OFFSTAGE: Hunter Hayes and the Kool-Aid Kids

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I guess this means Hunter Hayes loves entrepreneurs, especially, fan entrepreneurs. When his team found out that a group of little girls ages 8 to 12 were running a lemon-lime and strawberry-kiwi Kool-Aid stand outside their house in Michigan to raise money for tickets to Hayes’ show — 75 cents at a time — they had to reward the kids for their hard work. Hayes’ record label got in touch with the local newspaper, the Monroe News in Monroe, Mich., and said they’d like to give the Kool-Aid girls backstage passes to meet Hayes at the county fair. There’s no word on how much Kool-Aid the girls sold at their stand, but I think it’s safe to say their emotional profit margins were astronomical after that Hayes concert. And Hayes himself remembers being a fan just like these kids. “It’s just so cool to be considered an artist in this world. I’ve been a fan for so long, I still am,” he said in a recent radio interview. “But to be able to get onstage and say I get to do it, too, is pretty cool.”

Alison makes her living loving country music. She's based in Chicago, but she's always leaving her heart in Nashville.