Hunter & the Gators formed in 1991. Led by keyboardist/lead vocalist Hunter Gibson, a professional musician since 1982, this group from Jackson, Mississippi, plays a wide variety of music ranging from the fifties to the present.
Hunter has recorded three CD's as a solo artist. In 1989, he released his debut album, “The Unopened Door.” The title track received radio airplay throughout the South, and the album received national attention for its production. “Fountain of Youth,” Hunter's second release, came out in 1993. Its first single “Kymberly” started receiving airplay on Jackson station B95.5, and within the first week, it was the fifth most requested song, competing with national hits. His third CD “The Home Sessions” came out in 1998. It continues to receive local radio airplay.
The Gators celebrated their 15th anniversary in 2006 by releasing a live DVD and CD. It features a live concert as well as never-before-seen footage of the band's first 15 years.
Hunter has opened for Greg Allman, Starship, Better Than Ezra, Irma Thomas, and the Radiators, and he has performed with such artists as Percy Sledge, Tom Kiefer (from Cinderella), and Fingers Taylor and Mike Utley (from Jimmy Buffett's band).
The Gators can perform from a trio to a 5-piece band, with instrumentation including keyboards, guitar, bass, drums, and saxophone. Their show is made up of Rock, Pop, Alternative, Country, and Blues covers, as well as some original songs. The band's strongest appeal is in its vocal presentation. All members of the band sing lead as well as back-up vocals. In 2011, Hunter & the Gators received a Jackson Music Award for “Pop Group of the Year.”
The Gators' show consists of an elaborate light show with multi-colored spots, strobes, smoke machines, and other effects. Also included in the show (if requested) are several costume changes, including Elvis, Mick Jagger, and an 80's hair band costume. The Gators specialize in dance music and promise a very lively show, getting members of the audience involved and keeping them on their feet.