Hayes filmed a surprising version of Timberlake’s 2013 hit single, “Mirrors,” for the Hear and Now music series on CountryNow‘s YouTube channel. The 23-year-old and his band stripped down the R&B influenced track down to its core melodies while keeping a sharp focus on the lyrical content. Tackling such a heavily produced pop song and transforming it into an acoustic, bluegrass-influenced track is no easy feat, but Hayes executes it with style and confidence.
“This song stood so strongly as a lyric and melody that it could be re-arranged any way possible and still be so strong as a message,” Hayes told Rolling Stone Country of the Timberlake hit. “I thought it would be cool to transform it into a bluegrass record… of sorts. I love rearranging things into acoustic songs. I’ve spoken a million times on my obsession with bluegrass instrumentation and my dream to explore what we can do with these sounds in a modern soundscape. I love dreaming about what you can do with that beautiful, familiar sound to create something new and radical that still feels like home.”
Watch the video below to see Hunter Hayes’ killer version of “Mirrors.”