It’s not every day when the front man of a popular country/rock band is also a Super Bowl World Champion. But for Hunter Smith, it’s just one of the many twists and turns that led him to the stage.
After excelling in football at the University of Notre Dame, Smith was drafted to the Indianapolis Colts. He spent 12 years playing in the NFL.
Smith felt the musical pull very early in his life. His broad musical influences include: Keith Urban, U2, Zac Brown Band, Kenny Rogers, Coldplay, Willie Nelson, Sawyer Brown, and Alabama. Probably not something you’d expect from a kid raised in a non-instrumental, a cappella church. He taught himself how to play the guitar and began writing his own music at a very young age.
In 2012, his dream became reality. The Hunter Smith Band released their first album, “Green.” The band consists of four Indianapolis-based musicians hand-picked by Smith. Band members Justin Langebartels, Alex Reiff, Ethan Ehrstine and Kyle Whiteley all bring their own unique sound to the band.
Don’t expect to put the Hunter Smith Band into one genre, or music “bucket”. Part country, part rock, part pop, part alternative, ALL exceedingly entertaining and original. Expect energy, musicianship, and rootsy storytelling by lead singer, Smith.
Their sophomore album, “Story,” was released in 2015 and has been embraced by independent radio and a rapidly growing loyal fan base. Look Ahead. It’s the theme of this album, and a theme for Smith’s life. “There’s something country there, but there is nobody cooler in the pop sense than Keith Urban,” he said. “That’s kind of where we fall, in that genre. There’s one foot in country. We’re something and country.”
That “something and country” is working very well, stylistically speaking. Check them out at www.HunterSmithBand.com.
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