Exclusive: Hunter Hayes Cares!
Mon, 09 Feb 2015 07:47:55
Country singer Hunter Hayes, who is as adorbs as he is talented, promoted a contest for Whirlpool that celebrated caregivers!
Alex Bell, a 19-year-old New Jersey native submitted an emotional tribute to her late grandmother Veronica, who was diagnosed with dementia in 2010. "You Are My Sunshine" was Veronica's favorite song and despite her advanced dementia — which left her unable to recognize her loved ones at times — the sound of her granddaughter singing the song triggered her memory. Bell won the Everyday Cares contest that showed love for those who are caregivers.
We talked to Hunter about the concept and what's up in his wonderful life.
What is the most creative way you can say "Thank you?" A song, right?
Honestly, not because this is what we're doing, but seriously, music. That is, to me, one of the best ways that I know of to say 'Thank you.' I do that all the time, in certain little ways, you know. Whether it's gifting somebody a song, sending somebody the email, buying them a song, stuff like that. You know, we get to dedicate songs and share them with certain people and causes for certain things so those are always really special moments. And/or writing somebody a song.
What made you want to partner with Whirlpool for this initiative?
Well, I mean, I just love everything about this. It's like we were just saying. How would you say thank you? Well with music and not just because that's what we're talking about but I really, I love this thing. I got to watch a couple videos on whirlpool.com, the whole thing. Got to watch several of the entries and just being moved by the stories and the compassion behind the song. Because that's what makes a song is the feeling behind it, right? So, all these stories and all these people wanting to share their stories and send a song out to somebody, it's just special and it's really cool and it is the everyday little moments, the things that matter that we don't necessarily sometimes even talk about, you know sometimes don't even realize or appreciate quite as much as maybe we should but you know, it's those moments that changes our lives, for me. You know, for me, my mom and dad, our home was such a safe and happy place. Everybody was always positive and every night, you know, my mom would cook dinner and we'd have dinner together as a family. There was no excuses – you weren’t going anywhere during that time. We had dinner, we talked about life and we dreamed together. And that's the kind of stuff that I'm talking about – it's like, I didn't know that that wasn’t a thing, you know. It's just something that was always done, so it's those things that really matter and I like calling attention to that.
Which caregiver made the most impact on you while growing up and how?
Well, I just think both of my parents in their own way. My mom is one of the most patient people I know, the most driven people I know and strong people I know and she just did so much daily chores, you know, no questions asked, no credit needed kind of thing. And my dad as well, you know, worked two and three jobs a day at some points in my life and you know, that's just what he did. He was like, 'I'm gonna support my family' and that's how we did it. My mom taught and worked another job after teaching, a couple years, so it's that kinda thing. It's that unquestionable love and dedication.
What can we expect from Hunter Hayes in 2015?
Lots of touring, maybe some new stuff but I'm not gonna go there yet. But, yeah, lots of touring. We wanna be on the road and we wanna put together a new show, because that's what we write music and make records for, you know, to get out on the road and see the fans.
Visit Whirlpool Cares to learn more about Alex Bell and Whirlpool Cares!
What do you love about your fave caregivers?
Storyline is the most recent album from Hunter Hayes.