Independent Superstar Luanne Hunt Wins CD of the Year Award
For the second year in a row, Apple Valley, California resident/recording artist Luanne Hunt has earned honors from the National Traditional Country Music Association’s (NTCMA) Rural Roots Music Commission.
In early June, the Commission announced that Hunt would be receiving its Classic Country CD of the Year Award 2017 for her double album, “Songs from the Valley/The Heart of It All.” She is set to accept the award at a ceremony in LeMars, Iowa in late August at NTCMA’s annual music festival.
“As an independent artist, it is rare to be recognized at all, let alone by an organization as prestigious as NTCMA,” said Hunt, who also earned a CD of the Year Award in 2016 from NTCMA. “I am beyond honored by this award and count it among one of my greatest achievements.”
According to Bob Everhart, president of NTCMA, Hunt’s project was a standout among the many that were submitted to the Commission for award consideration.
“Luanne is one of those beautiful blondes that has a magnificent voice to go along with her obviously strong desire to be a terrific recording artist,” said Everhart. “And that she is.
“‘Songs from the Valley/The Heart of It All” is truly lovely to listen to and is recorded with some fine musicians, who all stand out proficiently.”
Several of the tracks on Hunt’s award-winning project have reached No. 1 on UK country music charts, including “Texas Tears,” “Bluer Than the Bluegrass” and “So It Goes.”
“Texas Tears” also has been hailed by critics as one of the best country songs to come along in years. “The most important aspect of Luanne Hunt’s music is her authenticity,” said Brett David Stewart of the Independent Spotlight Music Blog. “‘Texas Tears’ feels like country music straight out of the heart of America; something sorely lacking in the popular modern avenues of the genre. “It’s a modern ‘That’s How I Got To Memphis.’ From the lovely harmonies to the excellent production, everything accentuates Hunt’s presence as an interpreter perfectly.”
Hunt, an Independent Superstars Country Music Hall of Fame inductee, has been working hard at making quality music for over two decades. Her efforts paid off big time in 2007 when her CD, “Breaking Through,” produced two hit singles on U.S. and European Charts. The enchanting “Solace in The Wind” reached No. 1 on the European Country Music Association’s chart (Belgium) in July, 2010.
Additionally, the song landed on the 2009 Grammy ballot in two categories: Best Country Song and Best Female Country Performance.
Hunt’s chart-topping holiday single, “Christmas Without You,” was named by Sweden’s largest daily newspaper, Dagens Nyheter, one of the top 25 Christmas songs of all-time.