Atlantic Records Nashville Artist Hunter Hayes Visits MTSU

Twenty-year-old country wunderkind Hunter Hayes will make an appearance at 1 p.m. at MTSU’s College of Mass Communication Tuesday, March 20, as part of the Department of Recording Industry’s career fair.

The Louisiana native’s single, “Storm Warning,” from his self-titled Atlantic debut CD is in heavy rotation on CMT and radio. One of his first professional appearances was with Robert Duvall in “The Apostle,” and he moved to Nashville and signed a songwriting deal with Universal Music Publishing Group at age 16. Hayes, who plays accordion, guitar, mandolin, keyboards, bass, piano and drums, opened for Taylor Swift during her “Speak Now” World Tour in 2011 and for Rascal Flatts earlier this year during their “Thaw Out” tour.

MTSU’s Department of Recording Industry is one of the largest and best equipped in the country. Undergraduate recording-industry students choose between two concentrations: music business or production and technology. The department, housed in the College of Mass Communication, now also offers a unique graduate program in recording arts and technologies.