Van Hunt & All Star Band
Van Hunt made his start in Atlanta, where he gained attention for his work producing and songwriting with artists like Dionne Farris, Rahsaan Patterson, and Cree Summer. After writing “Hopeless”, an original song for the platinum-selling soundtrack Love Jones, Hunt released his self-titled debut in 2004, setting him apart as an original talent with its seamless mix of R&B, soul, funk, pop, and rock, and earning him a Grammy nomination for “Best Urban/Alternative Performance” for his breakthrough hit single Dust.
In 2007, Hunt received a Grammy Award for “Best R&B Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals,” honoring Family Affair, a collaboration with John Legend and Joss Stone found on the 2006 Sly & The Family Stone tribute album, Different Strokes For Different Folks.
Hunt’s 2011 album was What Were You Hoping For? Van Hunt’s 2015 fifth album, The Fun Rises, The Fun Sets., chronicles love, loss, and nostalgia through the sounds of original funk and old soul. Inspired by the music of The Delfonics, Parliament-Funkadelic, Pink Floyd, and Billie Holiday, The Boston Globe says Hunt “achieves the kind of heated, raw sound that has virtually disappeared in too much of today’s overly manicured R&B,” adding that “Hunt, never loses sight of the past as he progressively forges his own way forward.”
In addition to his successful recording career, Hunt has toured with acts like Kanye West, Coldplay, Dave Matthews Band, Afghan Wigs, Mary J. Blige, and The Roots, earning him a reputation as a charismatic and engaging live performer.