Matt Hunter (singer)

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Matt Hunter
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Background information
Birth name Matthew Alexander Hunter Correa
Born (1998-02-20) February 20, 1998 (age 19)
Manhattan, NY, USA
Genres Latin pop, R&B
Occupation(s) Singer, voice actor
Instruments Vocals, piano, guitar
Years active 2009–present
Website matthunterworld.com

Matthew Alexander Hunter Correa (born February 20, 1998), better known as Matt Hunter, is a Colombian American singer-songwriter and voice actor.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Hunter was born in Manhattan, New York,[2] and raised in New Jersey.[3] His mother is Colombian,[4] and his father is Italian.[2]

Career[edit]

Music[edit]

Hunter worked in voice acting from ages 9 to 12, at which point he began posting YouTube videos of himself playing the guitar and singing various covers, occasionally in Spanish.[5][6] His videos went viral and he traveled around Latin America building his fan base in a grass roots fashion.[3] Around this time, he was dubbed the "Latino Justin Bieber".[7] Marc Anthony later called Hunter "the future" of music.[5]

At 13, Hunter released his first single, "Mi Amor".[7] He released follow-up singles in English and Spanish, "Right Here, Right Now" and “Mi Senorita”, in 2013,[6] and then his EP Right Here, Right Now.[4][6] For the 2014 FIFA World Cup, he released the songs "Minha Mina Ta Loca" and "Mi Chica Esta Loca" with Pitbull, in both Portuguese and Spanish versions.[8][9] By 2016 he had amassed 200,000 subscribers on his YouTube channel and over 500,000 Twitter followers.[5]

Hunter splits his time between New York, Los Angeles, Miami, and Latin America.

Television[edit]

As a voice actor, Hunter played the lead role of Diego Márquez in two seasons of Go, Diego, Go! and played the same character in Dora the Explorer.[10] He auditioned for the role when he was 10, recording the voice of Diego until he was 12.[7] He also released his weekly comedy webisode series Fuego Fridays.[11]

Performances[edit]

Hunter has performed live in the United States, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Spain, Chile, Brazil, Dominican Republic, Colombia, Argentina, Costa Rica and Ecuador.[6][12] In May 2013, he headlined and sold out Chile's 12,000 seat Movistar Arena.[13]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Hunter was nominated for Favorite Pop Artist at the 2013 Premios Juventud, presented by Univision.[7][14]

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2009–11 Go, Diego, Go! Diego Main role (Seasons 4-5)
2009–11 Dora the Explorer Diego Main role (Seasons 4-5)

Discography[edit]

EPs
Title and details Notes
Right Here, Right Now
  • Credited to: Matt Hunter
  • Type: EP
  • Released: September 13, 2013
  • Record label: Plaza Independencia
No. Title Length
1. "Mi Señorita" 3:42
2. "Mi Amor" 3:20
3. "Te Vi" 3:01
4. "Right Here, Right Now" 3:08
5. "Celular" 3:17
6. "Mi Señorita (karaoke)" 3:46
7. "Mi Amor (karaoke)" 3:18
8. "Te Vi (karaoke)" 3:05
9. "Right Here, Right Now (karaoke)" 3:24
10. "Celular (karaoke)" 3:15
Singles
  • "Mi Señorita" (2012)
  • "Mi Amor" (2012)
  • "Right Here, Right Now" (2013)
  • "Te Vi" (2014)
  • "Mi Chica Está Loca" (2014)
    • "Mi Chica Está Loca" (alternative version featuring Pitbull) (2014)
  • "Mas Que Tu Amigo" (2015)
  • "Te Necesito" (feat Augusto Schuster) (2016)
  • "Amor Real" (2017)
Covers
Featured in
  • "Fiesta" (StereO 4 feat. Matt Hunter) (2014)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sexenio: Matt Hunter y Karol Jesús ganan fama en Twitter (in Spanish)
  2. ^ a b "Matt Hunter, the 'Latino Justin Bieber,' Looks for Mainstream Success in US," Latino Post, August 14, 2013.
  3. ^ a b Jody Rosen, "Inside Marc Anthony's New Latin Entertainment Empire: 'It Was Born Out of F—king Frustration'," Billboard, April 21, 2016.
  4. ^ a b Cristina Arreola, "Matt Hunter Talks New Music, Celeb Crushes & Latin American Tour," Latina, September 18, 2013.
  5. ^ a b c Griselda Flores, "Who's Up-and-Coming Latin Artist Matt Hunter?" Billboard, April 21, 2016.
  6. ^ a b c d "Matt Hunter, 'Latino Justin Bieber,' Talks About Latino Heritage, Music Career and Future Plans," Latino Post, September 20, 2013.
  7. ^ a b c d Jonathan Muñoz (August 13, 2013). "Matt Hunter, the 'Latino Justin Bieber,' Looks For Mainstream Success In U.S". Huffington Post. 
  8. ^ "Matt Hunter recently performed his new single and his World Cup Song, 'Minha Mina Ta Loca'," The Pulse Web, June 20, 2014.
  9. ^ Ruben Perez Jr, "Matt Hunter Releases New Single, 'Mi Chica Esta Loca'," Entertainment Rocks, June 23, 2014.
  10. ^ Terra Live: 10 cosas que no sabías sobre Matt Hunter (in Spanish)
  11. ^ "Matt Hunter's Fuego Friday episode 20 is part 2 of his trip to Columbia". pulseweb. December 2013. 
  12. ^ "Matt Hunter se abre camino con "Mi señorita"". La Opinión. 21 May 2013. Retrieved 7 June 2013. 
  13. ^ "Matt Hunter y su primer concierto en Chile: Sentí cosas que no había sentido". Radio Cooperativa. 22 May 2013. Retrieved 7 June 2013. 
  14. ^ Vanguardia Mexico: Lista de nominados a los Premios Juventud -- Mi artista pop: Dulce María, Jenni Rivera, Jesse & Joy, Matt Hunter, Thalía, Justin Bieber Abundis Garcia (in Spanish)

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