When: Fri., March 31, 8 p.m. 2017
It’s not everyday a 7 year old receives an invitation from the White House to play music for the President. But that’s just what happened to country singer-songwriter Hunter Hayes in 1999, when former President Bill Clinton invited the young performer to play at a White House lawn party. A few TV appearances later, including Maury and The Rosie O’Donnell Show, Hayes moved to Nashville to write songs for other country artists and begin working on his self-titled debut album which he co-produced, co-wrote and on which played every instrument. Though his sound is definitely poppy, an attentive listener can hear the raw talent and musicianship of Hayes as somehow manages to take straight-forward country-pop songs and and add just the right amount of flair to keep a non-country fan interested. From charming audiences as a child accordionist to growing into a seriously talented singer-songwriter, Hayes is a proven example that doing what you loved when you were young is sometimes actually the best career choice.