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Hunter Hayes could pretend to be one of those artists that claim they needed to take a musical break to go on vacation and clear their head.

But in actuality, he did the exact opposite.

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“I just took the time to dig in deeper,” he said in a recent interview with Rare Country about the break that has kept him from reaching the top 10 on the country charts since 2014. “There was just a lot of commotion around me and, frankly, I needed to just get back to me. I needed to get back writing, and I needed to get back into the studio and I needed to stop overthinking everything so much.”


Never much of a formula follower, Hunter says his drive to always “go the other direction” from everyone else has powered him up to make some groundbreaking moves thus far in 2017. That includes the release of “Rescue,” which serves as his first new music of the year and has a charity component tied to it in partnership with online shoe retailer Zappos.

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“Back a couple years, I would have thought about ‘Rescue’ too much, and it probably wouldn’t have been recorded,” he tells Rare Country. “Now, I have a team around me that is encouraging me to look at things that once scared me directly in the eye and go for it. I just want to make music. I’m stoked for what’s next.”

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