EXCLUSIVE: Hunter Hayes Teases Garth Brooks Collaboration: 'We've Got Some Fun Ideas'

by Sophie Schillaci 2:57 PM PDT, April 01, 2015
Playing EXCLUSIVE: Hunter Hayes Teases Garth Brooks Collaboration: 'We've Got Some Fun Ideas'

Hunter Hayes may be headed for another full circle career moment this year!

The 23-year-old singer-songwriter teases a potential collaboration with country legend Garth Brooks, and it could be coming very soon. Sitting down to speak about the upcoming ACM Lifting Lives Benefit Gala, hosted by Brooks and wife Trisha Yearwood, Hayes spilled some new details.

"I know for a fact that we're doing an event that he will be attending, and we've actually already made some plans," Hayes dished. "We've got some fun ideas and I don't want to put him on the spot, but we did talk about some fun stuff so fingers crossed everything goes well."

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Hayes also geeked out -- just a little bit! -- about chatting one-on-one with his idol.

"I've talked to him personally, which was kind of nutty," Hayes said. "I literally called my parents right after and was like, 'You're not gonna believe who I just talked to!'"

Just last year, Hayes gushed to Good Morning America about channeling Brooks during his live shows. "Garth is one of my earliest and thus probably most profound influences," he said.

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Hayes is getting involved once again with Lifting Lives, performing at this year's gala on Friday, April 17, along with Lady Antebellum at the Omni Dallas Hotel. 

"I've been lucky to get to work with the Lifting Lives segment on the show a few times, and you always do wish that that would be more of a thing that week and the gala is, I think, brilliant in a way that makes this part of the show a big part of the show and a big part of the week," he said. "Let's celebrate that portion of what the ACMs does and let's all get together as artists - there's a lot of really cool charitable events and let's keep that going. Let's do more, let's do bigger."

ET's own Nancy O'Dell will also lend a hand at the Lifting Lives "One Night, Two Cities, All Music" gala, which will see Brooks and Yearwood bouncing between Dallas and Forth Worth. O'Dell will co-host the Fort Worth soiree, where Keith Urban and Little Big Town are on tap to perform. 

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