Songwriter with songs featured in American Songwriter Magazine and NoiseTrade's New and Notable. Producer for SoundBetter artist Brandon Chase. Multi-Instrumentalist and session vocalist.
Hello! I'm Hunter Leath and I'm a songwriter/vocalist/instrumentalist and demo producer from Nashville, TN via Memphis. I graduated from Belmont University in Nashville and have been a professional in the Music Industry for 5 years. I offer demo vocals (comped and tuned), session piano and guitar, full demo production and programming.
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4 Reviews - 1 Repeat ClientEndorse Hunter Leath
Hunter has a really good voice and was able to fit into my songs really well. I recommend his services!
As I've come to expect, once again Hunter provided exactly the vocals I was after. He is very dependable - and fast!
Hunter grasped exactly what I wanted for my song really quickly and turned in a top class vocal performance. I wouldn't hesitate to hire him again.
hunter was awesome to work with . i gave him a vocal track , and he did a thoroughly professional job with the song , especially with the arrangement . hunter was very efficient and polite , and also has one of the best country voices here on soundbetter . would definitely use again
Interview with Hunter Leath
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I do mostly vocal work for clients, but also produce full demos when they need them.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I'm a fan of John Mayer (playing and writing), as well as other writers and musicians such as Don Henley and James Taylor. If I could pick an era to have lived through, it would have been the music of the 70s.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I have a home studio setup running Logic Pro X. I use Izotope and Waves plugins, as well as Native Instruments. On most demos, I play Fender and Gretsch guitars. For vocals, I usually use a Blue Baby Bottle, and sometimes and AKG 214.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: As far as production goes, I usually map out the song with a basic drum track. I then build scratch guitars before adding keys and bass. Once those are added, I'll go back and do the final guitar passes and tighten up the drums. The last step is always the vocal and harmonies.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: As a songwriter, I listen to EVERYTHING. Ben Rector, The Eagles, Keith Urban, Brad Paisley, Vince Gill, James Taylor, instrumental jazz...everything. Because of this, I bring a different set of samples to demos, creating something that does not sound like the exact same as other demos coming from Nashville.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I work on mostly country and country-pop, but also do quite a work for Christian and Southern Gospel music.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: It's not about having the best equipment, it's about knowing how to use the equipment you have as best as you can.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Keith Urban. He's constantly pushing the boundaries of what is considered Country music, and is one heck of a guitar player.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: It's definitely rooted in country and classic rock, so there are elements of all of those in my demos.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I moved to Nashville in 2012 to pursue songwriting and a degree in music production. This will be my 6th year as a full time musician, and first full year as a published songwriter.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Taylor 514, my sample library, Macbook, Blue mic, and an Apollo interface.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Don't underestimate the value of quick communication, as well as genuineness/helpfulness. Someone may be an incredible producer, but a jerk to work with.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What vibe are you aiming for before I begin production? Is the goal for pitching, or for self-promotion or release?
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That musicians/creatives are lazy.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Do I provide harmonies as well as comping and tuning? And the answer is always YES.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: The ability and freedom to create something that has never existed before, whether that's a song or a fully produced track.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: If I can't get it as good as you want it, I'll do all I can to help make it right, as well as honestly point you to someone who I believe would be a better fit.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Digital. I'm still working off of that young adult budget...Digital sounds great and is more affordable for demos.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I'm producing several demos for songs I've written with co-writers, as well as a project for a friend.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I produced the track for a Pop (country) song recently that I co-wrote and have only had positive feedback from those who have heard it. I built the track, and helped write the song. As far as creativity goes, it was definitely a good feeling.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Usually, I'm able to hit what a client wants vocally. But, I feel confident in production as well.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Brandon Chase- Great vocalist. Donna and Zane King- some of the most genuine people I've met, and great producers.