Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.
The “Wanted” singer — who nabbed new artist of the year at the CMAs in 2012 — says, “I’m a big Garth fan, I always have been.”
“He is so much of why I like playing live, I accidentally channel him,” Hayes, 25, admits. The five-time CMAs attendee adds that he’s “excited” to see Brooks take the Bridgestone Arena stage.
Hayes also opened up about changes in the country music world since he first broke onto the scene, saying that he loves the increasing number of people who have “found this genre.”
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“I feel spoiled. I like grew up with it,” Hayes says. “I love how many people have found it and just how diverse it is . . . all that stuff, there’s so much here.”
He adds, “It’s a big house, it’s a big family.”