He had never been to the 615 area code, but that didn’t stop Hunter Phelps from leaving his home state of Florida, to see what he could make of a music career in Nashville.
Phelps grew up listening to country, such as Tim McGraw and Brooks & Dunn. His father even had a small recording studio. Phelps taught himself to play guitar and started playing with a band in college, taking on small shows at tailgate parties and college bars.
When he arrived to Nashville in 2012 he found a regular gig at Tootsies, one of the better known Broadway bars. After a couple years of songwriting, finding who he was an artist, Phelps caught the eye (or ear) of famed songwriter Ashley Gorley, who signed Phelps to a development deal with Gorley’s Tape Room Music. It’s been full speed ahead ever since.
While you may not hear Phelps voice on the radio — yet, you have heard his songs. He’s written monster songs such as Florida Georgia Line’s “Talk You Out Of It,” Chris Lane’s “I Don’t Know About You,” and Chase Rice’s “Lonely If You Are.”
Hunter released an EP in 2017, which gave him his biggest hit, “Breakup Sex” with over 8 million Spotify streams. 2019 is becoming a big year for Phelps as well; not just with the songs others are singing, but with three separate singles he’s released since April.
“Waves” feels like a true to his roots, beach vibe, coastal living kind of life; a perfect summer song. “Throwin’ Parties” is described as a break up anthem; a big middle finger to his ex. And his latest “You Don’t Want Me” is about jealousy, not being able to let go. In fact the title is misleading, as it ends with “You don’t want me with anybody else.” Phelps was also a collaborator on Hardy’s latest album, My Kinda Livin’. Together Hardy, Phelps and Jon Langston give us the perfect down home, porch listening song.
It’s not hard to see why Hunter Phelps has found success in Music City. He writes songs that are substantial, catchy, and original. Now it’s time to see his career as an artist take off.