Pat Hunt: Grammy Award-Winning
Musician and Songwriter
WORLD5 started with five close friends who were professional musicians. Although life and personal projects put them in different locations around the globe, they kept alive the desires of making music together. Realizing that very long distances separate them physically but not musically, they used the power of the World Wide Web to shorten the physical distance. They recorded their first album Global Experience over three continents together, founding members were Raimund Breitfeld, Steffen Goeres, Don Bruner, Stephan Goessl and Roland Childs. Texans Pat Hunt and Randy Miller, who produced the bands first album, joined the band replacing Don Bruner and Roland Childs in December 2012.
About Pat Hunt
Grammy award-winner Pat Hunt has been in the music business for over 40 years traveling the globe opening for acts such as Al Jareaux, The Pointer Sisters, Patti Labelle, The Temptations, Willie Nelson, Merle Hagard, The Spinners and many more. Pat was a finalist on the original Star Search. Pat has also produced CD’s for the American country icon Mickey Gilley of Urban Cowboy fame, as well as raggae legend John Nash.
He has also co-written songs for Jennifer Holliday “I Never Thought I’d Fall In Love Again” “After She’s Gone” for Mickey Gilley, and with Grammy award-winning producer Randy Miller “Con Todo El Corazon” for the Grammy winning double platinum, international group La Mafia. Pat has played and arranged on five Grammy nominated CD’s one of which won a Grammy. La Mafia’s keyboardist, arranger and producer Mando Lichtenberger calls Hunt a major influence on the Houston music scene. “He has helped create new talent in Houston and he has established himself as one of the premier songwriters from the Houston area.”
(Taken from World5 website…you can find out more about Pat Hunt and World5 by visiting website)
Since this interview was originally published back in July 2013, Pat Hunt is no longer with World5.
TSM: Pat, it’s an honor to have you in TSM, and thank you so much for taking time out of your busy schedule to do an interview for the magazine.
PH: You are welcome. It’s great to be here.
TSM: What inspired you to get into music? And how did you get your start in the biz?
PH: The first time I saw the Beatles on Ed Sullivan, I was totally captivated. The girls were screaming and the music was something I had never heard before. I knew right then what I wanted to do. I got in to my first band at 17 years old. I left home right after graduating from high school to travel with my first band. I moved to Houston and got in the music scene there. I worked at Mickey Gilley’s studio for years producing an album for him. Jennifer Holiday recorded a song I wrote in the early 80’s called “ I Never Thought I’d fall in Love again.” I met my band mate Randy Miller about that time and started writing with him. Our new single “Man Of Action” is a collaboration with him We also wrote a song for Grammy-winning Latin group La Mafia called “Con Todo El Corazon.” We recently reunited for World 5.
TSM: What musical instruments do you play and for how long?
PH: I mainly play keyboards but I play a little bit of guitar and bass as well.
TSM: Tell us a little bit about the album Global Experience.
PH: I was not on that project but my wife sang on it. That is how I got acquainted with World 5. I thought it was an interesting concept, the world band concept. They contacted me in early December to gage my interest in the band.
TSM: I know that Randy and you are the newest members of World5. How did both of you connect with the other members of the band?
PH: Randy produced their first CD. After I was contacted by Rai the drummer, I called Randy and after our discussion decided this would be a great opportunity. It is challenging to record with guys over three continents but it has been a lot of fun.
TSM: In your opinion, what are the key qualities that makes a song successful?
PH: Great lyrics and a great melody line are of the upmost importance. You want to write a melody that sticks in your brain. Those are the ones that sell big.
TSM: You’ve opened for numerous top artists. Reflecting on all your experiences, what is one of your most memorable ones? Do you have a favorite venue you’ve performed at?
PH: In 1987 I co-wrote the radio music for the Houston Astros broadcast and they asked us to sing at the Astrodome. There were 48,000 plus people there. You do not want to mess up the national anthem. That was a bit unnerving. I really enjoyed opening for Al Jarreau, The Pointer Sisters and Patti LaBelle at The Summit.
TSM: Having been in the music industry for over forty years with it constantly changing. What would you say is the biggest challenge an artist faces in the music industry today? And what advice would you give to aspiring artists wanting to make it in the biz?
PH: It is so different than when I began. Back in the 70’s and 80’s work was plentiful for working musicians. Now gigs are far and few between and they don’t pay well either. If you are just starting out, make sure you have something to fall back on. Record deals are increasingly more difficult to get as well.
TSM: If you had the power to do something in the world today, what would it be and why?
PH: Defeat world hunger. There is just no excuse for it. We throw away enough food to feed the planet.
TSM: What is one of your favorite quotes (or lines) that inspires you?
PH: This from Joel Osteen I believe “ The light that shines the farthest shines the brightest at home.”
TSM: Anything else you’d like to share? And where can our readers find out more about you and your work?
PH: You can by our new song “Man Of Action,” as well as our older material at all digital outlets. Our newest Cd will be out in August. You can also visit our website at: https://www.world5music.com/
TSM: Thanks again for doing this interview and wish you continued success.
PH: Thank you for having me.