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Country Showcase: Hunter Leath

Raised in a musical family, senior Hunter Leath will be sharing his passion of music as one of the four Country Showcase performers.

The music business and marketing double major did not originally plan to audition for the Country Showcase. Because it is his senior year, Leath decided to take a shot.

“I can thank my parents for the idea” said Leath.

From a young age, Leath was influenced by his father’s musical style and taste.

“James Taylor, Billy Joel, Don Henley; whatever my dad listened to, I listened to,” he said.

Growing up in a Christian household and having a father who was the worship leader at church instilled strong Christian roots that continue to shape Leath in his musical journey.

Leath’s true love is songwriting; though he isn’t opposed to the artist route if the opportunity presents itself. As a writer, Leath focused on co-writing and playing writers rounds.

“I have grown to really like co-writing; it strengthens the song in many ways,” Leath said.

Leath’s broad appreciation for different genres and artists inspires him to try “something cool,” he said. Leath isn’t afraid to push the lines of traditional country in his music.

The humble Rossville, Tennessee native is enthusiastic about the support from him family and friends who will be present on Saturday to cheer him on.

“I think there are like seven families coming from my hometown, which is cool,” said Leath.

Overall, he says he is “super excited” for the Country Showcase.

Be sure to check out Hunter Leath on SoundCloud and his newest song ‘San Angelo’ on iTunes and Spotify.

This article was written by Taylor Krantz.

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