashville in a very, very long time. Hunter Hayes made a name for himself at a very early age, as the cute little boy who could wield an accordion like someone ten times his age. Hanging out with the likes of Hank Williams, Jr., Charlie Daniels and even President Bill Clinton can certainly get a boy noticed. After a lot of performances and touring with musical greats, all the while maturing, learning to sing and picking up, oh, somewhere in the neighborhood of thirty more instruments, Hunter Hayes already seemed like he should be a seasoned professional. There was just one small problem; he had yet to record his own album.
Hunter Hayes remedied that problem in October of 2011 with the release of his self-titled album. After touring with Taylor Swift throughout the summer months, Hunter Hayes’ career as now, an adult and also a serious contender for country music stardom, was perfectly poised for takeoff. Though Hunter Hayes had already performed alongside LeAnn Rimes, Brad Paisley and Lady Antebellum, joining superstar Taylor Swift on one of the biggest country music tours of the year helped Hunter Hayes to find a whole new audience. And, apparently, an audience who saw just what a gem they’d found. Hunter Hayes’ first single, Storm Warning, has climbed to the top 20 on Billboard’s Country Chart and is getting consistent airplay on major radio stations across the country. The attention is well deserved.
Hunter Hayes is more than just a great singer. When Hunter Hayes released his album in October, it was one album that truly deserved the self-titling. If ever an album was the embodiment of the artist, Hunter Hayes’ album would be it. He not only recorded some amazing songs, he wrote every track on the album, played thirty instruments to get just the right sound for each track and still found time to co-produce the album as well. His name deserves to be prominently displayed. A title would only be an unnecessary distraction.
Though Hunter Hayes has been involved with music almost his entire life, it’s safe to assume that he is only just getting started. The ACM acknowledgement as a semi finalist for New Artist of the Year will surely be just the beginning of a long and exciting career for Hunter Hayes.
Fans who would like to vote for Hunter Hayes may do so at Gactv.com once per day, now through noon Eastern Time on January 30th. If he’s chosen as one of the three finalists, he will then be sent through the second round of voting, which begins March 19th. The winner of New Artist of the Year will be announced during the April 1st broadcast of the ACM Awards.
Hunter Hayes is competing against Thompson Square, Justin Moore, Scotty McCreery, Jerrod Niemann, JT Hodges, Brantley Gilbert and David Nail.
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