Hayes turns to "21"
Tuesday, October 13, 2015
– Hunter Hayes will release seven songs three different ways - acoustic, in studio and from live gigs - as part of "The 21 Project" on Nov. 6 on the Atlantic / Warner Music Nashville label.
Tracks will include Hayes' current single, "21," and a brand new song, "I Mean You."
"This project has been a lot of fun for me, because it really brings the focus back to the music and shows how a song grows from its original form into something we play on stage," said Hayes, who co-produced with Dann Huff. "We're making our fall tour all about the music and connecting with fans in a closer setting, and just enjoying music together."
Songs on the CD are:
1."21" (Dallas Davidson, Kelley Lovelace, Ashley Gorley, Hunter Hayes)
2."Young And In Love" (Hunter Hayes, Dan Omelio, Dave Barnes)
3."Saint Or A Sinner" (Hunter Hayes, Lori McKenna, Barry Dean)
4."Where It All Begins (feat. Lady Antebellum)" (Hunter Hayes, Charles Kelley, Dave Haywood, Hillary Scott)
5."Suitcase" (Hunter Hayes, Ashley Gorley, Ross Copperman)
6."The Trouble With Love" (Lori McKenna, Hunter Hayes)
7."I Mean You" (Hunter Hayes, Jimmy Robbins, Ashley Gorley)
Five of the seven songs (all except "Suitcase" and "I Mean You") were released as part of the "21" EP in August. The material was on a Spotify exclusive, "The Drop Campaign."
Hayes will embark on his 21 Tour on Oct. 22.Tour dates are:
Thursday, Oct. 22 - Western Carolina University - Cullowhee, N.C.
Friday, Oct. 23 - Kent State University - Kent, Ohio
Saturday, Oct. 24 - West Point Eisenhower Hall Theater - Highland Falls, N.Y.
Thursday, Oct. 29 - Purdue University - West Lafayette, Ind.
Friday, Oct. 30 - Aebersold Recreation Center at Slippery Rock University - Slippery Rock, Pa.
Thursday, Nov. 5 - Western Kentucky University - Bowling Green, Ky.
Friday, Nov. 6 - Notre Dame University - Notre Dame, Ind.
Saturday, Nov. 7 - Illinois State University - Normal, Ill.
Saturday, Nov. 14 - University of Oklahoma - Norman, Okla.
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