The 21 Project

The 21 Project

by Hunter HayesHunter Hayes


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Unlike Taylor Swift, who wrote "22" when she was 22, Hunter Hayes wrote "21" when he was 24, so the 2015 song doesn't mark a personal milestone for the country singer/songwriter, but he decided to throw a party for the tune anyway, using it as the anchor for The 21 Project, a 21-song set that sees a seven-song EP from three angles. First up is the studio set, slick and smooth and bearing all the hallmarks of a big budget, and that's followed by acoustic interpretations of the songs -- to be clear, these are not demos but fully produced renditions, complete with a backing band and, on one cut, Lady Antebellum. The group shows up on all three discs, including the final disc that finds Hunter playing each of the seven songs in front of a crowd. These live cuts are nearly as big and glossy as the studio cuts, so the cumulative effect of The 21 Project suggests that no matter what the setting, Hunter Hayes is a preternaturally gifted Nashville player who loves the machinations of the Music City as much as he loves the songs themselves. As for those songs, they're certainly well-crafted -- his mastery with construction is evident and he's casually versatile, dipping into pop, beach-front reggae, and crossover-ready ballads.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/06/2015
Label: Atlantic
UPC: 0075678667152
catalogNumber: 552577
Rank: 48021

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Hunter Hayes   Primary Artist,Synthesizer,Acoustic Guitar,Bouzouki,Mandolin,Percussion,Bass Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals,Mandola,Guitar (Resonator),Lead
Dave Haywood   Mandolin,Vocals
Hillary Scott   Vocals
Charles Kelley   Vocals
Devin Malone   Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Cello,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals,Slide Guitar,Guitar (Resonator)
Steve Sinatra   Percussion,Drums,Background Vocals
Luke Moller   Violin
Matt Utterback   Bass,Upright Bass,Synthesizer Bass
Andy Sheridan   Organ,Synthesizer,Acoustic Guitar,Piano,Accordion,Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals,Bandleader,fender rhodes,Wurlitzer,Hammond B3
Nir "Z" Zidkyahu   Drums
Justin Eason   Acoustic Guitar,Bouzouki,Mandolin,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals
Justin Easton   Electric Guitar

Technical Credits

Mark Hagen   Engineer
Hunter Hayes   Composer,Producer,Liner Notes,drum programming
Dann Huff   Producer
Steve Marcantonio   Engineer
Drew Bollman   Engineer
Matt Coles   Engineer
Seth Morton   Engineer
Mike Moore   Art Direction

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