Hunt is the son of Allen and Joan Hunt of Georgia. He played quarterback at Cedartown High School and was nominated for the Wendy's High School Heisman award. He went on to play for two years at Middle Tennessee State University, then transferred to UAB. He sat out for the 2005 season. The next year, he came off the bench and nearly led the Blazers to an upset of Oklahoma with 9-15 passing for 149 yards and a score and 65 rushing yards on 15 carries in the season opener in Norman. He was limited by injury but made five starts and saw action in seven games during the 2006 season. He finished the season with 48 completions in 82 pass attempts for a 58.5 completion percentage, racking up 655 yards and two touchdowns for the 3-9 team. In 2007 Hunt completed 155 of 331 passes (46.8%) for 1,905 yard and 10 touchdowns, but also threw 14 interceptions for the 2-10 Blazers.
Hunt graduated with a major in philosophy in 2007 and was invited to the Kansas City Cheifs' training camp in 2008. He was not signed to a professional team, and instead decided to move to Nashville to pursue a career in music.
Hunt co-wrote Kenny Chesney's 2012 hit "Come Over", for which he received an ASCAP award. He also wrote two singles released in 2014: Keith Urban's "Cop Car" and Billy Currington's "We Are Tonight". Hunt independently released his own performance of "Raised on It" in September 2013.
In January 2014, Hunt announced that he had signed a recording contract with MCA Nashville. On August 12, 2014, he released X2C, a four song EP, intended as a preview of his first studio album. The EP debuted at number 36 on the Billboard 200 and at number 5 on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart, selling 8,000 copies in its first week.
Hunt's first single for MCA was "Leave the Night On", which went to number 1 on Country Airplay in October 2014 and was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for more than one million downloads.
Hunt's first full-length studio album, Montevallo, named for the home town of his then-girlfriend, was released on October 27. It debuted at number 1 on Top Country Albums and number 3 on the Billboard 200. Tickets for the "Lipstick Graffiti" tour went on sale on November 14.
- "Sam Hunt (musician)". (April 30, 2015) Wikipedia - accessed April 30, 2015
- Moss, Merissa R. (October 28, 2014) "Sam Hunt Defends His Country Cred on New Album 'Montevallo'" Rolling Stone
- Sam Hunt website