With his latest hit, Hunter Hayes, who turns 24 in September, turns the calendar all the way back to 2012. That’s the year the musical prodigy turned 21, which is also the title of the first single from his upcoming third studio album. But rather than some barely-legal shenanigans, the video for “21” is a simple celebration dominated by dance and guitar.
Set against a green screen that stays that color throughout the clip, the video features a series of dancers, solo and in couples, moving to the mid-tempo tune, which was penned by veterans Dallas Davidson, Kelley Lovelace and Ashley Gorley. Hayes is also seen throughout, both against the green backdrop and with stage lights behind him, all the while playing guitar and singing about being “wild and young.” He even busts out a few dance moves of his own.
“21 is the most fun I’ve had on set! Having the band and Cole there brought all the good vibes!” Hayes posted to Twitter on Monday. Cole, who can be seen in silhouette toward the end of the clip, is a retired racing Greyhound Hayes adopted earlier this year from Greyhound Pets of America.
Unlike the revelers who “go big” in the new tune, Hayes can actually recall the events of his own 21st birthday and says his celebration involved a single drink with band mates in New Orleans. Of course, most 21-year-olds don’t wake up later that same day to sing the national anthem at the Superdome.
Hayes continues opening shows on Lady Antebellum’s Wheels Up Tour this summer, along with Sam Hunt. The trek hits Chula, Vista, California on July 10th, with shows following in Phoenix and Albuquerque July 11th and 12th.