Twenty-two year old Hunter Hayes debuted his latest single, “Invisible“, at the 56th annual Grammy Awards on January 26th. The ballad, which features a strong message about children who are bullied or just feel alone, hits close to home for Hayes, who co-wrote the track with Bonnie Baker and Katrina Elam.
The lyric “Crowded hallways are the loneliest places for outcasts and rebels, and anyone who dares to be different,” sets the tone of the song right from the beginning, and describes Hayes’s past of being bullied and feeling like an outcast. In an interview with Entertainment Tonight’s Nancy O’Dell, Hayes admitted he was misunderstood throughout school, saying he was a geek and a nerd.
“At school, I was a quiet kid. I was really shy. My safe zone was music. In writing music, I had my friend, the one thing that would never let me down. Writing songs was like me keeping a journal. I really took it seriously when I realized how powerful of a tool it was and how much I needed it,” Hayes said in a quote from his website.
Music has been in Hayes’s life since he was two years old. This was the age when he began picking up instruments and experimenting with them. He plays all of the 30 instruments featured on his debut album, Hunter Hayes, released in 2011.
This premiere single off of Hayes’s latest album also lent its name to his “We’re Not Invisible” Tour, which kicks off in Pikeville, Ky. March 20 and features guest artists Danielle Bradbury and Dan + Shay. The tour will stop in 19 cities across the United States.