NYCS First Impression: Hunter Hayes ‘Wild Blue (Part 1)

Hunter Hayes Wild Blue

Grammy award-winning, American country music star Hunter Hayes has graced the stage ever since he was a little boy. Gifted with a toy accordion at age two from his grandmother, his never-ending love for music began. At age 4, Hayes appeared on national television performing on shows such as The Rosie O’Donnell Show, Maury, and Nickelodeon’s Figure It Out. At age seven, he performed at the White House singing for President Bill Clinton. Since then he released his first critically acclaimed self-titled debut album Hunter Hayes featuring hits like “Somebody’s Heartbreak,” “I Want Crazy” and “Wanted,” and then his second acclaimed album Storyline with hits “Tattoo” and “Invisible.”

Earlier this week on TODAY, the Louisiana native announced that his new album Wild Blue (Part One) would be released on Friday, August 16th. Previously stated that the album would be dropped in October, Hayes pulled a Beyonce and dropped part one of three early. This marks the multi-instrumentalist singer-songwriter’s first full-length release in four years. The first cut “Madness” stylistically embodies almost a rock feel more than any other genre and it depicts Hayes’ battle with adversity. Hayes’ has been honest with his unfamiliarity with commercial success and losing himself as an artist.

Lead single “Heartbreak” is artistically connate to that of commercial radio success and is brimming with optimism. It’s presented through a male’s perspective of heartbreak, and the lessons learned from it. “Hey baby, can I call you ‘baby’? Is that okay? // I don’t even know you, but I can’t wait to know you someday // Imagine someday, when we look back // I’ll thank my past for giving me my future better half”

“Dear God,” one of the singles released last year and has the country artist questioning the good man upstairs on why he is the way that he is. He grapples, “Why does my life have to hurt so much? Why can’t I find any peace or love?” A standout on the project, “My Song Too” looks back at a relationship that has ended and thanks the significant other for the memories such as “The night in New York City” and “The night in Napa Valley” with standout lyric, “You left me, better than you found me.” “Loving You,” a more traditional ballad similar to “Wanted” has a finger-snapping R&B vibe confessing that looking back on the memories of their relationship, that the emotions left are the ones that still hurt.

We are looking forward to Part 2 and Part 3 of Hayes’ project and watching his artistry unfold even further.

To keep up with Hunter Hayes follow him on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

Wild Blue Part 1 is now available everywhere you buy or stream music. Take a listen below and check out more new recently released music here on our ‘New Country Music’ playlist. Be sure to give the playlist a follow for your weekly new country music fix.


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