Hard working, wholesome and big-hearted—Gunnar's wide-Texas grin says it all. But don't let his aw-shucks demeanor fool you: behind those pearly whites is a mountain of talent, ambition and charm. This young man didn’t come to Nashville to just run the soundboard at The Bluebird Café, nor did he leave his friends back in Austin to spend three years knocking on doors without success.
After writing a hit song for superstar Luke Wheeler, Gunnar makes a name for himself in the country music industry. But he continues to nurture his other projects, including his band, ZAG, which is beginning to generate buzz in its own right.
Raised by his artist parents in Cornwall, a small beach town outside of London, Sam Palladio stayed nearby to pursue his career as a performer, studying theatre and music at Rose Bruford Drama College where he later graduated.
After graduating, Palladio found himself showcasing his talents in the original cast for the musical “Dreamboats & Petticoats,” touring the UK before bringing it into London’s West End.
His television credits include his role as Stoke in Season Two of the Showtime hit “Episodes,” starring Matt LeBlanc. Additionally he’s had appearances on the UK small screen on shows “Doctors” and “The Hour.”
Palladio earned critical attention when he appeared in the 2012 television pilot “Nashville.” His performance alongside Clare Bowen in the soulful rendition of “If I Didn’t Know Better” immediately captivated audiences and ignited his music career. He performs on both of Season 1’s soundtracks, which at press time, had sold over 2 million tracks.
Most recently Palladio completed filming “Runner, Runner,” opposite Justin Timberlake, Ben Affleck and Gemma Arterton.
Sam can be followed on Twitter @SamPalladio