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Exclusive Q and A: Hunter Hayes Talks Carrie Underwood, Joe Walsh and the Young Woman who Inspired ‘Wanted’

OurStage Exclusive InterviewsHunter Hayes has hit gold with “Wanted,” the second single from from his self-titled debut album. Between that song and the first single from the album, Storm Warning, Hayes has also watched digital sales move beyond the one million mark.

Although Hayes is only 20, he is a virtuoso performer, writer, and producer who played every instrument and writes or co-writes every song on his album. The 2012 Academy of Country Music (ACM) New Artist of the Year nominee is on a musical fast track touring with household names including Taylor Swift, Rascal Flatts, Keith Urban, Brad Paisley, Trace Adkins, and Hank Williams Jr. As he continues his own tour and looks ahead to joining Carrie Underwood’s “Blown Away” tour this fall, it’s clear his star is continuing to rise. Recently he took time out from his jam-packed schedule to talk about his music, performing and one special inspiration for his latest hit single.

OS: Congratulations on your recent success! You’ve certainly had a lot of great news lately. It has to feel surreal in a way.

HH: Just about five years ago or so when I was a freshman in high school, I was dreaming of this day. I was dreaming of traveling in a tour bus and playing theatres and [large venues]. Now I’m dreaming about traveling with several tour buses and playing arenas. This really is all a dream come true.

OS: So you co-wrote the song “Wanted.” What is the song about?

HH: I co-wrote it with Troy Verges. I had this idea about what I wanted to tell this (female) friend of mine who I just want to spend time with every time I’m home. So we were talking about that and he was helping me with what I’d say. So that’s really how the song came together.

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Classifieds News: For Sale

OurStage Classifieds is a music-centric classifieds section designed to help music lovers, emerging artists and industry pros connect with one another on many levels. Think of it as your local classifieds section but on a music discovery site with over 4 million monthly visitors. The OurStage community lives and breathes musicwhat better place to fulfill all your music-related needs?

This week in Classifieds news, we’re tackling the For Sale category. For Sale features 8 subcategories: Concert Tickets, Electronics, Gear, Instruments, Memorabilia, Photo/Video Equipment, Vans/Trailers and Wanted. Here are the details of each sub-group:

  • Concert Tickets – A place for OurStage community members to buy and sell concert tickets.
  • Electronics – A place for OurStage community members to buy and sell electronics. If you have beats for sale or lease, please promote your services in the Services: Engineer / Producer / Mixer category.
  • Gear – A place for OurStage community members to buy and sell non-instrument music gear (mics, amps, stands, etc.). If you want to sell an instrument, the best fit for your listing is the Instruments category.
  • Instruments – A place for OurStage community members to buy and sell musical instruments.
  • Memorabilia – A place for OurStage community members to buy and sell music and artist memorabilia.
  • Photo/Video Equipment – A place for OurStage community members to buy and sell photography and video equipment.
  • Vans/Trailers – A place for OurStage community members to buy and sell vans and trailers.
  • Wanted – A place for OurStage community members to post things that they are looking for that may not appear in the other “For Sale” categories.

Here are some current listings in the For Sale category:

For Sale: Concert Tickets

Lilith Fair Tix Half Price (Minneapolis, MN)

I’m looking to sell two tickets to Lilith Fair in Shakopee. They were originally $300 for the pair. For more info on this listing, click here.

For Sale: Instruments

Tama Rock Star Mahogany Fade Finish Drum Set (Ft. Lauderdale, United States)
7 Pieces plus throne, hardware and cymbals. Beautiful, like new mahogany fade finish drums. 1 matching pearl session pro tom included. For more info on this listing, click here.

For Sale: Gear

Mixing Board (Nashville, TN)

This RAMSA WR-S4416 mixing board is a great studio and live mixing console. It has 16 powered channels, XLR and 1/4 inputs; 1/4″ outputs; view meter; 4 Aux sends; channel mute and PFL options. For more info on this listing, click here.

Remember: If you notice a listing in the wrong category, please flag it using the OurStage flagging system. The OurStage staff reviews all flags and will take any appropriate actions.

For a limited time, posting in Classifieds will be free, so log in to your OurStage account and get posting! Want to browse Classifieds? Click “Marketplace” in the main navigation bar at the top of the screen and select “Classifieds” from the drop down menu or click here. Not sure which category is best for your listing? Check out our Classifieds FAQs!

 


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