Hunter Hayes gets into the holiday spirit while filming CMA’s Country Christmas at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn., on Friday night (November 7).
Recently speaking with Rolling Stone, Hunter opened up about his admiration for country legend Ronnie Milsap.
“It’s nerve-racking to cover anybody’s songs, but it’s funny how much I enjoy singing Ronnie Milsap‘s songs,” he dished. “I think that’s because I spent years of my life literally trying to sound like him. I started with the 40 Number Ones. I had that on repeat for a couple of years. I learned everything in the catalog and then started learning stuff outside of that collection.”
Hunter added, “The range of an artist like Mr. Ronnie is just astonishing and a great sort of lesson for somebody like me who’s trying to find my own sound. Take everything you listen to and find a place for it in your music. Let it change, let it evolve. Let it be different from one record to the next. He is a shining example of how to continue to find new things and the way you can present things. It’s just amazing to listen to his records.”
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