The Hunts: Making the Leap

by Shannon Bowman


Known for their harmony-laced take on alt-folk, the Chesapeake band of seven siblings have been playing music together almost their entire lives. Twin sisters Jessi and Jenni and five brothers Josh, Jonathan, Jordan, Justin, and Jamison, ranging in age from 26 down to 17, learned to sing and play violin as young kids and spent much of their childhood performing in area and region events with their parents. The two musical parents laid a solid foundation in all of their children that would blossom.

After widening their following and playing at theaters, festivals and universities around the country—and teaching themselves to play instruments like mandolin, piano, ukulele, banjo, and drums—The Hunts started experimenting with their own songwriting and began performing without their parents. Each song they write goes through a rigourous vetting and rivision process before it gets The Hunts stamp.