To keep our readers, followers, and loyal members informed of the latest buzz-worthy musicians, we are introducing a new weekly Artist Spotlight series, which will give you the low-down on popular touring artists, up-and-coming talents to keep a watchful eye on, and plenty of others in between. The first artist kicking off this series is Sam Hunt, the charming country crooner who has made his mark in the genre in just a few short years.
Hunt, 32, accidentally stumbled into the music business after attending college at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He was a football standout there as quarterback, which ultimately led to an invitation to join an NFL training camp for the Kansas City Chiefs in 2007. As you may have guessed, his football career didn’t take off, but things paid off when he decided to move to Nashville on a whim and make music his focus.
Although Hunt did not immediately gain star power as a singer, he soon made waves as a songwriter after penning hits for Kenny Chesney (“Come Over”), Keith Urban (“Cop Car”) and Billy Currington (“We Are Tonight”), all of which he would later record his own version of. Not too shabby for a guy that taught himself guitar and began dabbling in songwriting just a few years prior.
In 2014, Hunt earned himself a record deal and released debut album Montevallo, which topped the U.S. Country chart. The full-length album introduced Hunt’s specific sound to the genre: a husky yet smooth voice that is appealing on both upbeat country-pop tracks like “House Party” and “Leave the Night On” as well as songs with slight R&B undertones (“Break Up in a Small Town“).
Fast forward to 2017 and Sam Hunt has proven to be anything but a one-hit wonder. He is set to embark on the 15 in a 30 Tour this summer, his second headlining tour, as well as make appearances at notable festivals like the CMA Music Festival, Red White and Boom, and Route 91 Harvest Festival. He has yet to release his sophomore album, but if latest single “Body Like a Back Road” is any indication, his newest music will lead to continued success. The radio-friendly hit topped country charts and earned Hunt a Top 40 hit on the Billboard Hot 100.
Don’t miss out on seeing Sam Hunt this summer on his 15 in a 30 Tour, with notable newcomers Chris Janson and Grammy-winner Maren Morris sharing the stage.