A Country Music
singer from Louisiana, best known for playing everything
Hayes began making TV appearances as young as age four, also winning competitions for his accordion playing. After moving to Nashville, he co-wrote a song for Rascal Flatts
and signed with Atlantic Records. His debut single "Storm Warning" debuted in 2011, making #14 on the country charts, but it was "Wanted" that locked him in as a hitmaker. The song spent several weeks at #1 on the country charts, also receiving mass pop airplay and singles sales close to 3 million. Both songs appear on his self-titled debut, on which he played literally every
instrument (more than 20). "Somebody's Heartbreak" became his second #1 hit, followed by "I Want Crazy", which was added to a 2013 rerelease of the Atlantic album. The re-release also produced his fifth single, "Everybody's Got Somebody but Me", a duet with Jason Mraz
Hayes's second Atlantic album was launched in 2014 with "Invisible" as the lead single.
- Bishōnen: His appearance and persona fit this to a T.
- Child Popstar: Although his mainstream career didn't begin until he was 20, he had a few notable gigs dating back to age four.
- Early-Bird Cameo: As mentioned above, he wrote a Rascal Flatts song before his major-label debut.
- Early Installment Weirdness: All of his Cajun music album that he did as a child. "Storm Warning" is also much heavier and less teen pop than his other Atlantic releases.
- Genre Shift: From Cajun music to country-pop.
- Miniscule Rocking: "Everybody's Got Somebody but Me" is only 2:39.
- Older Than He Looks: He certainly looks younger than his 20s.
- Self-Backing Vocalist: As mentioned, he played all of his own instruments and sang all the backing vocals on his first album.