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Re-Discover Hunter Hayes’ Major Label Debut With An “Encore”

Hunter Hayes "Hunter Hayes (Encore)" Atlantic Records

Hunter Hayes “Hunter Hayes (Encore)” Atlantic Records

Have you discovered Hunter Hayes yet? As his breakthrough single “Wanted” made its way up both the Pop and Adult Contemporary chart last year, the rest of the world found out what the Nashville community already knew for some time now, Hunter is a musical prodigy with the talent to make music with enough joy and depth to be able to touch fans of all ages and backgrounds. He has been  without a doubt one of our favorite artists to watch grow through the years. Everything Hunter has recorded has almost always been co-written and co produced by him, and sometimes by him alone. Plus when you listen to the subject matter and production style of those songs, you forget that he is someone who just turned 21 this past September. Now that “Wanted” has reached single sales of over 5 million (In The United States and Canada), and his current Pop crossover, “Somebody’s Heartbreak” has been certified gold, he has shown us that the possibilitiesare endless when it comes to the impact he could have on Country music’s future in Pop culture.

Hunter Hayes

“Wanted”

From Hunter Hayes

Atlantic Records


Hunter Hayes

“Somebody’s Heartbreak”

From Hunter Hayes

Atlantic Records


His label Atlantic Records must see those possibilities very clearly. They were so excited for new music from Hunter that they could not even wait for him to release a new album. What this means is that this past Tuesday Atlantic released the “Encore” edition of his self titled major label debut from 2011. As the title may suggest Hunter Hayes (Encore) is an extended version of the original album, but at the same time it is much more than your typically re-released album. In many cases a record company re-releases an album to acknowledge it as a classic, using what ever bonus material added to it to help contextualize the music’s place in Pop culture. Other times an album can be re-issued by a label with the inclusion of one or two new songs that may have become additional hits or relevant during that group’s promotional cycle of that project. A good example of this is probably when Jive Records re-issued the Backstreet Boys’ 1997 self-titled US debut in 1998 to include their single “Everybody (Backstreet’s Back)” after it became a hit in America. In today’s digital music world full of EPs, and promo singles , the rules of how and why an artist releases material are always being rewritten. The release of Hunter’s Encore album is a good example of that. It takes what can be heard on the original release, and expands on it.

Hunter reunited with the album’s co-producer, Dan Huff for the unique opportunity to be able to add to the vision they had when they first made the album. Hunter used the skills he developed over the past couple years, and sought out to improve different aspects of the project, while also giving his fans something new at the same time. He did this by recording not one, not two, but five new original songs for the project. Among these songs is his current Top 10 Country hit, “I Want Crazy.” The song was released to radio in April to help tell the world that Encore was on the way. It has since become another gold certified single in Hunter’s acclaimed discography. Another key original included on Encore is “Better Than This”, co-written by Dave Haywood and Charles Kelley of the Grammy Award winning Country trio, Lady Antebellum.

Hunter Hayes

“I Want Crazy”

From Hunter Hayes (Encore)

Atlantic Records

Hunter Hayes

“Better Than This”

From Hunter Hayes (Encore)

Atlantic Records


As if that was not enough for the makings of a fantastic re-release, Hunter did not stop there. He took a few of the songs found on the original release, and re-imagined them for the fans who can’t get enough of them. Two of these are “Everybody’s Got Somebody But Me”, and “What You Gonna Do.” Both of which were reinterpreted as duets, teaming Hunter up with two of his favorite musicians. The first, “Everybody’s Got Somebody But Me” teams Hunter with his Atlantic label mate, Jason Mraz. The new version of the song helps blur the lines of genre, as the two laid back singer/songwriters’ voices blend together quite nicely. On “What You Gonna Do” the break up song is given much more emotional weight, when Hunter’s voice is paired with Knoxville Tennessee Country star, Ashley Monroe. The two of them have a very genuine chemistry. You will see in the “making of” video below that they also have a great deal of respect for each other as well.Plus the song was not only a good idea sonically, but promotionally as well. Ashley is currently touring with him on his Let’s Be Crazy tour. So with all that said, if you have not learned about how awesome Hunter Hayes is as an artist, there would be no better time to do so than now, The Encore edition of Hunter Hayes gives you your money’s worth and then some. Take some time to listen/watch some of the related media in this post, and discover why everyone is talking about him!

Hunter Hayes Featuring Jason Mraz

“Everybody’s Got Somebody But Me”

From Hunter Hayes (Encore)

Atlantic Records

Hunter Hayes Featuring Ashley Monroe

“What Ya Gonna Do”

From Hunter Hayes (Encore)

Atlantic Records

The Making Of Hunter Hayes’  “Hunter Hayes’ (Encore Edition)”

Atlantic Records

The Making Of “What Ya Gonna Do” Featuring Ashley Monroe

Atlantic Records