There are very few people in the world who attend concerts and come away with a feeling about what to do with the rest of their lives. But that's exactly what happened to Hunter Hayes.
Growing up in Louisiana, Hunter started playing music at a young age and was inspired by attending live concerts. After seeing acts like Garth Brooks, Bryan White and Diamond Rio play live, Hunter knew that he was born to play music. He was also listening to John Mayer, Rascal Flatts, Brad Paisley and Keith Urban. Those artists influenced his songwriting and, in his words, provided the "soundtrack to his life."
His signature sound is rooted in country music mixed with the bluesy influence of growing up in Louisiana. And the instrument that's central to that crafting that sound is his Martin Guitar.
Hunter's choice in acoustic guitars was influenced by a few big names he admires. "My OM-42 was the first guitar I actually saved up, went out and shopped for," he said. "I remember wanting an OM because I saw Eric Clapton and John Mayer playing them."
His collection of Martins continues to grow. He has a 00-Mahogany and a new 00-Custom. "Martin has always been the one brand that seemed to be synonymous with timeless acoustic guitars."
Hunter's Martin has a pick guard that reads, "For the love of music." There couldn't be a better summary of Hunter's career or why you should play a Martin guitar.