For some, reading a headline like that will lead them to assume Sam Hunt is unhappy, unfulfilled and disgruntled. Others will shrug. Others will realize it comes from a deep contentment and realization that he has everything he’s ever wanted.
Hunt’s rise to stardom was fast. Mostly. Hunt’s debut album, Montevallo, has gone Triple Platinum. The album features four No. 1 singles and five Platinum and Multi-Platinum hits. Hunt was nominated for the all-genre Best New Artist at the GRAMMYs and just about every other award known to man. In addition to his own hits, he’s written No. 1 songs for Keith Urban, Kenny Chesney, Billy Currington and William Michael Morgan.
This winter, he released “Body Like A Back Road.” It is currently in its 25th week at No. 1 on Billboard‘s Hot Country Songs chart. Hunt is currently out on his own headlining tour and he wants fans to know– if they heard an album was on the way– that didn’t come from him.
Hunt told Billboard in April that he would put new music out as it’s relevant, “I try to make music that’s relevant to my life and relatable to the culture I live in. Putting out music as it’s made, versus holding it until an album’s finished, allows me to be more timely and maintain balance.”
Recently, when asked by The Boot about new music, Hunt shut it all down, “No, I don’t [have a timeline], to be honest.”
That’s likely– Hunt is touring, he just got married and his current single has been sitting at No. 1 for months.
But, then, Hunt really got down to the nitty-gritty and fans may not like what he had to say, “I don’t want to come off as … I’m not excited about making music or I’m not very hopeful to have new music for the fans who are anxiously awaiting new music, but, you know, I’m in a place in my career and in my life where I’m not willing to give music 100 percent of me anymore. I did that for four years, and it was fruitful as far as my career goes, but everything else in my life had to be put on hold, and I’m just not willing to do that for years and years at a time.”
For his record label’s part, Cindy Mabe (UMG Nashville president) has said, “We do have timetables, but I don’t want to announce that yet; if he tells me, ‘I’m not ready for that date,’ then we’ll move it back. I know he’s more than midway through, and everything is starting to take shape. But I need to also give him the time and energy to be able to promote this… Do you know how hard it is to make that second record after you’ve come off of so much heat? The thing about Sam that you’ll never have to worry about is that he has such quality control of his own that he doesn’t need my meddling. I need to make sure that he’s got the time to be rejuvenated and ready to set this thing up.”
Clear as mud, right?