Nashville, TN, September 1, 2015 – Universal Music Publishing Group Nashville has extended its exclusive, worldwide representation of hit country singer-songwriter Sam Hunt. The announcement was made today by Kent Earls, Executive Vice President/General Manager, UMPG Nashville.

Through the deal with Hunt and publishing partner Chris Hunter, UMPG Nashville will continue to represent Hunt’s entire catalogue, including all songs on his acclaimed debut studio album, Montevallo (MCA Nashville), which has reached No.1 on Billboard Top Country Albums chart and sold over 700,000 copies in the U.S. The album has garnered several hits including the current No.1 singles, “House Party” (#1 Billboard Hot Country Songs, #1 Billboard Country Digital Songs, #1 Billboard Country Airplay and #1 Country Aircheck), and “Take Your Time” (#1 Billboard Country Streaming Songs, #1 Billboard Country Airplay, #1 Billboard Hot Country Songs for 11 weeks and #1 Country Aircheck).

Hunt also topped charts in November with his first No.1 single, “Leave the Night On,” which made him the first artist in 22 years to reach the top of three country charts simultaneously since Billy Ray Cyrus.  “Take Your Time” and “Leave the Night On” have already been RIAA certified platinum with over 1 million units sold.

“Sam Hunt is a game changer for the country format and is defining a new direction of country music.  His influence reaches beyond the expected and his ability to engage a fresh fan base is exciting for country music.  We are beyond excited and proud to continue our relationship with Sam and Chris Hunter,” said Earls.

“Excited to be working with UMPG. These guys have always been good to me,” said Hunt.

Hunt has distinguished himself with a refreshing take on country music thanks to his uncommon ability to take inspiration from other genres and successfully integrate them into his songwriting. His first major break came in 2012 when he co-wrote the No.1 hit “Come Over,” which was recorded by Kenny Chesney and sold over a million copies.  He quickly repeated his chart-topping success the following year by co-writing “We Are Tonight,” recorded by Billy Currington.