Hunter Hayes, Young Cajun Sensation, Joins Atlantic Records
Hunter Hayes has been wowing audiences since the time he took up the accordion at age two, and performed 'Jambalaya' with Hank Williams Jr. in front of a crowd of 200,000 at age four. The video of that performance has currently tracked more than 11 million views on YouTube.
By the time he was five, Hunter was already recognized as the Best New Cajun Artist by Offbeat magazine ... and by the time he'd reached the ripe old age of ten, the Louisiana boy had already notched eight years of professional appearances at music festivals, on TV and in the movies ('The Apostle,' 'All the King's Men').
Today, at age 19, Hunter -- who sings in both English and the traditional French of his Cajun heritage -- has been signed to Atlantic Records Nashville. The multi-instrumentalist (he plays guitar, drums, bass and keys) is currently in the studio alongside renowned producer, Dann Huff (Keith Urban, Rascal Flatts, Faith Hill), co-producing his debut album, scheduled to be released in 2011.
Hunter's impressive resume over the years includes having played with Johnny Cash, June Carter Cash and Charlie Daniels, co-writing songs recorded by Rascal Flatts and Montgomery Gentry, and sharing the stage with Brad Paisley, Lady Antebellum and Trace Adkins. He has even performed for President Bill Clinton at a White House lawn party.
This fall, Hunter will hit the road with LeAnn Rimes on her acoustic tour, which kicks off in October.