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Daily Inspiration: Meet Hunter Thomas Mounce

Today we’d like to introduce you to Hunter Thomas Mounce.

Hi Hunter, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstories.
My name is Hunter Thomas Mounce. I’m 27 years old. I am from the small town of Pleasant Hill. It’s just outside of Kansas City, MO. Growing up, I never knew I wanted to do music. I tried to learn how to play guitar two or three times, and it never stuck. I can remember a specific get-together I was at on May 6th, 2012. I brought my mom’s guitar to the party even though I didn’t know how to play it.

When Eric Church’s Springsteen came on the radio, I pulled that guitar out and started strumming it openly not playing any real chords but singing that song at the top of my lungs. All of my friends hyped me up and told me that I had to learn how to play. Fast forward about a year, I posted my first cover video on Facebook. Luke Bryan’s “Dirt Road Diaries” was the song I chose.

I received a tremendous amount of support from my friends online and it motivated me to start pursuing music. At some point in 2014, I realized that no one was ever going to take me seriously if I didn’t write my own music. So, I wrote a song in my 600-square-foot apartment called “Can’t Get Enough!” Again, I received a ton of support from my family and friends on a song that I had written!

It was a feeling unlike any other. I knew that I had to keep writing songs and keep getting better at guitar because, at the time, it was the only thing that truly made me happy. In the summer of 2016, I got a call from the Hendersonville Fire Department in Tennessee. I knew I had to take the opportunity. It has been such a blessing to have a full-salary income where I only work 10 days a month, and the rest can be spent on pursuing music.

Since I’ve been in Nashville, I’ve played countless shows all over town, I’ve recorded dozens of songs and I’ve met the most incredible singers, songwriters, and musicians on Earth. I feel truly blessed to be living the life that I do.

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
Nothing about this road has been smooth. Being an independent artist requires more work than I ever imagined.

Since moving to town, I’ve had to learn how to be savvy on social media, a professional songwriter, a performer and entertainer, a recording artist, an amateur videographer, and a video editor, and I’ve had to improve my budgeting skills. After all, it takes a lot of money to make all this happen!

And on top of all those skill sets I’ve had to acquire, I still have to have a social life. I still have to keep my physical and mental health in check. It’s a lot and I still don’t feel like I’ve got it figured out.

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I’m a singer/songwriter, performer, and recording artist. I’m most proud of the small charity I started a couple of years ago.

Working in the fire service for almost seven years, I had an idea one day to start a foundation called “FIRE Boot”. At all of my shows, I put out a fire boot instead of a tip jar. All of the money is collected and then dispersed to families who have their homes destroyed by fires, floods, and other natural disasters.

We’ve given thousands of dollars to families who have lost everything. That has probably been the most rewarding thing I have gotten to do. And it’s because of the kindness of the folks who show up at my concerts.

What do you like best about our city? What do you like least?
Nashville has so many different kinds of people, and in my opinion, it’s almost a microcosm of what America is. It is such a big city, but it has such a small-town feel to it. Any place I go, I always see a familiar face. That makes it feel like home to me.

I hate the potholes in the roads down here. And it’s not like we don’t have the tax money to fix it. The drivers are questionable at best, and the traffic is a bit excessive for my taste. Oh, and $9 for a beer on Broadway is just highway robbery.

You win some, you lose some.

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