Music's Hottest Breakout Artists

Hunter Hayes

"I've never had the patience to sit down and learn from anyone . . . it's been a process of experimentation -- pressing every button I can," rising country star Hayes explains of his self-taught background. Opening for Taylor Swift and Carrie Underwood on their world tours, Hayes released his debut album in 2011 and saw his single "Wanted" go Platinum in August 2012.

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