Hunter Hayes' new release, called Encore, is in stores today (Tuesday, June 18th). It's a deluxe edition of Hunter's self-titled debut album, and features a handful of new songs, including his latest hit, "I Want Crazy."
Hunter tells us he struggled with the decision to release a re-worked album. ["Well, Encore was a tough decision for me cause it's a very weird concept to go back and remake parts of a record, but I realized how healthy it was and how good it was to get in the studio and not have a sort of plan for a record, like to go in and say, 'What if I could do this over again?' Okay, well we can, and we did. It's an updated version. It's the most up-to-date version of sort of where I'm at writing-wise, where I'm at musically, but, in general, just where the music is, you know, and there's five brand new songs on it and there is three re-records, including a duet with Miss Ashley (Monroe), which I'm really excited about, but, yeah, just an updated version. There's a lot more energy, I think, in the new music, which I think the original record benefitted from that. Like all together it finally feels like a chapter."]