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    Default Hunter Hayes - Storyline

    enters the Billboard chart this week at #3

    Spotify online listen
    4.0 of 5.0 from allmusic

    all I can think is country boy band
    not fair I guess, writes his own lyrics
    toured with Taylor Swift
    don't like his voice
    do like the below single though
    but it may be the only thing

    artist website -

    Bio - from allmusic

    When he was just 19 years old, Hunter Hayes became one of the hottest new stars in country music, having signed with a major label and attracted
    plenty of press attention and airplay, but despite his youth, this wasn't really new for Hayes -- he was playing for paying audiences at the age
    of five and cut his first album when he was only nine.

    Hayes was born in Breaux Bridge, Louisiana in 1991, and showed a keen interest in music at an early age. His family was proud of their Cajun
    heritage, and young Hayes was had a regular babysitter who was a fan of legendary Cajun accordionist Aldus Roger. Hayes began singing the
    melodies of Roger's songs around the house, and when his folks bought him a toy accordion, he was playing Cajun tunes on it within a few days.
    By the age of five, he had moved up to a custom-made accordion designed to work with his small hands, and he was regularly sitting in with local
    Cajun bands that played at a local restaurant. Hayes became a minor celebrity in Louisiana, appearing on local television programs, playing a
    bit part in Robert Duvall's film The Apostle, joining Hank Williams, Jr. on-stage to perform "Jambalaya" at a concert in front of 200,000 fans,
    and meeting the likes of Johnny Cash, Charlie Daniels, and Bill Clinton.

    In 2000, he recorded his first album, Through My Eyes, for a regional label, with the youngster playing accordion, singing, and writing several
    songs as well as performing a handful of Cajun standards. He wrote or co-wrote seven of the thirteen songs on his second independent album,
    2001's Make a Wish, which he helped to produce. While Hayes had already mastered keyboards and accordion, he expanded his repertoire to include
    guitar, mandolin, bass, and percussion, and as a teenager, he assembled a home recording setup, learning more about the rudiments of record
    making. In 2009, Hayes moved to Nashville, hoping to make a mark in country music, and he signed a publishing deal with Universal Music
    Publishing Group; Rascal Flatts recorded one of his tunes, "Play," on their 2010 album Nothing Like This.

    Producer and songwriter Dann Huff, who had worked on the Rascal Flatts album, teamed up with Hayes to produce Hayes' first major-label project
    after he landed a deal with Atlantic Records. In the summer of 2011, Hayes' single "Storm Warning" was released and made the country Top 40; he
    wrote the song as well as singing and playing all the instruments himself. His debut album, Hunter Hayes, was released later in 2011, and as his
    single rode the charts, he spent part of the summer touring small venues as a headliner, and large arenas opening for Taylor Swift.

    His debut built into a strong success story, topping the U.S. country charts and going platinum thanks in part to the number one country single
    "Wanted," which went quadruple platinum in 2012. Another single was pulled from Hunter Hayes -- "Somebody's Heartbreak," which peaked at number
    seven -- and then an expanded "Encored" edition of the album appeared in 2013; this version contained the number two single "I Want Crazy" and
    the Jason Mraz duet "Everybody's Got Somebody But Me." Hayes returned in 2014 with his second album, Storyline. Preceded by the single
    "Invisible," Storyline was released in May 2014.

    Album Review - from allmusic

    He may have started recording long before her -- as a Louisiana wunderkind, he had a pair of records released when he was just nine and ten --
    but Hunter Hayes emerged in the 2010s as the first genuine post-Taylor Swift artist in country music. Hayes followed her footsteps in the sense
    that he hid neither his youth nor his careerism, allowing his songs to have an open-hearted adolescence tempered by hooks designed to fill
    stadiums or at least occupy constant space on the airwaves. All this was evident on his eponymous 2011 album -- the major-label debut with
    Atlantic that effectively acts as his overall debut -- but it's in even stronger play on its 2014 sequel, Storyline. Once again co-written and
    co-produced by Hayes (Dann Huff returns as the co-producer), Storyline differs from its predecessor in that it showcases Hayes' touring band, a
    move that opens up the music and lets it breathe. Nevertheless, Hayes could never be considered a gritty musician, not by a long shot; he's
    proud of his sunny disposition and possesses a high, slightly nasal voice that occasionally recalls Gary LeVox of Rascal Flatts. Hunter may have
    penned "Play," a tune that turned into a hit for RF in 2010, but he favors a brighter, sturdier pop than that Ohio group and he also can sling a
    guitar like Brad Paisley, two distinctions that give Storyline a livelier feel. His instrumental prowess provides the tightest ties to country
    music -- there's twang and muscle in his leads -- and they're showcased early on the album but this is by and large a proud pop album, something
    that's plain by the time the record reaches its first single, "Invisible," at just before the halfway point. Like Taylor, Hunter doesn't bother
    sounding older than his years nor does he care to put on airs: he's a modern-day Southern boy, raised on radio pop played in big box stores and
    playing the back porch on a Sunday afternoon, and those two strands come together beguilingly on this second album.

    the first single and the best thing on the album:

    Track Listing

    1. Wild Card
    2. Storyline
    3. Still Fallin
    4. Tattoo
    5. Invisible
    6. ...Interlude
    7. You Think You Know Somebody
    8. Flashlight
    9. When Did You Stop Loving Me
    10. ...Like I Was Saying [Jam]
    11. Secret Love
    12. Nothing Like Starting Over
    13. If It's Just Me
    14. Love Too Much
    A man only learns in two ways, one by reading, and the other by association with smarter people.
    Will Rogers

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    the link inst bad,once again, i wouldnt buy it!

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