Hunter Hayes is having a breakout year. Following dynamic performances at the 2014 Grammy Awards and the American Country Music Awards ceremonies, he released his second studio album Storyline. The excitement for the album is led by the success of the first single “Invisible”.
In the song, Hunter tackles the issue of teenage bullying and the pains of being socially ostracized. As he so beautifully conveys in the song’s lyrics, “Crowded hallways are the loneliest places for outcasts and rebels or anyone who just dares to be different.” In a recent interview with Entertainment Tonight, Hunter shared that in his past he dealt with feeling like an outcast. He acknowledged that learning to embrace what made him different and special helped shape him into the man he is today:
“Yes, I was a total geek. I was a total nerd. You know, I still am, and I’m proud of that. But it took me a while to realize that it's okay to be proud of that...In that time and period in my life, if you didn’t fit in, what else was there?”
The strong theme of self love and appreciation is something that truly sets Storyline apart in the pop culture arena. The album features top notch musicianship and songwriting and, as with his previous release Hunter Hayes, Hunter plays the majority of the instruments on the album himself and co-wrote and co-produced all the songs. Listen to Hunter talk about some of the songs on the album in the commentary below. And don't forget the download the album on iTunes!