A pretty big country music show comes to Lowell on Friday night when 22-year-old wunderkind Hunter Hayes headlines the We're Not Invisible Tour show at the Tsongas Center at UMass Lowell.
Hayes is a four-time Grammy nominee whose self-titled 2001 debut album earned him three consecutive chart-topping singles, selling more than eight million singles to date, while the album has gone platinum. He's touring behind his second album, Storyline, which comes out on Tuesday.
Expect to hear all of Hayes' biggest hits (he's only got one album, one EP and a live album) including "Storm Warning," "Wanted," "Somebody's Heartbreak," "I Want Crazy," "Everybody's Got Somebody but Me" and "Invisible."
He's been named one of Forbes Magazine's "30 Under 30" which is another milestone in a career that began when his grandmother gave the then-2-year-old Hayes a toy accordion. He began making appearances on national television at the age of 4, including Maury, Rosie O'Donnell and the Nickelodeon game show Figure It Out, where he performed the Hank Williams classic "Jambalaya (On the Bayou)" with Hank Williams Jr.
According to American Songwriter, he received his first guitar from actor Robert Duvall at age 6. At the age of 7, President Bill Clinton invited him to play at a White House lawn party. A decade later, in 2008, he signed with Universal Music Publishing Group as a songwriter and two years later, he co-wrote "Play" for Rascal Flatts.
He first moved into national prominence as the opening act for 10 dates of Taylor Swift's Speak Now world tour in 2011, moving to headlining status that fall. He opened for Rascal Flatts in 2012 and opened for Carrie Underwood on 90-plus dates of her Blown Away tour last year.
Oh, and by the way, he's acted in The Apostle (where he met Duvall) and My Dog Skip.
Opening for Hayes in Lowell will be 17-year-old Danielle Bradbery, who was the Season 4 winner of The Voice, and newcomers Dan + Shay.
Tickets are $49.50 and $35 and available at tsongascenter.com and at the box office.