His musical career began at age four when he appeared on the Nickelodeon show Figure It Out to perform with Hank Williams Jr. He appeared on the show America's Most Talented Kid at the age of thirteen.
In 2011, he released his first non-independent album, Hunter Hayes, which reached #4 on the US Country charts. He competed on The Masked Singer in 2020.
He is the only child of Leo and Lynette Hayes.