Having spent the past year on a creative odyssey, writing more than 100 new songs and even building his own mobile studio to be able to record music whenever and wherever inspiration struck, Hunter Hayes has pulled the curtain back on the first three tracks from his as-yet-untitled third studio album for Atlantic / Warner Music Nashville. Hayes surprised fans by sharing a sampling of his new music – “Yesterday’s Song,” “Amen” and “Young Blood” – via social media on his 25th birthday before shipping his new single, “Yesterday’s Song,” to country radio today, Oct. 3. Fully immersed in crafting the song from start to finish, the five-time GRAMMY nominee wrote “Yesterday’s Song”with Barry Dean and Martin Johnson and produced the track with his longtime co-creator, Dann Huff.
“I’m beyond excited to share this new single with everyone,” Hayes said. “I’ve been on such an incredible journey this past year, not just musically but personally as well. There’s always been that next goal to reach, whether it was a single or an album or an arena tour, and this is the first time I’ve really been able to kind of step back from all of that and just let my instincts and creativity flow.”
An innovative artist who pushes boundaries both creatively and technologically, Hayes is constantly exploring non-traditional avenues to share music with fans however and wherever they are able to consume it, most recently rolling out a series of songs entitled The 21 Project via streaming services and a limited edition three-disc collection showcasing the metamorphosis of each song from acoustic to studio to live recordings. Eager to share his new music with fans, Hayes again turned to social media and streaming services to introduce the three songs from his forthcoming studio album.
“I’ve waited a long time to get this new music out, and ‘Yesterday’s Song’ really captures that free feeling, that joyous realization that you’re moving on and starting this fresh, new chapter,” he said.
“Yesterday’s Song” is available to download now at http://smarturl.it/yesterdayssong and is currently featured on iTunes’ “Hot Tracks” list and “Country A-List” as well as Spotify’s “Hot Country” playlist. It can be streamed on Spotify at http://smarturl.it/yesterdayssong_sp.
In early reviews, Rolling Stone Country calls the single a “hard-driving, Keith Urban-like rocker, with some Lenny Kravitz-inspired guitar” and observes that “Hayes is moving on to embrace a new tune and letting go of ‘yesterday’s song’ – a clever, totally appropriate way to introduce this surprisingly turbo-charged number.” Taste of Country notes that the sampling of new music reflects “Hayes’ growing maturity, not only in his vocals and lyrics, but his musical proficiency. Of course, the multi-instrumentalist’s guitar solos are masterful, but the production and composition of each song are a testament to his true talent.”
Hayes continues to perform select headlining dates across the country. For more information and the latest updates, visit www.hunterhayes.com or follow on Twitter/Instagram @HunterHayes and www.Facebook.com/HunterHayes.