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Hunter Hayes Routes 21 Tour and Rewards Biggest Fans

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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. Earlier this year, the tech-savvy artist collaborated with streaming music service Spotify to help route the upcoming 21 Tour by identifying college markets with a high density of passionate Hunter Hayes fans.  The first round of dates for the 21 Tour are being unveiled today, August 14, with ticketing information and more dates to be announced in the coming weeks.

“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.

Fans can stream a playlist of Hayes’ discography at http://smarturl.it/hh21

“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.”

Up-and-coming Nashville singer/songwriter Ryan Lafferty will open for Hayes on most dates on the 21 Tour, with chart-topping country artist Kelsea Ballerini joining as a special guest at the Nov. 5 show at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green.

The first round of dates to be announced for Hunter Hayes’ 21 Tour are as follows:

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Hunter Hayes to Launch Rare, 21-City Tour This Fall

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Hunter Hayes is always innovating ways to connect more deeply with his fans, whether it’s sharing experiences from the road via his weekly “For The Love Of Music” web series, inviting them to participate in his “Road Race” scavenger hunts prior to live shows, or finding different methods to share new music more often. This fall, Hayes will get up-close-and-personal with fans as he launches his 21 Tour, performing 21 special shows including college campus events across the U.S.. Specific tour dates and ticketing information will be announced in the coming weeks.

“We’ve had such a great time touring this summer, and I can’t wait to get back out there this fall and see our fans in a close-up setting,” said Hayes. “We’re going to make it all about the music, with every night holding something unique only to that show.”

Hayes, who is nominated for Teen Choice 2015’s Choice Country Artist and Choice Country Song with his current single “21,” is also featured today on Spotify’s The Drop. The Spotify campaign contains six songs and videos, including two brand new releases, “Saint Or A Sinner” and “Trouble With Love.” The anthemic “21” is already closing in on 21 million streams globally in less than nine weeks since its release and is the third most-played country track on Spotify.

Hayes has been racking up rave reviews while touring with Lady Antebellum on the Wheels Up Tour, with The Times Union recently calling him “phenomenally talented” and praising his “virtuosic guitar skills.” He will continue on the Wheels Up Tour through the end of the summer but is looking forward to scaling back from arenas and amphitheaters for the rare, limited 21-city tour.

“I’ve found myself in this really unique space while creating new music where there’s something really exciting about stripping it all back down and looking these fans in the eyes while playing,” Hayes added. “Whether it’s playing some of our hits differently or seeing where the new music takes us while on stage, I just really want to take some time to connect on that level before releasing a full album next year.”

Hunter is currently on the road with Lady Antebellum and Sam Hunt for the Wheels Up Tour and will launch his own 21 Tour this fall.  For the latest updates, visit www.hunterhayes.com or follow on Twitter/Instagram @HunterHayes and www.Facebook.com/HunterHayes

Hunter Hayes Says ‘This Is the Year to Be Brave’

Hunter Hayes

For Hunter Hayes, his new song is as much about stepping out of his comfort zone as it is about celebrating life.

The tune – called “21” – is a first for Hayes; it’s the first single he’s put out that he didn’t write.

“This is the year to be brave and I wanted to step out and try something new,” Hayes tells PEOPLE. “Everything about the song seemed fascinating to me and it also seemed like a great fit for the summer shows.”

And even though Hayes, 23, says the song is “not specifically about a birthday or an age,” but more of a “getaway that we all need once in a while,” it did evoke memories of his own 21st birthday – which was not as quite as cut loose as the lyrics in the song.

“I was in New Orleans for my first headline theater show on Friday,” recalls Hayes. “My birthday was Sunday and I was invited to sing the National Anthem for the Saints game on Sunday morning, so I had dinner with my family on Saturday evening, went out to do the ‘midnight celebration’ thing with a few friends and team members, had one glass of wine and I turned in early to be ready for the national anthem the next day.”

It seems a laid-back gathering is actually the perfect kind of party for the singer. Asked how he does cut loose, Hayes replies:

“I love just chillin’ out and catching up with family and friends. Good quality chill time is so good for the soul.”

Check out Hayes’ exclusive Live From the Blackbird performance of “21” above, and see the full episode on the Country Now channel on YouTube.

Hunter Hayes Performs for the 2015 Special Olympics World Games

Hunter Hayes

Award-winning singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Hunter Hayes performed last evening at the Family’s Picnic in the Park at Grand Park LA for a private reception in support of the world’s largest sports and humanitarian event this year – the 2015 Special Olympics World Games (LA2015). The talented musician is the youngest male act ever to top the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart and has made waves in the music industry with the innovative streaming and digital release of his new single, “21,” which has already logged nearly 15 million streams and counting.

“It was an honor to support such a fantastic cause and get to perform for all of these athletes and their families,” said Hayes. “I had the opportunity to meet the ACM Lifting Lives music campers earlier this summer, and it reminded me how pure and powerful music can be. Being part of this event tonight and getting to perform with them again was an experience I won’t forget.”

ACM® Lifting Lives®, the Academy of Country Music’s charitable arm, partnered with the 2015 Special Olympics World Games to provide entertainment for the private reception. The 10 music campers were participants from ACM Lifting Lives Music Camp, a weeklong residential program held each year in Nashville, TN that is open to musically talented individuals with Williams Syndrome from around the country. The camp is a partnership between ACM Lifting Lives and Vanderbilt Kennedy Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities.  The performance created a special moment for Hayes, the campers and the Special Olympics athletes’ families showcasing what ACM Lifting Lives and Vanderbilt Kennedy Center are doing to improve lives through the power of music.

“The families of these athletes play a vital role in the Special Olympics World Games, and ACM Lifting Lives is honored to partner with the Special Olympics to bring Hunter Hayes and our ACM Lifting Lives Music Campers in for a unique performance to thank them.  These campers demonstrate how they thrive with developmental disabilities, and how it is absolutely possible to improve lives through the power of music, which is our mission,” said ACM Lifting Lives Manager, Hannah Martin.

The private reception took place on Tuesday, July 28 from 6 – 9 p.m. PT in downtown Los Angeles at Grand Park, and was presented by the County of Los Angeles in conjunction with the Santa Monica Famers Market. Paired together with 11 celebrated California chefs, California farmers donated their time and talents to prepare thousands of meals for athletes and their families. A distinguishing characteristic of the Special Olympics World Games is the Families Program, which honors the family members of the competing athletes to recognize their support, encouragement, dedication and sacrifice in helping athletes reach the pinnacle of competition in the 2015 World Games.

On July 25, nearly 6,500 athletes and 2,000 coaches representing 165 countries were welcomed at the Opening Ceremony, held at the historic Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, the site of the Opening Ceremonies for both the 1932 and 1984 Summer Olympic Games. More than 62,000 fans including world leaders and other distinguished personalities supported athletes inside the venue, while a global audience watched coverage provided by ESPN, the official broadcast partner of the World Games.

The World Games are being held in Los Angeles for nine days from July 25-Aug. 2 and feature 25 Olympic-type sports: Aquatics, Athletics, Badminton, Basketball, Bocce, Bowling, Cycling, Equestrian, Football, Golf, Gymnastics, Half Marathon, Handball, Judo, Kayaking, Open Water Swimming, Powerlifting, Roller Skating, Sailing, Softball, Table Tennis, Tennis, Triathlon, Volleyball, and Beach Volleyball. These Games showcase the unlimited potential of people with intellectual disabilities – one of the largest disability populations in the world.

To learn more about the LA2015 World Games, visit www.LA2015.org.

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