J. Hunter Moore is a writer and a musician. His songs have been recorded by several well-known country music performers including Ricky Skaggs, Don Williams, Kathy Mattea, and Alabama. As a performer and recording artist Hunter has toured in the United States and Europe and appeared in Billboard Magazine’s Americana chart top forty.
Hunter has written several plays which were produced in Nashville. His writing about music has been published online and in print. Hunter initiated a long-running folk music program, “That’s All Folk,” on WRVU-FM, Vanderbilt University’s radio station. He has worked extensively as a teaching artist in Nashville schools and designed curriculum for Nashville students for the Leonard Bernstein Center. Working for a national education reform organization, he led workshops for primary and secondary school teachers across the United States.
Hunter has been a guest lecturer at Berklee College of Music (Boston), the Liverpool Institute for the Performing Arts (Liverpool, UK), and Vanderbilt University (Nashville, TN). He received a bachelor’s (1976) and master’s (2014) degrees from Vanderbilt University, and is an alumnus of Berklee College of Music. He received Berklee’s Distinguished Alumni Award in 1995. Hunter was selected as a Fulbright U.S. Scholar for Trinidad and Tobago and spent four months researching calypso and calypso composers in 2017-18. He resides with his family in a historic Nashville neighborhood.