Up-and-coming country singer Hunter Hayes is hitting it big in 2012, and he has a lot on his plate. This year has brought a Country Music Awards (CMAs) nomination for Best New Artist, an opening-act spot on country sweetheart Carrie Underwood's tour, and three American Country Awards (ACAs) nominations.
Yet, the 21-year-old is taking it all in stride. Recently, he talked with SheKnows about opening for the sensational Underwood, saying this type of show is a big undertaking, but also an enjoyable one.
He said, "It's my first time orchestrating a show of this type [and] this time sensitive... which is actually kind of fun."
Hayes doesn't spend much time with the former American Idol winner, since they have "separate schedules."
He revealed, "I am waiting to... the end of the tour to have the sit-down," to ask Underwood for advice.
Hayes doesn't seem to need much help these days. He is up for a CMA this week as a part of the Best New Artist category, with fellow nominees Lee Brice, Brantley Gilbert, Love and Theft, and Thompson Square.
The young singer is predicted to win his category, but he doesn't have a speech prepared.
Hayes shared, "It's such an honor to have the industry sort of recognize you in that way... You know, to put your name on that list. It's a really good list. I'm kind of scared... but it's awesome. It's a rare opportunity. It means a whole lot to me."
The fans seems to agree, as they have helped make his single "Wanted" go Platinum and hit the top of the Billboard Country Charts. His latest single, "Somebody's Heartbreak," is quickly climbing the charts, too.
Hayes talked about how his new song represents the idea that "when something's worth trying, you're not afraid to fall flat on your face."
This should excite some of his fans, because not only is he single, he is also "flying solo" on the red carpet at the CMAs.
The "Wanted" singer is honored that his fans have nominated him for the ACAs in three categories this year.
He said, "I'm blessed to be surrounded by people who support me that way. That's huge. It's amazing."
In his spare time, Hayes is working on his pilot's license because he has always wanted to be a private pilot.
He said, "It's a great way for me to take a day off. It frees my mind."
Hayes doesn't have much time off, though. His tour with Carrie Underwood continues through Dec. 22, and then he looks forward to creating more music and focusing on headlining his own tour in 2013.
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