Hailing from rural Cedartown, Georgia, Sam Hunt is quickly establishing a name for himself and becoming one of Nashville’s most talked about young talents.
Hunt has been writing songs and playing music since his days as quarterback at the University of Alabama Birmingham. Following graduation, Hunt made the move to Music City to pursue songwriting full-time.
Shortly after settling into the Nashville scene, Hunt was signed to a publishing deal and started working with some of the top writers in the business. Hunt began to develop his craft and quickly gained recognition as a gifted singer-songwriter.
Since moving to Nashville, Hunt has garnered cuts with some of country music’s biggest stars including Kenny Chesney’s No. 1 smash “Come Over,” Billy Currington’s latest “We Are Tonight,” and Keith Urban’s “Cop Car.”
Hunt’s own eclectic style owes its roots to country music with influences in pop, folk and R&B music. Sam has been winning audiences over throughout the southeast in recent years with his soulful sound, and is now on tour with David Nail with upcoming dates joining Little Big Town later this summer.
Between tour dates, Hunt is continuing to write and record songs for his upcoming debut album due out this year.
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Sam Hunt is thrilled to hit the road with Luke Bryan for the stadium dates on his What Makes You Country Tour, launching May 31st in Toronto. The pair have played some dates together, including Luke’s annual Crash My Playa event earlier this year. However, Sam isn’t the only member of his family who has a connection to Luke.
“I discovered Luke’s music several years ago when I was in college. I came home one weekend and walked in the house, and everybody was gathered around the TV,” recalls Sam. “My mom said, ‘Hey, come over here, come over here! Your brother’s in a country music video.’ And it was an artist named Luke Bryan. He had a song called ‘All My Friends Say,’ and they recorded this video at my brother’s fraternity house. We were all wound up and excited, because we got to see 2.5 seconds of the back of my brother’s head in this Luke Bryan video,” Sam continues. “So, needless to say myself and all the folks back home are excited about this tour.”
In the meantime, Sam has been in the studio working on new music and putting together The Nashional Music Festival, which will take place April 20th-21st in, you guessed it, Nashville.
Sam Hunt (brother in Luke video) OC: …having us out. :39
“I discovered Luke’s music several years ago when I was in college,” Sam explains. “I came home one weekend and walked in the house, and everybody was gathered around the TV. My mom said, ‘Hey, come over here. Come over here! Your brother’s in a country music video.’ And it was an artist named Luke Bryan. He had a song called ‘All My Friends Say,” and they recorded this video at my brother’s fraternity house. We were all wound up and excited, because we got to see 2.5 seconds of the back of my brother’s head in this Luke Bryan video. So, needless to say, myself and all the folks back home are excited about this tour. So, Luke, man, thanks for having us out.”
Chris Stapleton is holding steady at No. 1 on the Billboard country album chart with From A Room: Volume 2. The collection was released in December and is followed by From A Room: Volume 1 at No. 2, while the Kentucky native’s album Traveller is sticking around at No. 5 on the chart.
Sam Hunt will headline the Firestone Legends Day concert May 26th at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the 102nd Indianapolis 500. Canaan Smith and Filmore will serve as opening acts for the concert.
Lady Antebellum’s Hillary Scott invited bandmate Charles Kelley and his family (including wife Cassie and son Ward) to meet her twin daughters, Betsy and Emory. She posted a photo of Charles holding both girls on her Instagram account [see below].
Meeting their uncle @charleskelley aunt @cassiemkelley and Ward today sure was special! Dave, Kelli and Lillie came by 10 days ago and of course this tired Mama didn’t get a decent picture(we will get a redo soon @davehaywoodla @kellicashhay with Cash!!!)…but Emory and Betsy sure love their @ladyantebellum family!! #babybellum
Multi-platinum-selling artist Sam Hunt announced that he will be curating his first-ever music festival The Nashional this spring at the Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park in Nashville, TN on Friday, April 20 and Saturday, April 21. Hunt will be headlining the musically diverse line-up that includes Nashville genre-bending band Judah & The Lion, R&B rapper Fetty Wap, American country music duo Brothers Osborne, west coast rapper Kyle, indie-pop artist Quinn XCII, LA’s indie-rock band LANY, American country music band LANCO, electronica singer/songwriter/producer Chelsea Cutler, Nashville-based rapper Ernest K. and contemporary country duo Muscadine Bloodline, making it one of the most eclectic music events this spring. Tickets go on sale on Friday, February 9 at 10 AM CT at www.ticketmaster.com.
The Nashional is a unique two-day event that highlights the inclusive, diverse, and genre-blurring landscape of music today. Nashville’s Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park will be home to this inaugural event and will feature an experiential environment for fans to enjoy. Hunt, whose own eclectic style owes its roots to country music with influences in pop, folk and R&B, was inspired to create this festival while out on his “15 In a 30” national tour this past summer.
“The sense of community in Nashville helps give it the character and personality that makes me proud to be a part of it,” says Hunt. “I wanted to create an experience at The Nashional that celebrates music, community, and everything they mean to each other and this city.”
Hunt not only made history with his critically-acclaimed, Grammy-nominated debut album, Montevallo but has also delivered this summer’s smash hit “Body Like A Back Road” which landed on the Billboard “Hot 100” as his highest debuting single. It also premiered at No. 1 on iTunes charts. Since, the single has smashed records, becoming the fastest country song to ever reach 100 million and 200 million streams. It has become an RIAA-certified triple platinum track, and has broken a record six decades in the making, spending 35 consecutive weeks atop the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. The single also climbed pop and adult airplay charts, making it a cross-over hit. Hunt consequently earned two Grammy nominations for “Body Like A Back Road” in both the “Best Country Song” and “Best Country Solo Performance” categories.
Hunt’s debut album on MCA Nashville, Montevallo, is the best-selling debut album from a country artist since 2011. Since the album’s release, Hunt has accumulated over 2.53 billion streams and has earned an additional 10.5 million in RIAA single certifications. In 2016, Hunt earned his first-ever Grammy® nomination for “Best New Artist” and “Best Country Album.” He also celebrated his first American Music Award earning the all-genre “New Artist of the Year” title and was nominated for four Billboard Music Awards. Sam is currently nominated for “Favorite Male Artist – Country” and “Favorite Song – Country” for the 2017 American Music Awards.
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