Sam Hunt Performs ‘Take Your Time’ on ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ [Watch]
The song continues the cutting-edge approach Hunt brought to his debut single, "Leave the Night On," which blended contemporary country with a soulful edge for a sound that is fresh at country radio. "Take Your Time" also contains elements of soul and R&B, featuring Hunt in a blend of spoken-word and melodic lines in the verses that is strikingly original.
It's an approach that could have been a big risk for the singer-songwriter, who has previously written hits for other artists, including Kenny Chesney's "Come Over," Billy Currington's "We Are Tonight" and "Cop Car" for Keith Urban. But country radio has been enormously supportive of his singles, both of which have reached No. 1 on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart.
His performance of "Take Your Time" underscores everything that's different about Hunt, from his wardrobe to his easy ability to shift in and out of speaking and singing.
The song is one of the cornerstone tracks of Hunt's debut album, Montevallo.
“”Take Your Time” was a real puzzle piece [for the album],” co-writer and co-producer Shane McAnally tells Taste of Country. “When that song was written, it was like, ‘Okay, this is a sound. This is what we’re looking for. This is how we take what Sam does naturally and create something that will go up against anything at radio, that doesn’t sound like anyone on the radio. It’s like it’s creating its own lane. It’s not jarring, it’s just really unexpected, and that’s a really hard thing to find. I think a lot of artists struggle with defining their lane, something nobody else could do, and I don’t think any other artist could do this song.”
Sam Hunt Performs "Leave the Night On" for Taste of Country