A native of Kalamazoo, Michigan, Hurd relocated to Nashville to pursue his dream of breaking into the country music industry. He wound up working behind the scenes, earning a reputation as a songwriter, scoring his first big hit when Blake Shelton took "Lonely Tonight" to number one on Billboard's Country Airplay charts in 2014. His work as a songwriter reaped personal dividends, too: he met Maren Morris when the two collaborated on a Tim McGraw song; they married in 2018.
Hurd used his songwriting success as a platform to launch a performing career. In 2015, he released the Panorama EP, which was enough to earn him some media attention. He landed a record contract with RCA Nashville in 2016 and the label released an eponymous EP in 2017 preceded by the single "We Do Us."
"Love in a Bar" became Hurd's first single to crack Billboard's Country Airplay chart, reaching 50 in 2017. The following year, "To a T" climbed to 42 on Country Airplay and 40 on Billboard's overall Country chart. "Her Name Was Summer" appeared in June 2019. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine