“Wanted” is the title of a song co-written and recorded by American country music artist Hunter Hayes. Released as the second single from his debut studio album, Hunter Hayes. The song was co-written by Troy Verges.
This romantic ballad is the second single by the American Country music singer Hunter Hayes, from his self-titled debut studio album. Hayes penned the song with Louisiana native Troy Verges, whose other credits include Carrie Underwood’s single “Wasted” and the Oscar nominated song performed by Gwyneth Paltrow in Country Strong, “Coming Home.”
Hayes wrote or co-wrote every track on the album and he played every instrument. Speaking about his complete hands-on approach to the record to The Boot, the young singer-songwriter said: “It allows me to take a little more control over it and reinterpret the songs, tweak it, fix it … We had this great idea of, let’s go into the studio and try it. We did. I was nervous, because working with [producer] Dann Huff, he’s one of my heroes. I’ve done the process but not quite to that extent, and going into the studio with him, he made it easy.”
Just how many instruments does Hayes play on his debut album? “On the record,” he told Billboard magazine, “we counted 30. I learned a lot of stuff on the spot. I don’t consider myself to be a professional on all of them, but it’s that process that I took when I was young, and doing all the demos by myself. It all took on a new meaning when we started this record, and I just kept with it. I’m really glad we did. It allowed a lot of myself to come out on the record.”