Hunter Hayes to Showcase Birth of a Song on New '21 Project'

Three-disc set includes acoustic, studio and live versions of the same seven songs

Hunter Hayes will release a new three-disc musical experiment, 'The 21 Project.' Credit: C Brandon/Redferns

Hunter Hayes, who has been increasingly innovative in how he brings country music to his fans, will release a three-disc concept album titled The 21 Project on November 6th.

Featuring Hayes' current single "21" and the brand-new track "I Mean You," the project presents seven songs three different ways — one disc is all studio recordings, one is acoustic-based and the third disc features live versions.

"This project has been a lot of fun for me, because it really brings the focus back to the music and shows how a song grows from its original form into something we play onstage," Hayes said in a statement. "We're making our fall tour all about the music and connecting with fans in a closer setting, and just enjoying music together."

Serving as a follow-up to Hayes' August-released EP, 21, the new project was once again co-produced by Hayes with all-star studio maestro Dann Huff. The 21 Project also includes another new track — "Suitcase," written by Hayes, Ashley Gorley and Ross Copperman — while the rest come straight from Hayes' EP.

A child prodigy, prolific songwriter and gifted musician, the 24-year-old artist has long been known for a restless creative spark. Hayes co-wrote every song and played every instrument on his 2011 self-titled debut album, and decided to test the waters of digital-only delivery by releasing the 21 EP exclusively through online streaming platforms. Hayes' previous Number Ones include "Wanted," "Somebody’s Heartbreak" and "I Want Crazy."

Hayes will hit the road later this month on the 21 Tour:

October 22 – Cullowhee, NC @ Western Carolina University
October 23 – Kent, OH @ Kent State University
October 24 – Highland Falls, NY @ West Point Eisenhower Hall Theater
October 29 – West Lafayette, IN @ Purdue University
October 30 – Slippery Rock, PA @ Aebersold Recreation Center at Slippery Rock University
November 5 – Bowling Green, KY @ Western Kentucky University
November 6 – Notre Dame, IN @ Notre Dame University
November 7 – Normal, IL @ Illinois State University
November 14 – Norman, OK @ University of Oklahoma