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For Hunter Hayes, complacency is the enemy. After being nominated for a handful ofGRAMMY Awards, snagging a collection of CMA’s and touring the world behind a pair of critically-acclaimed albums, it would be far too easy for the revered singer-songwriter and top-notch musician to rest on his laurels. But Hayes wants more. “I had to get in the mindset of ‘I’m starting over,’” the 25-year-old says boldly of a rigorous two-year process during which he wrote more than 100 songs; made a Nashville studio his personal playground and, most important for his development as a category-defying artist and musical innovator, flipped convention on its head. “I’m starting from scratch,” Hayes declares with equal parts excitement and nervous anticipation of the mindset behind cooking up some of the most bold, hook-heavy material of his career with a heavier emphasis on band-based arrangements and live drums. “It’s about who I am and where I’m going.”The initial returns on Hayes’ focused pursuit of the bold and new are a trio of songs released direct to fans via his social media: “Yesterday’s Song,” “Amen,” and “Young Blood.” “It was so good for my soul,” the singer says of the no-holds-barred, loose atmosphere of writing, recording and cutting the new tracks with his trusted band. “It has all heart and soul and laying it all out on the table.” Written with Barry Dean and Martin Johnson and produced with Dann Huff, “Yesterday’s Song” is a sonically boisterous stunner; a rollicking, breakneck rock jam that, at its lyrical core, is a no-nonsense breakup song — a kiss-off, Hayes says, that doubles as “a joyous celebration” of moving on and never looking back. “It’s like ‘I’m gone and going so fast you’ll never catch me!’” he says of the song’s flavor, adding that breakup songs like it, off “life-changing” albums like Rascal Flatts’ Me and My Gang, Adele’s 21 or John Mayer’s Continuum, have long been essential to his life.
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