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In a small studio apartment in Costa Mesa California, Ethan Hulse's cat is refusing to leave the closet. The living room looks like a little forest of stacked boxes. All the furniture is gone. The refrigerator is open. In some cases cats adopt humans - as was the case with this cat, and this cat hadn't reckoned on moving to Nashville.

After three years of performing and writing in Southern California Hulse had established himself as an artist to watch, earning airplay on KROQ Los Angeles - dubbing the freshman release Hardest Man to Love "...full of poignant gems" and "an impressive first release." Nominations for numerous OC Music Awards followed shortly with mainstay appearances at iconic clubs like Anaheim's House of Blues, the Wayfarer and the Constellation Room, drawing packed houses with his band. Meanwhile his songs were earning sync licenses in television shows around the world.

In some ways the move to Nashville was an expression that Hulse was only in the beginning states of his career. Within a couple of months in America's music capital, Hulse proved that he was capable of playing on the big stage as well, but this time as a songwriter, co-writing with the top writers at Capitol CMG and Essential Music Publishing landing his first cut on a major record soon after. Less than a year later Hulse joined the Essential Music Publishing family and has continuously proven himself as a songwriter. It is apparent that Hulse's California days were only a groundwork of what was, and is yet to come in Tennessee.