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Hayes comes out with "Heartbreak"

Tuesday, January 22, 2019 – Hunter Hayes will release his first official single in three years, "Heartbreak," on Friday.

The song is the prelude to his third studio disc slated to come out later this year. Hayes, 28, has released songs over the last three years, but none were considered singles.

"I remember the day I wrote 'Heartbreak,' I felt relieved, but also elated. I was on fire," said Hayes. "It was the same feeling that I've had in the past with songs like 'I Want Crazy.' This song came about during a time where, for the first time in five years, I was writing by myself."

"Right after I wrote 'One Shot,' I had the idea to start journaling love songs to my future better half. After a relationship ends, I think we all want to know that there is someone for us, but unfortunately, a lot of people have been lead to believe that you're supposed to feel shitty after a breakup. I wanted this song to turn that feeling around for people and remind them not to let someone walk out the door with your happiness and your self-worth."

"I kind of want this song to be somebody's disco ball on a depressing night rather than a box of tissues and a Hugh Grant movie. That's why I love that line 'I've been in some shit relationships, but I remain an optimist.' Watching shows back, that's the line that you hear crowds singing the most, which is hilarious because the songs not even out yet. It's a song about freedom. It's a song about true honest happiness and love and how there is love for everyone. Not only are you worthy of being loved, but there is somebody out there who loves you even though they haven't met you. In the darkness of a heart breaking, I'm here to tell you there's also a whole lotta light."

In 2018, he released "Dear God" and "One Shot." Hayes released a three-part mini movie set in the 1950's titled "Pictures" that follows storylines of domestic violence, racial differences and a powerful love that can't be stopped. Interwoven with the movie are Hayes' three music videos for songs "You Should Be Loved," "More" and "This Girl."

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Storyline CD review - Storyline
A few things changed since Hunter Hayes debuted in 2011, but the bottom line remains the same - Hayes has a syrupy smooth and sweet voice, but there's not a tremendous amount of depth there to his feel good material. Hayes struck it rich the first time out on his major label debut garnering 3 top 10 songs including "I Want Crazy." The Louisiana native also was a one-man band playing and singing all parts. That's not the case this time as he ceded CO-directorial control to Dann Huff. »»»
Encore (deluxe) CD review - Encore (deluxe)
Hunter Hayes rereleased his debut self-titled album with a few additional tracks and three rerecorded ones. In any other genre of music, the new songs would have simply been released as an EP, but for some inexplicable reason, country music seems to be reluctant to embrace that form. The 800,000 fans who already own the original may find it irritating to pay full price for 5 new songs. People who have not warmed up to Hayes maple syrup smooth voice and decidedly pop version of country probably »»»
Editorial: Walking the talk – When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: Rising Appalachia buck the mainsteam, and that's fine with them – Rising Appalachia would not be accused of being in the musical mainstream. Not too many bands who combine folk and Appalachian sounds with new world music could possibly be. And that suits the sister-led duo of Chloe Smith and Leah Song just fine. In fact, at one point, Chloe made it clear she did not embrace radio play as a sign of success... »»»
Concert Review: Bingham plays with something to prove – Ryan Bingham mainly focused on songs from his sixth album "American Love Song," for this lively show. Backed by a supportive band that also included two female backup singers and a fiddler, Bingham's eclectic setlist touched upon country, singer/songwriter folk, rock and blues. Bingham reached for lively country sounds early on, with... »»»
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