Hunter Hayes is working on new music and wants his fans to hear it as soon as possible. During an interview following a reveal of several new CMA Music Festival stages, Hayes admitted he was binge-writing.

What — or perhaps more interestingly, who? — he’s writing about is still a tight secret. When asked if his next single would come from Storyline or a new album, he mostly dodged the question.

“There is new music coming from the studio,” Hayes tells Taste of Country. “And we are frantically working on it because we want the fans to hear it as soon as possible.”

When asked if his new girlfriend would be the topic of any songs, he wouldn’t comment. Actually, he wouldn’t even confirm he’s written any love songs recently, although Storyline was filled with them, so it seems pretty likely.

“I’ve been writing a lot over the last four months for sure,” Hayes says. “More ratio song-per-week than I’ve had probably since I moved to Nashville.”

Hayes was on hand to talk about the importance of music in schools, a cause proceeds from the CMA Music Festival in Nashville go toward. He remembers mentors that didn’t know they were mentors — these were just men and women he got to sit in and jam with when he was a young boy growing up in Breaux Bridge, La.

“Something like the CMA Foundation, it speaks to me because that’s providing (mentorship),” the young singer reveals. “That’s giving someone like that the tools to mentor like they need to.”

One of the new CMA Fest stages will be at the Hard Rock Cafe on Broadway. That’s not entirely new to fans, but this year the Country Music Association will book those acts, which should result in a higher caliber of artist. Expect 11 stages, including seven free stages, when the annual festival kicks off on June 11 in Music City.

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