Adorable country singer Hunter Hayes is about to go on tour with country sensation Taylor Swift, yet he is still completely in awe of the gorgeous superstar and tells a sweet fan story of how they met!
It is a once in a lifetime opportunity to get to open for someone like Taylor Swift, and Hunter Hayes knows just how lucky he is to have been chosen to perform on her tour from July 28 — August 14. In an exclusive interview with HollywoodLife.com he reveals exactly how he was selected!
At the mention of Taylor Swift, Hunter breaks into a huge grin, admitting that collaborating with her “would be my dream”, and that he is “a huge fan!”
Recalling the first time he met Taylor, he admits, “It was probably the first time I have ever been completely speechless.”
But not all fans get to become tour mates, so we asked Hunter exactly how it happened, and it is just the cutest story!
“I met her at the VMA awards in Nashville last year. And shortly thereafter, I figured out a way to get an iPod nano, loaded with a bunch of my demos and live video and a message from me, to her. I never expected she would listen to it, but she did listen! And then we got the call a couple months later to go out on tour with her!”
The 19-year-old hunk has previously worked with older groups, like Rascal Flatts, so he seemed especially excited to work with someone closer to his own age (and especially someone as beautiful as Taylor), saying that “that’s one of the reasons I am a huge fan of her — because she is my age. I relate to the idea that she is someone my age that went out there and did her music and is living the dream. I hope I can sit across the table from her and text her and ask her, ‘How’d you do this?’”
The singer, who plays 30 instruments on his new album and began making his own demo recordings in the seventh grade also talked to us about some of his favorite songs on his album and who he would love to collaborate with.
- On his new single “Storm Warning”: The hunk revealed it was more about girls than it was about weather, saying, “I related it to this girl I wanted to hang out with and spend time with and get to know, but there were red flags everywhere telling me this was not a good idea and those were my warnings and I didn’t heed them. That is kind of where we came from with the song. And we poured it out over a couple of hours into the laptop we write on, and it just became our first single.”
- On his song “Wanted”: : “’Wanted’ is pretty strong. I’m a dude so I come from it from a completely different perspective. I wrote this for a girl to say ‘I don’t just need to be with someone like you, I just want to hang out with you’. Of course she doesn’t know that I wrote it about her and she will never know. But ‘Wanted’ means a lot to me because I think we all want to feel that thing — someone just wants to be with us, someone likes our company. The album is full of songs — I wrote for three years straight — so the album is pretty much hand-picked by my team and I, but mostly me, so each one is pretty special.”
- On another one of his fan moments, this time with Brad Paisley: “I got to meet Brad Paisley. He was on air on the radio when I was a kid, probably nine or ten. [...] Mom and I were big fans and we were riding home from school and heard him on the radio. We knew the DJ, so we decided to go by the radio station and see if the DJ could introduce us. And we went and he introduced us to Brad, and Brad was so nice and shared the interview with me. Brad invited me to play with him that night at a place called The Stockyard Saloon in Lafeyette, Louisiana. It was really cool, I got to play with him. And he has remembered me ever since which is really neat.
Aww! Watch Hunter’s interview to learn more about him and check out his official music video below, as well as some more performances from the singer. Also check out the country cutie’s official website!
Blair Moylan, With Reporting By Lorena O’Neill
Hunter’s Performances at the ACMs in LA:
Official ‘Storm Warning’ Music Video: