Sam Hunt Biography
Sam Hunt Grammy Nominee topped Billboard Hot Country Song Charts for “Body Like a Back Road” from debut studio MCA Nashville. His song topped the chart for 26 weeks dated June to Aug 2017.
Hunt is the first country music artist in 22 years to peak all the three top country music charts. Sam Hunt debuted no.36 of US Billboard 200 chart and no. 5 Billboard Top Country Albums and Country Airplay Charts in 2014. Sam Hunt Grammy nominee of 2016 is among artist who sold out tickets for fifteen location in short span in his first tour.
Birth, Growth and Inspiration
Resident of Cedartown, Georgia, United States, Hunt, was born in December 8, 1984. Hunt is the eldest of the three siblings born to Allen and Joan Hunt. His mother is a teacher and father is an insurance agent.
Grammy nominee Sam is a student of Cedartown High School became remarkable Rugby Player. He became Wendy’s High School Heisman nominee and Co-Offensive Player of the Year in 2002.
Then, in Middle Tennessee State University and University of Alabama he was quarterback for two years. Sam is a Philosophy major and with Business Degree in Economics from the University of Alabama. In process of trying to become a professional footballer, he taught himself guitar after practice. Sam admits not to have any talent in music at that time.
After, buying a guitar and encouragements from his friends by listening songs he wrote, he booked shows at bars. He later not-drafted for Rugby he pursued singing as a career.
Accounts of Singing and Stardom
Before signing contract for MCA Nashville he co-wrote 2012 hits of Kenny Chesney “Come Over” and received ASCAP award. In 2014, the same year he signed for MCA Nashville, he wrote singles Keith Urban’s “Cop Car” and “We are Tonight” of Billy Currington.
As a preview of debut studio, Sam Hunt Grammy nominee released electronic print of the album X2C. Four song album of Grammy nominee debuted 36 in US Billboard 200 Charts. The album came number five on the Billboard Top Country Albums Charts selling 8000 copies in a week.
His first song for Nashville was “Leave the Night On” a singles which went to one on the Country Airplay Charts. The song is certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). Sam earned two CMT Music Awards nomination for the song music video as the Breakthrough Video of the Year. He got Billboard Music Award nomination for the song.
In October 27, 2014, Sam Hunt Grammy nominee released debut studio album Montevallo. In a short span the album became a hit. It debuted at number one on the Top Country Albums Charts and US Billboard 200. The units sold were 70,000 at the opening week. It contained another unique version of “Cop Car” from the album “Take Your Time”.
The song peaked 20 in Top Country Album Charts and third on the US Billboard Hot 100. The track remained 11 weeks on number one of 17 weeks it stayed on Billboard Hot Country Songs Charts. This made him the seventh artist in the chart’s 57-year history and 5th in the past 50 years- to reign for 10 weeks or more. Sam became the first country musician to have his debut studio album and single peak a top the year-end charts after Clint Black. Montevallo and “Take Your Time” made it possible to him.
His first tour Lipstick Graffiti was announced after five of release of his debut studio album. The ticked went on sale becoming sold out at 15 of the venues within a short span.
Sam Hunt was featured on Billboard for the issue of August 29, 2015. He opened himself up and spoke about breaking stereotypical country music in it.
He released Between the Pines: Acoustic Mixtape the same date as Montevallo in 2015. The album was envelope of the acoustic hits versions of the songs he wrote for other artists. Moreover, the album was a gift to the fans on anniversary. One of Sam hunt Grammy nominee way of offering more to the music.
The fifth singles of Sam Hunt Grammy nominee from the first album Montevallo “Make You Miss Me” hit number one on the Country Airplay Charts in Sept. 10, 2016. This made Sam first solo male artist to land four number ones from a debut studio album on the Country Airplay Charts.
The lead single from his second studio album, “Body Like a Back Road” was released on February 1, 2017. The song topped Billboard Hot Country Songs Charts for 26 weeks. The song sold 1.4 million digital copies making it the third most downloaded song of any genre.
“His voice sounds coherent during the studio sessions and live vocals sounds, unfamiliar” Elias Leight writes for Billboard. Leight also points out “live performances are without crowding beats and guitars to compete.”
Entertainment Tonight writes, “Hunt’s music contains elements of country, R&B and pop. Dwight Yoakam.” It also points out, “his songs contain a little bit of, with the infusion of soul and southern R&B, with the things like appearances in the albums of Ray Charles.” And “Lyrical style influenced by Brad Paisley.”
Sam Hunt Grammy nominee says, “I do not figure out any genre in mind while writing a song rather, follow instincts.” in Taste of Country.
He gets references, from real life women for the lyrics to their appeal.
In January of 2017, Sam Hunt Grammy nominee announced his engagement to Hannah Lee Fowler. They were dating since 2008. Montevallo according to him was inspired by her. The song “Drinkin’ Too Much” refers to her name and the story of the two. They got married in April 15, 2017 in Cedartown, Georgia, the hometown of Sam Lowry Hunt.
Tours and Supporting Tours
Five days after anniversary gift of Between the Pines: Acoustic Mixtape Hunt announced Lipstick Graffiti Tour in 2015. Sam Hunt Grammy nominee toured with Michael Ray. He again toured 15 in a 30 with Maren Morris, Chris Janson, and Ryan Follese in 2017.
He went to supporting tours like Wheels Up, Farm, Country to Country and Spread the love Tours during, 2015-2016.
Awards and Nominations
He won American Country Countdown Awards 2016 “Breakthrough Male of the Year” and, “Digital Album of the Year” for Montevallo.
Sam also held following awards
Music Biz Awards 2016
American Music Awards 2015 “New Artist of the Year”
ASCAP Country Music Awards 2015 “Songwriter-artist of the Year”
CMT Music Awards 2015 “Breakthrough Video of the Year”
Taste of Country Music Awards 2015
Sam Hunt Grammy nominee of 2016 Best New Artist and Best Country Album for Montevallo.
His other nominations are:
Academy of Country Music Awards 2015 and 2016 “New Artist of the Year” and “Album of the Year” for Montevallo and “Single Record of the Year” for Take Your Time.
American Country Countdown Awards 2016, “Artist of the Year” “Male Vocalist of the Year”.The same award nomination “Album of the Year” for Montevallo.
American Music Awards, 2015 “Favorite Male Artist - Country.” The same award nomination in Favorite Album – Country for Montevallo, 2015.
Billboard Music Awards 2015 and 2016 “Top Country Song” “Top Country Artist” “Top Country Album” and “Top Country Song”
Country Music Association Awards, 2015 “Single of the Year” “Song of the Year” “New Artist of the Year”
CMT Music Awards, 2015 “Video of the Year”
People’s Choice Awards, 2017 “Favorite Male Country Artist”
Teen Choice Awards 2015 and 2016 “Choice Country Song” and “Choice Country Artist”