One of the biggest names in country music, five-time GRAMMY Award-nominated, multi-talented singer, songwriter, and instrumentalist, Hunter Hayes, brings his “21 Tour” to Elliott Hall of Music on the Campus of Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, on Thursday, October 29th, 2015, at 8:00pm. Up-and-coming Nashville singer/songwriter Ryan Lafferty will open for Hayes.
Hayes topped the charts with both his self-titled debut album, Hunter Hayes, and second album, Storyline. The prolific talent played every instrument on his first album, also co-writing every song and co-producing both albums. In the short span of four years, Hayes has crisscrossed the nation headlining five tours and performing alongside country music greats like Taylor Swift, Rascal Flatts, Carrie Underwood and Lady Antebellum. Through his recent cutting-edge collaboration with Spotify, Hayes introduced fans to even more new music this past summer with the bold streaming and digital release of “21” and a slate of other new songs.
After launching what Billboard called “country’s biggest digital experiment to date” with the streaming and digital release of his new single “21”– already resulting in nearly 21 million global streams of “21” in less than 10 weeks, and counting – Hunter Hayes continues to explore new ways to connect with his audience. The tech-savvy artist collaborated with streaming music service Spotify to help route his 21 Tour by identifying college markets with a high density of passionate Hunter Hayes fans.
“I’ve been calling this the year to be brave, because we’ve really been pushing ourselves to try new things, whether it’s how we release new music or how we go on tour,” said Hayes. “Our fans are everything to us, and it’s so incredible we have a way to reward our biggest fans to create even more cool opportunities together.”
For the 21 Tour, which will be a limited run of 21 dates in 21 U.S. cities, Hayes is scaling back from his current arena show to create a more up-close-and-personal experience for his fans. Together with Spotify, Hayes will reward his biggest fans in each of the 21 cities with pre-sale access to tickets, and offer the top 21 fans in each market prizes including early entry to the show, meet-and-greet opportunities, signed memorabilia, and more. The fan who streams Hayes’ music the most in each market will also be rewarded with a one-year subscription to Spotify Premium.
“Hunter is laser-focused on building connections with his fans and has completely embraced streaming on Spotify as a core means to that goal, “ said Katie Schlosser, Director, Label Relations North America at Spotify. “It’s been incredibly rewarding working so closely with Hunter and his team. This collaboration has helped define our entire release strategy and we continue to explore bold new ways to deepen the relationship between Hunter and his audience.”
A five-time GRAMMY-nominated performer, Hayes earned the Country Music Association’s “New Artist of the Year” title in 2012, as well as numerous awards and nominations from the Academy of Country Music, CMT Music Awards, BMI Awards, American Country Awards, Billboard Touring Awards, Billboard Music Awards, People’s Choice Awards, Teen Choice Awards and many others.
Listen closely to Hunter Hayes as he talks, that million-mile-an-hour voice, all rapid-fire energy and bustling passion. 24-years-old, mind always churning, ideas jettisoning from brain to hand and voice, he can’t help but wonder what lies ahead. “I’m on an unending search to find what it is that I love and how it is that I will do it,” says Hayes of the wide-open, all-options future. “How am I going to achieve getting the sounds that I love? What is it that I can’t resist?”
“My job is to find my sound based on the things that inspire me,” he says. “It’s not about intentionally having this or that or the other. My job is to find my own sound and bring my love for country music and country songwriting and storytelling and musically introduce it in a way that sounds like me.”
“I just want people to know me,” Hayes says, taking a deep breath as he looks into the crystal ball he calls his unpredictable life. “Having someone care about what you’re saying is a groundbreaking feeling. That is a beautiful, life-changing experience every time. You don’t get used to that.” [from Hunter Hayes 21 Tour press release and Hunter Hayes biography]
View music video for “21” by Hunter Hayes on YouTube here.
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Thursday, October 29th, 2015
HUNTER HAYES 21 Tour with Ryan Lafferty
Elliott Hall of Music on the Campus of Purdue University
712 3rd Street
West Lafayette, IN 47907