Country Star of The Month: Sam Hunt
Written by Tony Schultz on June 1, 2020
Sam Hunt came into country music mainstream quickly, but it wasn’t his first choice for becoming a household name. Sam’s first passion was becoming a professional football player. He had a successful high school career and took his talents to the University of Alabama Birmingham. He had moderate success in college football and picked up playing guitar as a hobby during his downtime. Sam wrote a few songs and his friends encouraged him to pursue music by doing some shows at local bars. Sam did graduate from UAB with a degree in business and after a failed tryout with the NFL’s Kansas City Chiefs he decided to chase the dream of becoming a song writer and performer. Sam’s first taste of success came in 2012 when he cowrote Ken Chesney’s “Come Over” In 2014 he got further notice by being a writer on Keith Urban’s “Cop Car” and Billy Currington’s “We Are Tonight”.
Sam found song stardom on his own when he released two hit songs in “Leave The Night On” which was quickly followed by “Take Your Time”. They both went to number one on the charts. Sam has put his own spin on his music where he draws inspiration from Dwight Yokum and Brad Paisley. He feels country music is always evolving. Mr. Hunt took a few years off and came back strong in 2018 with his hit “Body Like Backroad”. He kept the momentum going in 2019 and 2020 with his songs “Kinfolk” and his most recent release “Hard To Forget”. Mr. Hunt may seem a bit unconventional in his musical stylings, but he has proven that his formula is working.