Hanford graduate to be featured on VH1 reality show

Dori O'Neal, Tri-City HeraldJuly 15, 2014 

Noah Hunt will be one of the featured musicians tonight when the Make or Break: Linda Perry Project debuts on VH1 TV.

Hunt, a 2009 Hanford High grad, was chosen for the show after producers saw one of his music videos online. He is one of six music acts picked for the show from thousands that Perry considered.

The reality show based in Los Angeles takes viewers through the process of finding a talented unknown musician who is then coached into something special, he said.

After three weeks, Hunt and the other competitors find out who made the best transformation based on Perry's suggestions, and one of them will be taken under Perry's wing and honed for stardom.

Perry is a music producer, songwriter and rock musician who has helped a number of musicians find their niche in the past 25 years. Some of those she either has written music for or guided to stardom include Pink, Christina Aguilera, Gwen Stefani, James Blunt and Adam Lambert.

Hunt told the Herald in a phone interview Tuesday that the project goes beyond the likes of American Idol and The Voice.

The show's website says each participant will perform in front of a live audience with little time to prepare, work the streets of Hollywood busking for spare change and perform before some of the music industry's toughest celebrity critics.

"This show takes you through the whole process of what musicians go through on a day-to-day basis trying to make it in this business," Hunt said. "American Idol and The Voice are all about finding talent, which is only a faction of what's involved in the music industry. Linda looks into your soul and finds out what you're really made of."

Hunt said he's already learned a great deal from his first session with her.

So far, she thinks he is too guarded with his music, afraid to connect with his deepest emotions, he said.

"And she's right. I am ready to do this and feel confident I will succeed," Hunt said. "I'm already feeling a different kind of energy and passion because of her."

He says the show is being filmed at a large home in Los Angeles that is equipped with state-of-the-art recording equipment.

"Linda works with us in the studio and on the street," he said. "This is truly a unique show because it shows viewers the whole creative process of this business, not just the singing talent."

Hunt, 23, is the son of Ethan and Karen Schwebke of Kennewick. He got his start with the Academy of Children's Theater in the Tri-Cities, then after high school attended the University of Washington before moving to Los Angeles.

He won honors in 2011 for his starring musical role in the Portland musical stage show The Ghosts of Celilo.

Hunt has been making a living with his music in L.A. for a couple of years. He plays twice a week at Universal Studios and has written music for several Indie films that have yet to be released. He also models for Nike and Nintendo.

He is in the process of raising money to release a new album.

Fans can go to the Indiegogo website and donate to help get the album produced. The website is at http://bit.ly/1nu3OS4. Contributors receive a free copy of the album.

And for the next three weeks at 10 p.m. Wednesdays, you can watch Hunt's progress on the Linda Perry Project.

-- Dori O'Neal: 582-1514; doneal@tricityherald.com; Twitter: @dorioneal

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