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Sam Hunt may be one of the most unexpected success stories in contemporary country music. The singer-songwriter got his start writing hits for other artists, including Kenny Chesney’s 2012 hit “Come Over,” Keith Urban’s “Cop Car” and “We Are Tonight” for Billy Currington in 2014. That same year he released an EP titled ‘X2C,’ followed by his full-length debut album, ‘Montevallo.’ The project brings together a wide variety of diverse influences, including country, R&B, pop and rock. Its first single, “Leave the Night On,” was an instant success at country radio, reaching No. 1. Its follow-up, “Take Your Time,” features some genre-bending spoken-word phrasing in the verses, and has defied convention to also hit No. 1 on the U.S Hot Country chart. Hunt’s first headlining tour sold out in 15 markets within minutes of going on sale.

  • Birth Name: Sam Lowry Hunt
  • Top Songs: "Leave the Night On," "Take Your Time," "Cop Car"
  • Did You Know? Hunt played football in high school and college, and majored in philosophy at UAB.
  • Further Reading: Sam Hunt Shares His R&B Influences
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Sam Hunt’s ‘Take Your Time’ Video Is Unexpectedly Dark and Intense

Sam Hunt's "Take Your Time" video is intense. In the clip, the relative newcomer takes a fearless stand against domestic violence, and then becomes the hero.

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Loads of New Videos Enter the Ring in ToC Top 10 Video Countdown Poll

It just got crazy in the Taste of Country Top 10 Video Countdown poll.

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2015 CRS New Faces Show Demonstrates the Changing Tide of Country Music

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Sam Hunt Performs ‘Take Your Time’ on ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ [Watch]

Sam Hunt brought his unique vision to the stage of Jimmy Kimmel Live on Wednesday (Feb. 25), performing his groundbreaking current single, "Take Your Time."

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Sam Hunt, Choreographer Matt Steffanina Partner for New ‘Leave the Night On’ Video [Exclusive Premiere]

A new dance video for Sam Hunt's "Leave the Night On" exemplifies his willingness to push country music's boundaries further than perhaps anyone before him. It could earn him an ACM this spring, or maybe just a sweet performance of the chart-topping song. Hunt and hip-hop choreographer Matt Steffanina teamed up to create the video, available during this exclusive Taste of Country premiere.

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Sam Hunt Booked for Spotify House at SXSW 2015

Sam Hunt is heading to Austin, Texas! The "Take Your Time" singer will take the Spotify House stage during this year's South by Southwest Music Festival.

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Lyrics Uncovered: Sam Hunt, ‘Take Your Time’

Sam Hunt's "Take Your Time" lyrics have helped bring one of country music's freshest young artists to success at country radio.

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Sam Hunt, Thomas Rhett and Cole Swindell to Battle for ACMs New Artist of the Year

It's safe to say Sam Hunt, Thomas Rhett and Cole Swindell are having a happy this Wednesday, as the three men have been named final New Artist of the Year nominees leading up to the 2015 ACM Awards.

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Sam Hunt Earns New Artist of the Year at 2015 ToC Awards

Could voting in the 2015 Taste of Country Awards be indicative of the year to come for Sam Hunt? The singer was named the New Artist of the Year, edging out the 2014 CMA New Artist of the Year.

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