For pop country duo SixForty1, their journey to find their sound and place in Nashville music scene can be best compared to a winding road - much like their name. “My cousin came up with the name, after US-641. It cuts through Murray, where Austin and I met,” says member Brooks Hoffman. “It’s a road that brings a lot of people together, which is what we try to do with our music,” adds fellow member Austin Gee. Their early success proves the duo has done just that. With latest single “Plane Crazy” at nearly 600k streams, a recent booking deal with Creative Artist Agency (CAA), and hundreds of hometown fans behind them, there’s little doubt the boys of SixForty1 have found their footing and are quickly paving their way to a place amongst the genre’s top artists.
A Louisville, Kentucky native, Brooks caught the music bug early on. Inspired by his uncle, who was a part of Chicago-based Freddy Jones Band, he began guitar and drum lessons at the age of 9. “My guitar teacher was the earliest, biggest influence - he was the one that got me started songwriting.” Challenged by this guitar teacher to write and perform a song for his grandfather’s annual 4th of July party, Brooks wrote “Texas” - and played the tune to the over 400 in attendance. “It was a terrible song… But I fell in love with writing.” In high school, he really began to take writing seriously. “I would write and record what I’d written in my parents basement. None of it was country, though…” It wasn’t until he met Austin at Murray State that Hoffman’s started dabbling in the genre.
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