When you listen to Connie Hutto’s music, you immediately recognize a raw talent that just needs to be heard. The simple clarity of her voice, and the depth of her lyrics combine to create songs that are powerful and personal. If you ask her, Connie will say “Music is just something I have to do. It’s like nothing else in the world is right if music is not a part of my life.”
Her parents tell her that they always knew music was going to be important to her, because before she could speak, she would try to sing to music they played, and though she couldn’t form the words, she was already able to follow the melodies. She sang her first solo at six years old, and there was hardly a time when she wasn’t involved in music somewhere, whether that was at church or at school.
She’s had her doubts about pursuing a music career, but says “Something or someone always reminds me how much I love it. When I was about to graduate high school, I couldn’t decide what I was going to pursue. I didn’t like anything except music, but I was leaning away from that. I think it was partially because I thought it wasn’t the ‘grown-up’ thing to do, and partially because I was scared I would fail. Then one day I got a letter from a man who went to my church. (Thanks, Mr. Vick)! He was kind of a grandfather figure to me. He told me that he thought God had given me a special gift, and that he believed if I decided to pursue music, there was nothing I couldn’t accomplish. That was the first turning point in setting my mind to do this.”
It’s now ten years later, and things have continued to happen to spur Connie on, both challenging and inspiring her along the way. She moved to Nashville four years ago, and, in that time, Connie has spent lots of time writing songs and kind of sitting back to learn. “I’m a spectator,” she states. “I learn by observing, but then it’s hard for me to switch into proactive gear. That’s where I am now…realizing that it’s time to dive in head-first.”
She fronted a Christian band called ‘Sara’s Rock’ for about a year and considers it an irreplaceable learning experience. “I learned a lot about working with other musicians, and even about myself and what I want.” Connie believes that honesty is one of the most important things when it comes to music and life. Her passion comes from being able to sing about God, life, love, disappointment, and hope in a way that people can relate. She accomplishes this beautifully with her captivating melodies and introspective lyrics. Her music will inevitably tug at something inside you.