Sam Hunt is an American singer, songwriter, and former college football player. Born in Cedartown, Georgia, Hunt played football in his high school and college years and once attempted to pursue a professional sports career before signing with MCA Nashville in 2014.
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1. Sam Lowry Hunt was born December 8, 1984 in Cedartown, Georgia, United States.
2. He is the eldest of three children born to Allen and Joan Hunt, an insurance agent and a teacher respectively.
3. He studied at Cedartown High School where he played football. He was named 2002 Co-Offensive Player of the Year, was selected for the Georgia Sportswriters Association All-State Class AAA first-team as an all-purpose player, and was a Wendy’s High School Heisman nominee.
4. He was a quarterback for two years at Middle Tennessee State University and two years at UAB where he majored in philosophy before graduating with a business degree in economics.
5. He had limited action in six games with Middle Tennessee; at UAB, he started only seven games during the 2006 season due to injuries.
6. After practice every day, he would teach himself how to play acoustic guitar.
7. After graduating from UAB in 2007, his football talents were noticed by the NFL and he was invited to training camp with the Kansas City Chiefs.
8. In 2008, two months after the unsuccessful attempt to impress the football team, to the surprise of his family and friends, he left to pursue a music career, and moved to Nashville along with a friend with only “some food and two mattresses and […] his mom’s minivan”.
9. Hunt co-wrote Kenny Chesney’s 2012 hit, “Come Over”, for which he received an ASCAP award.
10. He also wrote two singles released in 2014: Keith Urban’s “Cop Car” and Billy Currington’s “We Are Tonight”. Hunt independently released the single, “Raised on It” in September 2013 and in October 2013 he released via his website a free 12-song mixtape, titled Between the Pines.
11. Hunt also co-wrote “Love Somebody”, the title track from Reba McEntire’s twenty-seventh studio album of the same name.
12. In January 2014, it was confirmed that he had signed a recording contract with MCA Nashville.
13. On August 12, 2014, he released X2C, a four-song EP, intended as a preview of his debut studio album. The EP debuted at number 36 on the Billboard 200 chart and number 5 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart, selling 8,000 copies in its first week.
14. Hunt’s first single for MCA was “Leave the Night On”, which went to number one on the Country Airplay chart in October 2014 and has since been certified Plantium by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).
15. The music video for the song earned Hunt two CMT Music Awards nominations, winning him Breakthrough Video of the Year, as well as one Billboard Music Award nomination. His debut studio album, Montevallo, was released on October 27, 2014.
16. On the same day, Sam Hunt released Between the Pines: Acoustic Mixtape. The album is made up of acoustic versions of his hit songs including his versions of ones that he wrote for other artists. Universal Music Group Nashville president Cindy Mabe explained the date of the release: “The idea was to release it on the same date that Montevallo was released [in 2014] as a one-year anniversary gift to fans and Sam’s way to offer more music and a thanks for the support.”
17. On November 5, 2014, Montevallo debuted at number one on the Top Country Albums chart and number 3 on the Billboard 200 chart. It opened with 70,000 units sold. The album included his own version of “Cop Car”.
18. The second single from the album, “Take Your Time”, peaked at number 20 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
19. The track spent 11 weeks at number one of Hunt’s 17 in 2015 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart, making him the sixteenth artist in the chart’s 57-year history – and the fifth in the past 50 years – to rule for 10 weeks or more.
20. With Montevallo and “Take Your Time”, Hunt became the first country music artist since Clint Black to have his debut studio album and single to peak atop the year-end charts in the same year.
21. Five days after the release of Montevallo, Hunt announced his first tour, Lipstick Graffiti. Tickets went on sale on November 14, 2014. Within a short time of going on sale, the tour sold out at 15 of the venues.
22. In 2015, he served as an opening act (alongside Hunter Hayes) for Lady Antebellum’s Wheels Up Tour.
23. Hunt was featured on Billboard for the issue of August 29, 2015, where he opened about breaking down country music stereotypes. He served as a background vocalist on Carrie Underwood’s song, “Heartbeat”, which was released in October 2015.
24. To commemorate the one-year anniversary of Hunt’s debut studio album, Montevallo, Between the Pines was re-released in October 27, 2015, peaking at number 31 on the Billboard 200 chart. Hunt won his first American Music Award for New Artist of the Year on November 22, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.
25. For the week of September 10, 2016, Hunt’s fifth single, “Make You Miss Me” from Montevallo, hit number one on the Country Airplay chart, thus making him the first solo male artist to land four number ones on the Country Airplay chart from a debut studio album.
26. In January 2017, it was announced that Hunt became engaged to Hannah Lee Fowler.
27. Fowler, whom Hunt had been dating on-and-off since 2008, was the main inspiration behind his album Montevallo.
28. Her name and their story are also referenced in his song “Drinkin’ Too Much.
29. He has a cat named Dandelion.
30. His grandma told him he needed to listen to Conway Twitty.