Sam Hunt: Debut Spotlight

Sam Hunt: Debut Spotlight

Hailing from rural Cedartown, Georgia, Sam Hunt grew up with a passion for playing football. At Cedartown High School in 2002, he won recognition from the Rome News-Tribune as co-Offensive Player of the Year, was selected by the Georgia Sportswriters Association as a first-team All-State Class AAA all-purpose player and was a Wendy’s High School Heisman nominee. He enrolled at the Middle Tennessee State University and then transferred to the University of Alabama at Birmingham, where he majored in philosophy and finished the 2006 season with a 58.5 percent completion record, including several touchdowns as the Blazers’ quarterback.

Sam Hunt performs at the Bud Light Stage at Bridgestone Arena Plaza on Thursday, June 5 during the 2014 CMA Music Festival in downtown Nashville.

Sam Hunt performs at the Bud Light Stage at Bridgestone Arena Plaza on Thursday, June 5 during the 2014 CMA Music Festival in downtown Nashville. Photo: Laci Kent / CMA

In 2009, he moved to Nashville and began making a name for himself as a songwriter. His catalog includes Kenny Chesney’s “Come Over,” Billy Currington’s “We Are Tonight” and Keith Urban’s “Cop Car.” He self-released his own album in Sept. 2013, signed to MCA Nashville in Jan. 2014, released his debut single “Leave the Night On” in August and issued his first major-label album, Montevallo, on Oct. 27.

Other highlights include his first appearance on the Grand Ole Opry in August and his first major concert trek, CMT On Tour, kicking off Sept. 25 in New York City, with Kip Moore and Charlie Worsham sharing the bill on their 21-market swing.

What album tops your playlist?

Ed Sheeran’s x.

What do you sing in the shower?

“Here’s a Quarter (Call Someone Who Cares),” by Travis Tritt.

What’s your pet peeve?

Socks with flip flops.

What song do you wish you had written?

“The House That Built Me,” written by Tom Douglas and Allen Shamblin.

What type of transportation do you prefer?

Boat.

What moment in your life would you relive if you could?

Opening day of dove season with my grandfather.

Do you have a lucky charm?

Nah.

If you wrote an autobiography, what would the title be?

Between the Pines.

What do you hope people will say about you when they look back on your life?

That I was honest and good.

What would you put in your personal time capsule, for future artists and audiences?

The Book of First Peter.

If you weren’t a musical artist, what would you be?

Hunting guide.

What’s your favorite food while on the road?

Peanut butter.

What was your first gig?

Pelham’s outside stage in Jacksonville, Alabama – it was a blast!

Website: SamHunt.com

Twitter: @SamHuntMusic

Photographer credit: Chase Lauer

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By CMA