Every year the Campus Activities Board (CAB) hosts a series of major concerts. While Plexapalooza has historically featured EDM and Modstock presents R&B and hip-hop, this year Stokes Set is furthering defining its identity with the help of country singer Hunter Hayes.
Hunter Hayes quickly became a well known name in country music after releasing his self-titled debut album in 2011. The album sold over 1.1 million copies, hit No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart, and earned Hayes four Grammy nods, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
Hayes' success would not come as a surprise to those who know him. Hayes showed talent from a young age, recording his first independent album by age nine. He grew up in Louisiana playing 30 to 60 gigs a year, and at 17 he moved to Nashville to continue his career. Two years later, Hayes was signed to Atlantic Records Nashville.
After a four-year break from the spotlight, Hunter Hayes recently released a new album, “Wild Blue (Part 1).” In an interview with People magazine, Hayes describes the music in his new album as “therapy,” after realizing five years earlier that he was writing just to please others. The album shows a deeper and more vulnerable side of Hayes and previews more of his “unedited story” that will continue on parts two and three of Wild Blue.
For those of you who don’t know every Hunter Hayes song by heart, but still want to be able to sing along this Saturday, The Gavel has compiled a short list of essentials to listen to before Stokes Set.
From “Hunter Hayes” 2011:
- I Want Crazy
- Storm Warning
From “Wild Blue (Part 1)” 2019:
- My Song Too
- Wild Blue
- Dear God
This year, the first 500 people to arrive to Stokes Set will receive free bandana. The concert will take place this Saturday, Sept. 21 at 5:30 p.m. on the Stokes Hall Lawn, and BC’s very own CANNON will be opening.