Hunter Hayes capped off a big year in 2012 that included the release of his major label debut and his first Top 5 hit by celebrating his 21st birthday on Sept. 9. We're not sure if the Louisiana-born singer partied in style, though -- we hear coffee is his favorite drink.

The next 12 months seem even more promising than Hayes's 20th year of life, as there are many more songs from his self-titled debut that his passionate fans know every word to. The newcomer's razor focus should make him a star to watch for some time to come.