Colts’ Punter Hunter Smith Signs Recording Deal



Balancing dual roles as a professional football player and musician, Indianapolis Colts’ punter Hunter Smith has many things to be excited about as his team won the coveted Super Bowl XLI title on Sunday, and his group, Connersvine, recently signed to INO Records. Connersvine is the acoustic duo made up of Hunter Smith and Chris Wilson, who both lead worship at the Every Nation Church in Indianapolis.
“Winning the Super Bowl has been one of the highlights of my life and career. It is completely humbling that God has allowed me to not only be a part of an amazing football team, but also is giving me the chance to pursue His calling in music.” shares Hunter Smith. “I feel just as strong of a call to worship leading and ministering through music as I do in football.”
In the summer of 2001, the two began their friendship by leading worship together for a young adult ministry on the south side of Indianapolis. As they began to feel God calling them into music professionally, they focused on their song writing and worship style. Connersvine has an acoustic-driven rock sound that communicates through worshipful melodies and passionate vocals. They feel that their purpose is not only to write songs as artists, but to also pen songs that can be used by the Church for corporate worship. Making the most of the off-season and wasting no time to record their INO Records’ label debut, Connersvine will be entering the studio on Wednesday with award-winning producer Pete Kipley (MercyMe, Rebecca St. James, The Afters).
“If someone would have asked me a few years ago to sit down and write out my musical path, it would not have included a professional football player,” explains Chris Wilson. “We met leading worship at our church and God opened the door to Connersvine. We may not be the most traditional duo, but INO Records, Third Coast Artist Agency and BrickHouse Entertainment have helped us to see the unique opportunity in our situation.”
Born and raised in Sherman, Texas, Hunter Smith has had a passion for leading worship as well as a talent in football. Smith graduated from Notre Dame and went on to be drafted in the NFL by the Indianapolis Colts as their punter in addition to the holder for kicker Adam Vinatieri. Smith has just finished his eighth season with the Colts, providing him with a great platform to share his faith with others. He resides in Indianapolis with wife Jennifer and their 23-month-old son Josiah.
Raised with a great appreciation for music, Chris Wilson began playing guitar at the age of ten and was helping on the worship team at his local church by the time he was in middle school. Through his passion for both God and musical expression, Wilson has continued to develop his skills as a musician, songwriter, artist and worship leader. He also resides in Indianapolis with his wife Jenna.
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