Shortly before his 16th birthday, Hunter Cook was sitting around a campfire singing one night and enjoyed it so much he entered a 4-H Fair talent competition the next day… and he won!
That was in August, 2011. The following April, he won "Titusville Live" at the Pitt Campus in Titusville, PA. Shortly thereafter, he tried out for "Rocket to the Stars" in New Castle PA, where as a finalist he performed in front of over 40,000 people, and over live radio.
He then competed in the "Texaco Country Showdown" in Butler, PA in June and "The Franklin Taste of Talent" in the months of July and August. After more 1st place awards, he headed to Nashville in October, where he won the 2012 ICM (Inspirational Country Music) Talent Show.
Following the ICM win, Hunter began working with Tommy Brandt of Beyond the Music Promotions. Hunter says, “Tommy is a mentor and good friend. He has been working with me on my upcoming CD. I really admire him as a friend, singer, songwriter, and for all he does with his music. I hope to reach people with my music the way he does.”
As of March 2012, Hunter has already co-written songs with Tommy and a number of other songwriters in Nashville. His first CD, slated for release by summer 2013, will feature the work of Becky Hobbs, Corey Barker, Tommy Brandt, James Peterik, and others.
So, for those who are still asking “Just WHO IS HUNTER COOK?” perhaps a little Q&A is in order:
Q. Hunter, tell us a little bit about who you were before music took the spotlight.
Hunter: I am a country boy at heart right down to the bone. I love the outdoors anything from hunting ducks in Lake Erie to Deere and small game hunting. There's nothing like being out and one with the wilderness. I also am a fisherman and love to camp outdoors.
Q: What role has 4-H played in your life to date?
Hunter: I belong to our local 4H Club "The Ruff Riders" and I have my own horse. His name is "Rebel". I also show a pig every year at the fair, which is pretty cool. Oh, and I do a little bull riding at a local rodeo which is a lot of fun!
Q: So you are a real outdoorsman?
Hunter: I like getting down to nature! We live on 50 acres of land with 3 horses in the pasture, a big ole hay field and lots of woods.
Q: So I’m guessing you are a pick-up man?
Hunter: Absolutely, that Dodge Ram/Farmers commercial at the Super Bowl this year did my heart good! I would take a pickup truck over a sports car any day.
Q: So you like to keep it simple, huh?
Hunter: Oh, yeah, I am pretty simple. My favorite foods would be Cheese Doritos, Peanut Butter and Honey Sandwiches and a big ole jar of Sweet Tea!
Q. Want to volunteer a bit more information about yourself?
Hunter: Well, my favorite number is 17, and of course favorite music is COUNTRY MUSIC! My favorite color is Duck Blind Mossy Oak and Brown.
Q: What extracurricular activities are you involved in at school?
Hunter: I am a junior at Rocky Grove Jr./Sr. High School in Franklin Pennsylvania and a student at Venango County Technical School in Oil City, Pennsylvania in the Machine Tool Technology, as well.
I am also a varsity wrestler with the Franklin Knights wrestling squad. I wrestle in the 132 lb. class, and have wrestled since I was in the 2nd grade. I like singing the National Anthem for our wrestling match, then going out to wrestle!
Q: What do you see in your future?
Hunter: I would like to go to college after graduating from high school next year to study music and ministry at Belmont College in Nashville TN. I hope to have a long and exciting career in the music business.
I've had the opportunity this past year to do numerous shows at a surprisingly large number of venues. One highlight was opening for Billy Crash Craddock! It is an awesome feeling to make people smile and dance to your music. I love that feeling!
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