Hunter Hayes Calls New Album ‘A Journey of Self-Discovery’

"It’s been good for my soul and I’ve learned a lot about myself," Hayes says of the album-making process. 

Written by Kelly Brickey
Hunter Hayes Calls New Album ‘A Journey of Self-Discovery’
Hunter Hayes; Photo by Robby Klein

It’s been a long while since fans of Hunter Hayes have heard anything new from the multi-talented musician, but now, he’s ready to bring himself back into the game with vulnerability and power on his side.

Hayes recently took some time away from the spotlight to hone in on his writing and creating to find his next musical path. During the creative process, the country star found himself wanting to dive deeper into his reflections on life in order to channel those emotions into the raw tracks featured on his forthcoming album. The soul-searching, though, led to inspiration even Hayes didn’t think he could find.

“It’s been all the things I’ve really wanted it to be. It’s been this huge journey of self-discovery, all that stuff,” Hayes recently told Sounds Like Nashville exclusively. “It’s been good for my soul and I’ve learned a lot about myself.”

While the follow up to 2015’s The 21 Project is still very much in the works, the Louisiana native says he’s feeling good about the direction the album is headed.

“I think that’s the part that’s going to do this record the most good. It wasn’t just picking good songs or writing whatever songs we thought might be good enough, it’s about discovery,” he shared. “I feel like I’ve got a little bit more to go, not long though. I can see, I think for the first time this month actually, I’m seeing this thing actually take shape and it’s been really encouraging.”

The 25-year-old singer recently released a few teasers to give fans a taste of where his sound is headed through tracks like “Yesterday’s Song” and “Amen.” While there is no set release date or title for the much-anticipated record just yet, he’s excited to show his Hayniacs what he dedicated himself to over the past couple years.

Fans can keep up with Hayes’ music-making through his Instagram and Twitter pages.