In less than a year, Hayden Coffman went from being a local opener at Knoxville’s legendary venue Cotton Eyed Joe to a bona fide headliner, selling far more tickets than multiple national country artists did at the same club. How does that happen? For the Knoxville native, it’s been a whirlwind year of sold-out shows and more than a million Spotify spins that culminates in the November 6 release of his debut self-titled album.
For the Smoky Mountains-bred, East Tennessee native, this is just the beginning. The 23-year old singer/songwriter/guitar player has kicked off an undeniable country music career with a series of radio-friendly singles such as “Lights Off” and “Might Be”, attracting the attention of a rapidly growing legion of fans, and Nashville’s music industry.
While attending Cumberland University on a baseball scholarship, Coffman started singing cover songs with his friends and quickly discovered his passion for singing and performing. He soon began pursuing music full-time, playing regular shows with his band and writing his first original songs just two years ago. Since then, he’s developed an extraordinary ear for an infectious hit melody and catchy lyric, attracting a Nashville-based co-writing team that is setting the bar high for the Knoxville native.
He has already opened shows for numerous artists, including Aaron Tippin, Tracy Byrd, Confederate Railroad, Darryl Worley, Seth Ennis, and Jon Wolfe. He has built a substantial fan base on the road, touring upwards of 100 dates a year. He sums it all up in the crowd favorite “Tennessee”, when he brings the chorus home, singing “she’s where I need to be, take me back to Tennessee”. With true Tennessee in his blood and his voice, he’s a master of both a down- home country pop hook and the growl of a rock and roll guitar.