OFFSTAGE: Hunter Hayes Says "Wanted" Is About Beautiful Souls

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OFFSTAGE: Hunter Hayes Says "Wanted" Is About Beautiful Souls

Published on October 31, 2012 by CMT News

Hunter Hayes
(CMT Offstage keeps a 24/7 watch on everything that’s happening with country music artists behind the scenes and
out of the spotlight.)

If you want to hear a country song about a pretty girl, just turn on your radio and wait
two minutes. Those songs are on constantly. But one song, Hunter Hayes’
“Wanted,” goes deeper than that. Hayes and I talked about that on the
BMI Country Awards red carpet Tuesday night (Oct. 30) in Nashville. I told him my favorite line was, “Anyone can tell you
you’re pretty.” And he told me his favorite — and the most important lyric in the tune — is “Your beauty’s deeper than the
makeup.” He explained, “That’s a very important thing to say. The meaning behind it is that we all get caught up in the expectation,
and it’s like, ‘Hey we’ve got souls, and you’ve got a beautiful soul.’ And someone told me once that their relationship worked
so well because they each wanted each other. So it wasn’t like a necessity thing. It took me a while to wrap my head around
that, but it helped me gain perspective.” 

Side note: If anyone else was wondering, like
I was
, how he gets the lyrics to that song all over his instruments when he performs it, here’s what Hayes told me: “Everything
onstage — the drums, the amps, the guitars, that piano — is stripped of its paint and then painted with a matte black chalkboard
paint. And then we chalk in my lyrics over everything.”

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