With the rap and R&B influences in his music, Sam Hunt not only finds himself with the opportunity to collaborate with other artists outside his home genre — he’s also proud to say he’s bringing new fans over to the country side.
“I’ve always wanted to reach as many people as possible with my music, not just traditional country music fans necessarily,” he says candidly. “The coolest thing about those fans listening to the music is that, you know, I’ll have people say that I just didn’t listen to country music before I got into your record and now I’m a fan of this artist or that artist and they’ve discovered other artists within the genre that I think they wouldn’t maybe have found without finding something they liked with Montevallo.”
So far, listeners have found plenty to like about Sam’s debut album, since it’s spawned five hit singles so far. The Georgia native enjoys the idea that maybe he’s helping some folks drop their preconceived notions.
“I think country music gets a bad rap sometimes or has a stereotype that is not necessarily fair, for those people who didn’t grow up on it. I’m happy that people are discovering the genre for the first time and that I’m able to reach people who wouldn’t be necessarily considered traditional country music fans.”
Sam’s latest — and alleged final single from Montevallo — “Make You Miss Me,” is currently vying for a place at number one.