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Hunter Hayes Drops New Single, “21”

Hunter Hayes

After teasing fans and curious followers with his mysterious social media blackout this week, Hunter Hayes has finally unveiled the significance of it all with the release of his anthemic new single, “21.” Available via Country Radio and on the iHeartRadio app and Spotify, Hayes’ latest single will be released to all streaming services and to digital retail on Tuesday, May 26.

“21” is the first taste of new music from Hayes that will be rolling out through streaming and digital platforms in the coming weeks. Produced by Hayes and his co-creator, Dann Huff, “21” simultaneously captures the anticipation of marking the milestone birthday and the nostalgia of its youthful abandon once it’s come and gone. Hayes also shares a co-writing credit on the tune with Dallas Davidson, Kelley Lovelace and Ashley Gorley.

Listen to “21” at

Hayes is currently overseas headlining his sold-out Let’s Be Crazy Tour UK in support of his I Want Crazy UK album release this week and will resume the Wheels Up Tour with Lady Antebellum and Sam Hunt in Wantagh, N.Y. on May 29.

He will also perform “21” on ABC’s The View on Monday, May 25.

For more information and the latest updates, visit or follow on Twitter @HunterHayes and

CMA Front and Center featuring Hunter Hayes, Little Big Town, Martina McBride & MORE LIVE Now!

Little Big Town Front & Center

Country Now, the most viewed, highest rated country music-dedicated YouTube channel is set to debut four episodes of ‘from behind the lens’, an exclusive look at the filming of public television’s Front and Center/CMA Songwriters Series episodes. Interviews and exclusive footage from the Marathon Music Works (Nashville) tapings feature Hunter Hayes, Sara Evans and Martina McBride, Little Big Town and Bob DiPiero with Brandy Clark, Shane McAnally and Charlie Worsham. The Hunter Hayes and Sara Evans with Martina McBride segments will begin airing today at for Hunter and at for Evans and McBride. Little Big Town and Bob DiPiero with Brandy Clark will be featured on Thursday, May 7th. Excerpts from the concerts can also be seen at and all shows are currently airing on public television (check local listings).

The Front and Center episodes include appearances and performances from some of Nashville’s best-known songwriters including Barry Dean, Natalie Hemby, Hillary Lindsey, Aimee Mayo, Shane McAnally, Lori McKenna, Gretchen Peters, Liz Rose, Gordie Sampson, The Warren Brothers and songwriting artist Charlie Worsham.

“Front and Center does something that few other television shows do,” said Dominic Sandifer, President Country Now/Greenlight Media & Marketing. “They use their concert stage to highlight the songs that have helped define a genre. We are proud to not only be a part of this series, but are thrilled that we can bring this unique behind-the-scenes footage to fans of Country music, Front and Center and especially to the legions of followers of Little Big Town, Hunter Hayes, Bob DiPiero, Brandy Clark, Martina McBride and Sara Evans’ music.”

“The behind the scenes videos of the CMA Songwriters Series episodes will give fans a unique perspective on the shows themselves,” said Don Maggi, Executive Producer of Front and Center. “We’re excited to continue our partnership with the Country Music Association and thrilled to have Country Now help deliver these shorts to all the country music and Front and Center fans.”

The new season of Front and Center begins airing this month with the debut of the CMA Songwriters Series shows. It precedes episodes including Train, Zakk Wylde, The Rides, Trey Anastasio, 2015 Grammy Award winners for KING & COUNTRY and Warren Haynes. For a look at the new season of Front and Center check it out.

Front and Center” Kicks-off New Season with Hunter Hayes, Brandy Clark, Sara Evans, Martina McBride & Little Big Town.

Little Big Town Front & Center

The critically acclaimed music series “Front and Center” will kick off its new season with four all-new CMA Songwriters Series episodes with Hunter Hayes; Bob DiPiero featuring Brandy Clark; Sara Evans and Martina McBride; and Little Big Town.

The episodes, which will begin airing Saturday on Public Television, collectively feature guest appearances from some of Nashville’s best-known songwriters including Barry Dean, Natalie Hemby, Hillary Lindsey, Aimee Mayo, Shane McAnally, Lori McKenna, Gretchen Peters, Liz Rose, Gordie Sampson, The Warren Brothers, and songwriting artist Charlie Worsham. Check local listings for airdates and times in each market and for a sneak peek at the new season click here.

“Kicking off the start of the new season of ‘Front and Center’ with our CMA Songwriter Series episodes is something that we’re especially excited about,” said Don Maggi, “Front and Center” Executive Producer. “Not only were the performances of the artists who participated special, but the respect that they showed the songwriters and the stories that they told, gave us some incredible moments.”

“CMA is proud of our partnership and creative collaborations with ‘Front and Center’,” said Sarah Trahern, CMA Chief Executive Officer. “These shows shine a national spotlight not only on Country Music and the great artists in these episodes, but also on our amazing songwriting community and the CMA Songwriters Series, which has fans around the world.”

April 4 – Hunter Hayes
CMA Award-winning, multi-instrumentalist Hayes performs with fellow songwriters Barry Dean (“Pontoon,” Little Big Town), Lori McKenna (“I’m Workin’,” Tim McGraw), and Gordie Sampson (“Just A Dream,” Carrie Underwood). The episode features Hayes and his guests performing songs from his chart-topping album Storyline and features the hit “Invisible,” as well songs from his No.1, self-titled, Platinum-selling debut album.

April 11 – Bob DiPiero featuring CMA Award Winner Brandy Clark
Bob DiPiero, a member of the Songwriters Hall of Fame and co-creator of the CMA Songwriters Series, is joined by reigning CMA Award winner for CMA Song of the Year and two-time 2015 Grammy Award-nominee Brandy Clark along with her co-writer on the 2014 CMA Song of the Year, Shane McAnally, and recording artist Charlie Worsham. The foursome takes turns performing songs they helped pen including hits like “Follow Your Arrow” (recorded by Kacey Musgraves), “Blue Clear Sky” (recorded by George Strait), and “Gone” (recorded by Montgomery Gentry).

April 18 – Sara Evans and Martina McBride: Ladies Night Out
Multiple CMA Award winners Sara Evans and Martina McBride join forces for a special “CMA Songwriters Series: Ladies Night Out.” Evans’ recent studio album Slow Me Down debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart. She’s had five No. 1 songs, two No. 1 Country albums, sold six million albums, and has been nominated and/or won nearly 10 major music awards. McBride has sold more than 18 million albums, which have included six No.1s, and has earned more than 15 major music awards including four wins for CMA Female Vocalist of the Year. Together Evans and McBride present songwriters Gretchen Peters (“Independence Day,” Martina McBride), Aimee Mayo (“Let’s Make Love,” Faith Hill), and The Warren Brothers (“Red Solo Cup,” Toby Keith). The ladies also perform career hits including Evans’ “Born To Fly” and “Stronger”; and McBride’s “Teenage Daughters” and “Independence Day.”

April 25 – Little Big Town
Grammy Award winners and three-time CMA Vocal Group of the Year Little Big Town bring out long-time songwriting collaborators and friends, Hillary Lindsey (“Jesus Take The Wheel,” Carrie Underwood), Natalie Hemby (“Downtown,” Lady Antebellum), Liz Rose (“Teardrops On My Guitar,” Taylor Swift), and Lori McKenna. The recent Grand Ole Opry inductees perform some of their best-loved hits including “Boondocks” and “Tornado” as well as songs from their latest album Pain Killer.

The new season of “Front and Center” will begin feeding to Public Television as follows:
Hunter Hayes — as of Saturday
Bob DiPiero featuring Brandy Clark — as of April 11
Sara Evans and Martina McBride — as of April 18
Little Big Town — as of April 25

For more information on the “Front and Center” music series please visit and check out the YouTube page at

Hunter Hayes, CMA Music Festivals Artist of the Day, Helps Unveil Plans to a Better CMA Fest


With help from CMA Award winner Hunter Hayes, the Country Music Association announced during a press conference several enhancements to CMA Music Festival, which will be held Thursday through Sunday, June 11-14, in Nashville.

“This event started in 1972 as Fan Fair, and we have succeeded for more than four decades because we constantly challenge ourselves to make improvements and enhance the experience for our fans, the industry, and the artists,” said Sarah Trahern, CMA Chief Executive Officer.
The central fixture of the Festival is the relationship between the artists and their fans, but the real beneficiary are the tens of thousands of students who now have access to music education programs thanks to CMA Music Festival.

Since 2006, CMA and the CMA Foundation have donated more than $11 million to support music education initiatives across the country. In 2014, Hayes participated in one of those programs in Roanoke, Va. in partnership with the CMA Foundation and VH1’s Save the Music. In June, Hayes will be one of four Artists of the Day at AT&T U-verse Fan Fair X in the Music City Center.

“I’ve been coming to CMA Fest since I was a kid and to be Artist of the Day this year is just beyond words,” said Hayes. “At times, music wasn’t just a friend, it was my only friend – so supporting music education programs with my friends at CMA is such an honor.”

Nashville Mayor Karl Dean was on hand to talk about the city’s longstanding support of the event and express his gratitude for the CMA Foundation’s support of music education initiatives in Metro Nashville Public Schools.

“CMA Music Festival is so much more than a week-long celebration of Country Music each June. The CMA is an enormous economic engine for Nashville and an incredible asset to our identity as Music City,” said Dean. “One important area where CMA and the CMA Foundation play a huge role for Nashville is in our public schools. For the last several years the CMA Foundation has donated millions of dollars to purchase music instruments for students in Nashville. This is possible because of the incredible generosity of the artists who perform at CMA Music Fest for free. Artists like Hunter Hayes and many others do this because it’s the right thing to do for the community. As Mayor, on behalf of the citizens of Nashville, thank you so much for all that you have done and all that you continue to do.”

A shining example of the donations at work was a performance by the Nashville School of the Arts Guitar Quartet under the direction of Dr. James Satterwhite, and Hume-Fogg Academic High School senior Dana Gipson, who talked about the personal impact of the CMA Foundation grants on her life and future goals.

“My music experience would not have been the same without the CMA Foundation. Playing on sub-par instruments makes learning and developing as a musician very difficult. Also from a teachers’ standpoint, it is difficult to teach students who have the drive and the willingness to learn on instruments that won’t allow them to play at their best. I would not be the player I am today without the CMA Foundation’s impact on the music programs I attend. The auditions I’ve had, the concerts I’ve performed, they would not have been executed as well with me not sounding my best. I’ve always strived to perform at the highest level and I would not be able to do it without the help of the CMA Foundation,” said Gipson, who has made all-state jazz band every year since 10th grade. She plays a baritone and alto saxophone purchased by the CMA Foundation.

“CMA Music Festival has a rich history and enjoys a terrific reputation as the Ultimate Country Music Fan Experience, but the future is in these students and the advantages that quality music education provides in creating a richer life experience through music,” Trahern said. “We are inspired by the children we serve. We applaud their progress and celebrate their success.”

2014 was a great year for CMA Music Festival. The event drew a daily attendance of more than 80,000 fans from every state and more than two dozen foreign countries. The direct visitor spending generated by those visitors was $39.3 million, according the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp. (NCVC), which estimated the number of hotel room nights at 150,000. The average length of stay was 5.6 days compared to 5.2 in 2013.

“Nashville wouldn’t be enjoying the success today without CMA and Music Fest leading the way,” said Butch Spyridon, President of the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp. “This event is enormous on every level – tens of millions in visitor spending, millions of viewers watching a prime time network special, millions of dollars to music education, a platform for the stars in our city and a tremendous showcase for the rising talent. I can’t say thank you loud or long enough!”

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