Hunter Plake grew up singing in church
Born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana on November the 14th 1995, married to Bethany Plake. He grew up singing in church, like Elvis Presley and many other artists. During those early years he was influenced by his dad, who was in the Christian rock band, Brother Brother and he’s been leading worship since he was 14 years old.
Hunter married his wife, Bethany, in June 2016. The pair’s home was destroyed in the 2016 Louisiana floods, and were forced to move back in with his parents
Prior to auditioning for The Voice he published a cover of Coldplay’s iconic single “Yellow.”
He and his brother Dakota formed an indie pop outfit known as Plake
“This is so crazy. I feel honored to be able to work with a walking legend like Alicia Keys.“
The Voice was Hunters first time performing outside of his church. In the auditions he chose Alicia Keys as his coach, and when she eliminated him in the Battle Rounds, he was stolen by Gwen Stefani.
“My church that I grew up in is professional, music-wise. I’d say the biggest transition for this is not really the stage and the atmosphere, it’s singing to celebrities,” he said. “At church, Adam Levine wasn’t attending and Gwen Stefani wasn’t hanging out with me backstage.”
Hunter Plake’s rendition of Sia’s “Elastic Heart” brought down the house on The Voice Tuesday 25th of April 2017 — but his biggest breakthrough was finally being comfortable on stage. In rehearsals, coach Gwen Stefani’s main note for Plake was to open up to the audience and let them see his personality — a task he accomplished after Stefani called his performance “unbelievable.” Adam Levine even opined that the show is just “a stepping stone” for him and that he could very well win the whole competition.
“I’d say tonight I had a breakthrough as far as being comfortable in front of [the coaches],” Plake said after the live top 12 playoffs. “In the blind audition, they’re not facing you and you have this image in your head of who they are on TV and on Spotify and iTunes. I’d say the longer I’m here, the more and more I realize they’re just people.”
Though Plake is no stranger to performing in front of large crowds at church, he notes his audience has never included superstars like Stefani and Levine before.
During the show, Stefani also made sure to recognize that Plake is the first person in Voice history to have two songs reach the iTunes Top 30 before the live playoffs — though, he says, it didn’t make him more confident going into eliminations.
“I was definitely surprised to make it into the top 12 to be honest,” he said. “I’m confident in who I am and honestly all I was thinking was, ‘I’m going to go out there, sing this song and I want to be myself.’ If I win this show or I don’t, I just want to be me.”
“Because I can see the analytics on my Instagram, my biggest fan base by far is Istanbul for some reason,” he shared. “I love that city, I’ve never been there before, but the people there dig my music so that’s cool. Maybe I’ll be going over there to do some shows.”
From original article: people.com
“Thank you everybody for the love and support. I’m so excited for the future.”
The breakthrough for Hunter has arrived. His appearance on The Voice has catapulted him to national and international fame. The shy church goer from Baton Rouge has found his path to fame