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Hunter Hayes

You play 30 instruments. What’s the toughest?

Drums, just because I don’t get to play them a whole lot. I really have to sit down and get my muscle memory back in shape. Guitar is my home and what I play most.

Have you always been a natural onstage?

I love being in front of audiences. Nobody in my family’s musical. They’re still surprised it’s become my life.

Your song “Invisible” talks about the bullying you faced in school. Is it scary being vulnerable in your music?

No emotion should be ignored, and I hope this song found its way to who needed to hear it. Singing it and talking to fans about it has been life-changing.

Is writing love songs therapeutic for you?

I spare my friends two-hour phone calls [Laughs]. Sometimes you just gotta get it out—the good and the bad.

—MELODY CHIU

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