Who's Up-and-Coming Latin Artist Matt Hunter?

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Matt Hunter on October 14, 2013 in Los Angeles.

Marc Anthony may be placing a big bet on 18-year old singer Matt Hunter, whom he refers to as "the future" of music and is considering signing to his label, Magnus Records. "I'm just a massive Matt Hunter fan," says Anthony in his new Billboard cover story. "He's a YouTube sensation, and he has done it all on his own since he was 13 years old."

Who exactly is this "next big thing" being supported and cheered on by one of the most influential and powerful Latin artists? He's a singer-songwriter of Colombian origin raised in New Jersey who started off as the voice behind Diego in Dora the Explorer and Go, Diego, Go!. 

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At age 13, Hunter pursued a singing career by posting videos on YouTube which helped him build a steady and growing fan base he called #Hunters. After recording singles in English and Spanish like "Mi Amor," "Right Here, Right Now" and "Mi Señorita," the young talent now boasts of more than 500,000 followers on Twitter, 300,000 on Instagram and over 200,000 subscribers on his YouTube channel

"When he goes to Chile, there are 5,000 fans at the airport. There are huge crowds outside his hotel in Argentina. He can pick up the guitar and play his ass off," Anthony tells Billboard. "He's a writer. Imagine an urban sound, in Spanish, played by this young, beautiful kid who's so talented and just lives music. I mean, the girls go bonkers." 

"Amor Real," a ballad with melancholic lyrics accompanied by urban and funky beats, is Hunter's upcoming new song. "I believe that this is the sound ... This is the future right here," says Anthony. 

Below, listen to a preview of "Amor Real:" 

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