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Hayes releases new song "Dear God"

Friday, August 3, 2018 – Hunter Hayes is back with the brand new song "Dear God," available everywhere today

Hayes released the song along with several types of video, including one on YouTube.

Co-written with pop singer Andy Grammer and songwriter Dave Spencer, the lyrics are about struggling with self-doubt.

"I had just gotten back from a TV performance in New York and was exhausted, but excited to have an evening hang/write booked with Andy Grammar," said Hayes. "We started by talking for an hour for his podcast. We covered a lot of topics, but one of the big things I took away from it was the human condition of never feeling 'good enough.' I had written a letter on the plane that was at first 'Dear World' before I realized I was actually writing to God."

"Andy has such a great way of digging through feelings and bringing them to the surface, and Dave brought some awesome new ideas to it that gave it a real three-dimensional approach. When Andy took the series of questions we were making for the chorus and turned the last one into 'are you sure that you don't mess up,' it hit me really hard. I ask that all the time, and I don't think I'm not the only one. It's a valid question and one I truly believe you don't ask unless you already know that answer because the opposite would be entirely too scary to live with. The song's description of the nights when I question my world couldn't be more vulnerable. We all face the question of being good enough for the world around us and sometimes we just need a reminder that we are."

Hayes has played the song live along with other unreleased material slated to come out later this year.

Hayes will sing the national anthem for tonight's LA Dodger's game at Dodger Stadium.

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