When setting out to create a music video for a song about a night you don’t actually remember, you’ll need a lot of creativity and imagination to fill in the blanks. Multi-platinum-selling country superstar Hunter Hayes was faced with this scenario when it came time to create the video for his unfiltered new song “One Shot” (watch below) – and what better way to let imagination run wild than through animation.
In an exclusive quote for Billboard, Hayes explained: “I really wanted the video to portray the humor in looking back at some of my most embarrassing moments and highlighting the fact that it’s really okay to not take yourself so seriously. So many hidden Easter eggs in every frame of this have their own long story, so I’m proud of taking my shame and turning into something hopefully everybody can get a kick out of.”
Billboard calls the “feel-good-about-feeling-bad” song an “instant party anthem,” praising the track for being “highly relatable…with the uplifting, hopeful tone that’s a signature of his music.” Simply put: “It’s so, so real” (Just Jared Jr.).
In addition, Hayes just released the second episode of his “To Tell The Truth”-style drinking game, #NoFilter, featuring Lindsay Ell (WATCH HERE). Each episode will highlight a different special guest who takes turns with Hayes presenting statements that the other must determine as true or false. A wrong guess results in the guesser having to take – you guessed it – “One Shot.”
Earlier this month, the Atlantic Records / Warner Music Nashville recording artist also released his unflinchingly honest and introspective song, “Dear God,” which he wrote alongside pop hit-maker Andy Grammer and accomplished songwriter Dave Spencer. Clocking in at over 1 million streams a week, “Dear God” has already accumulated over 6.5 million on-demand streams in the U.S. alone and 9.6 million globally. Dubbed an “anthem for the anxious” by Rolling Stone, the lyrics tackle a universally relatable experience: struggling with self-doubt. The multi-instrumentalist also shared a piano-only version of “Dear God” taped at the Ryman Auditorium (WATCH HERE). The one-take video strips the pop country instrumentation of the viral hit, which has already drawn more than eight million streams on Spotify alone, to a pulled back reverence worthy of the mother church of country music.