Artists to Watch #7
Born and bred in the roots of Tennessee, singer/songwriter HunterGirl has graced the world of music with her soul-stirring vocals and profound songwriting skills since she could first hold a microphone. By age three, she lyrically danced into the hearts of her local community, and merely six years later, she intricately wove her experiences into songs.
HunterGirl’s teen years marked an era of burgeoning success, as she toured across the US, her voice echoing through the grand tapestry of American venues. The highlight of this rising trajectory was unmistakably her triumph at the 2014 Texaco Country Showdown—a testament to her artistry and stage charisma.
Upon the heels of her high school graduation, HunterGirl made the pivotal move to Nashville, a city renowned for its musical heritage. The vibrancy and buzz of iconic venues like Tootsie’s, Rippy’s, and HonkyTonk Central were now her regular backdrops, as she belted out tunes that resonated with both the youthful and the nostalgic. All the while, she competed fervently in songwriting contests, clinching titles such as “Nash Next” and being honored by the “Nashville Songwriter Association International”—achievements adding sparkle to her growing résumé.
Woven into her musical journey is a profound respect for the military, inspired by her family members who served. HunterGirl dedicated her time and talent to various veteran organizations, engaging in music therapy sessions. Through these endeavors, she transformed veteran war stories into emotive musical pieces, an act both healing and heroic.
Her undeniable talent drew the attention of Country music’s crème de la crème, enabling her to share stages with luminaries like Old Dominion, Florida Georgia Line, and Sara Evans. HunterGirl’s authenticity and powerful delivery on American Idol captivated viewers nationwide, earning her praises akin to Country music royalty and remarks like Luke Bryan’s “new age Miranda Lambert.”
Although the American Idol crown eluded her, HunterGirl soared with her original song, “Red Bird,” a melodic narrative that resonated with listeners, propelling it to the zenith of iTunes charts. Her post-Idol appearances, like on Live with Kelly & Ryan and Good Morning America, further cemented her status as a burgeoning star.
The 19 Records/BBR Music Group/Wheelhouse Records artist’s recent contribution to the Country music landscape includes her profound debut tracks: “Hometown Out Of Me,” “Lonely Outta You,” and the evocative radio single “Ain’t About You.” Each showcases her distinctive voice, loaded with sincerity and resilience, qualities that herald her ascent in the music industry. Recognized as a future luminary, HunterGirl was listed in CMT’s Next Women of Country Class of 2024, further solidifying her standing as an artist to watch.
HunterGirl’s journey is more than an artist’s pursuit of fame; it’s a heart-led mission to echo the stories of life through the universal language of music, with each note she sings and every chord she strums opening a portal into the soul of Country.
Label: 19 Records/BBR Music Group/Wheelhouse Records
Hometown: Winchester, Tennessee
Current City: Nashville, Tennessee
Hot Release (s): “Red Bird”; “Ain’t About You”; “One Day Tonight”
Musical Influences: Dolly Parton, Reba McEntire, Julia Michaels
If You Like: Miranda Lambert, Noah Thompson, Ashley Cooke
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