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Grammys star Hunter Hayes performs in Wellington on Saturday

Anyone who saw Hunter Hayes’ powerful rendition of his new song “Invisible” on Sunday’s Grammy Awards telecast should have become an immediate fan, making his upcoming performance in Wellington one of the weekend’s hottest tickets.

The 22-year-old Grammy nominee (best solo country performance for “I Want Crazy”) will play   Saturday night as the closing act for the FTI Consulting Great Charity Challenge, a horse-jumping competition expected to donate more than $1.75 million to 34 charities in Palm Beach County, along with Hayes’ charity, MusiCares.

The concert is part of an evening of family-friendly activities that begin at 6 p.m. at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (13421 South Shore Blvd., Wellington). The event offers dining options, shopping, a petting zoo, magicians, street performers, face painters and a children’s fair with carousel rides. General-admission tickets are $35, with parking $20. For tickets and more information, go to  

Louisiana native Hayes, whose 2012 debut album earned him three Grammy nominations, sold out venues across the United States and Canada during his fall CMT On Tour: Hunter Hayes' Let's Be Crazy tour, and he is currently featured on Forbes' "30 Under 30" list.

 “Invisible,” from Hayes’ upcoming album, carries a potent, heart-on-sleeve message about the evils of bullying. On Sunday’s red carpet, he told a Grammys interviewer it’s a song he never thought he’d be able to release as a single.

 “It’s essentially about my life as a dorky musician… What I’ve been and what I’ll always be. A little bit of an outcast, a little bit of that geek that doesn’t really fit in,” he said. “But I’m proud of that.”

The FTI GCC, founded in 2010 by Mark and Katherine Bellissimo of Equestrian Sport Productions and their daughter, Paige, has distributed more than $4.2 million from the equestrian community to over 90 nonprofits in Palm Beach County during the last four years. 

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