Hunter turns to "21"
Thursday, May 21, 2015
– Hunter Hayes may be 23, but he's releasing "21" as his new single from a forthcoming project.
The song is available via radio, the iHeartRadio app and Spotify today. The song goes to digital retail on Tuesday, May 26.
"21" is the first taste of new music from Hayes that will be rolling out through streaming and digital platforms in the coming weeks. Produced by Hayes and, Dann Huff, "21" is about the anticipation of marking the milestone birthday coupled with youthful abandon once it's come and gone. Hayes wrote the song with Dallas Davidson, Kelley Lovelace and Ashley Gorley.
Hayes is currently overseas headlining his Let's Be Crazy Tour UK in support of his "I Want Crazy" UK album release this week and will resume the Wheels Up Tour with Lady Antebellum and Sam Hunt in Wantagh, N.Y. on May 29. He will also perform "21" on ABC's The View on Monday, May 25.
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