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Top 5 Most Influential Country Stars of 2013 (So Far) — #5: Hunter Hayes

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This guy is going to be the next big thing in country music. And he’s already well on his way.

Hunter Hayes played every instrument that was on his debut album, which has produced four singles, including one massive single that crossed over so well into the pop world, he put country on the map to other genres — and especially to teenage girls.

“Wanted” went nearly triple platinum and made Hunter Hayes, who starred in a Pepsi commercial earlier this year, the youngest solo male act to top the Hot Country Songs, breaking a record originally set in 1973.

In the fall, he became the youngest member of the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame, inducted at the Mahalia Jackson Theater in New Orleans during a benefit concert. He’s written tunes for the films ‘Footloose’ and ‘Act of Valor’. Carrie Underwood believed in him so much that he was invited to play on Carrie’s sold-out 90+ city tour, and he even was asked to play with Brad Paisley on his latest album.

Not to mention, Keith Urban wanted to jam with Hunter a couple months back, and even Stevie Wonder agreed to play with him on the ACM Awards. Wonder was so impressed with Hayes, they even performed together in April on ‘Dancing With the Stars’.

Let’s see, for being 21, he’s not had a slow career. Any young person trying to make it in music, here’s proof it can be done with just a ton of heart and practice.

P.S. Pretty crazy that he played our acoustic show last year!

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