Today we’d like to introduce you to Hunter Flanagan.
Hunter, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
Well, I’ve always loved to sing. From the age of 16 months old, I knew all the songs and dances to the wizard of Oz. I sang just for fun but in 2011 my brother Josh was riding his fourwheeler down the road and got in a wreck. He was in a coma for 29 days, had 17 injuries to his brain, was given a less than 1% chance of survival and had to have part of his frontal lobe removed but he survived. He walks, talks, dates, drives, and even finished college, you wouldn’t even be able to tell anything was different about him. All through his rehabilitation, I would sing to him at night to help him sleep. And that’s where my singing definitely started to get serious. Now the acting started a little later. I had been singing for a while. I had a show at six flags I was preparing for. I went to an acting coach to help me with choreography for my show, and on a whim, she decided to put me in for an audition for a short film and I got the role. And I’ve loved acting ever since. So I definitely have Kelly Young Sylva from Words in Motion to thank for that!
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Well with singing or acting you definitely can not expect a smooth road. With singing, I practice constantly. Learning new instruments is always a challenge; working through my voice change was another hard one. But probably the biggest challenge I have is balancing the two, managing auditions and set days and singing gigs is definitely a challenge for me.
Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Hunter Flanagan – what should we know?
Well, I do a little of everything. I’m not just another country singer. I sing a lot of old school country, rock, pop, and even Irish music. I play a few different instruments (guitar, banjo, ukulele, harmonica, harp, mandolin, concertina, drum set, tin whistle) recently won four awards from creative loafing (best live music act, best vocalist, best country act, and best overall act) I am also the current Georgia country music teen artist of the year. I’ve sung my entire life and just love what I do with acting. I’m very lucky because I’m 18 and I look 12 Which definitely helps me. And also the singing comes in handy on set. My stage presence and ability to improvise on stage has helped me immensely in acting.
Any shoutouts? Who else deserves credit in this story – who has played a meaningful role?
I am lucky to have a large team helping me. From my booking agents Dan Seals from GA-country Angela Ashworth, and John Warren, and my grandparents and my parents and my aunt and uncle Brett and Paula Strickland who all work to book me singing shows all over Georgia. My agency BMG who handles my acting bookings. Also, Kelly from Words in Motion who trained me to act and also helped me learn to be more comfortable on stage. I’m thankful for the recording studio Afterdark Studios and Donny Hammonds for helping bring my ideas to life. Notes for notes ATL have helped me a lot. Jen Hodges gave me my first experience in a recording studio and taught me a lot about the inner workings of the business. And all the older musicians who have taught me so much and have taken me under their wing. Charlie Hudgins Freddy Shelby, Gregg Erwin, Barry Beeler, Eric Clanton and everyone else from Gustons Grille and Sixes tavern, Micheal Clements from the DILLIGAF country band, Milltown music hall who gave me my first opening act, Craig Patterson who cast me in a short film and somehow became part of the family and is very important to my team I’ve been very blessed with a large group of people who want nothing but the best for me.
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