I have two very talented, adult children. When you are a parent of talented kids, you learn very early in life that you are no longer “you”… you somehow take on the identity of being “Stephen’s Mother”, and “Stephanie’s Mom”. And, it doesn’t really matter what their area of expertise is. People know them for who they are, and for what they do. As a result of their talent, you become “somebody’s Mom”. And, that’s okay. You are pleased with all they have accomplished, and it’s a title that doesn’t bother you at all. This isn’t something that just happens to Mom’s either. If your name happens to be Stephen Hunley, and you are Con Hunley’s nephew, I don’t think Con would mind taking on the title of “Stephen Hunley’s uncle” either.
Even if your Uncle Con signed with Warner Bros and Capitol back in the early 1980s, and even if you grew up exposed to the music industry with Uncles Tim and Kenny, and Aunt Ruthie playing theater gigs in Pigeon Forge, Tenn.; and, even if your dad plays piano and sings as well … you still have to have talent of your own to put out good country music. And, that is just what Stephen Hunley is doing. He’s been able to create his own inspired style of country music.
There is a quote in his bio on his website that I want to share with all of you: “What fuels me as a songwriter and artist is the power to connect with every song. An individual’s interpretation and connection to a lyric or melody is important to me. We’re not all wired the same; it’s a beautiful thing that I can write a song about a subject from my perspective, and the listener can relate to it in a completely different way. It’s like the “alternate meaning” has always been a part of my creative subconscious; it just lays dormant until the very moment the song hits the listener’s ear and then the music, or the message, becomes whatever it needs to be in that moment”. While Stephen probably didn’t mean for that to be ‘advice to the songwriter,’ I believe everyone who has the ability or desire to write music needs to pay attention to what he said.
We’ve got his video for “Oklahoma”. Let us know what you think of this kid, and his music.
In addition to his web site, visit his Facebook page, and be sure to “Like” it while you are there. In addition to the video we have here, there are other videos you can watch on YouTube. I really liked “Elizabeth” (not the one The Statler Brothers did years ago, a new one, with a very catchy melody and some great lyrics. The video is fun to watch, too. Follow him on Twitter @stephenhunley. If you aren’t already following Country’s Chatter on Twitter, we’d love to have you. You will find us @countryschatter. Follow us on Periscope, too. You never know when we might show up with a short piece of a concert of artist interview to share with all of oyu.
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