American Idol Winner Announces Long Awaited Singles, Music Video and Virtual Tour
The wait for new music for fans of reigning American Idol winner Laine Hardy is over. The Louisiana native will drop two new singles, “Let There Be Country” and “The Ground I Grew Up On” on Friday, April 10 via Hollywood Records.
The singer will also release a music video shot before the coronavirus lockdown and social distancing measures hit his hometown. Laine will also be performing in a series of virtual tour stops until he can play his songs live on tour.
Since leaving the show in May 2019, Laine has been working on new music. “I arrived in Nashville on June 14, 2019. I stayed there for about two, three months writing every single day of the week. I’d get up at nine in the morning. I’d go to write songs at 11. And we would write a song until it was finished,” he told Billboard. “I like being in Nashville, but I need to go home every now and then and rebuild my mental creativity. It really helps. I came back to Nashville and wrote an amazing song.”
Laine told The Boot last year that he recorded new songs with Michael Knox. The in-demand country music producer is known for discovering Jason Aldean and producing all nine of his studio albums. Additionally, Knox has worked with American Idol judge Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Montgomery Gentry and Thomas Rhett.
“After I got off the show, all of the sudden I was in Nashville in June and I wrote some songs until late July,” Laine said.
“[My partnership with Knox] was just being tossed around and stuff at first, and it was a really great, cool opportunity to chase,” Laine said. “I don’t know how to describe how that happened. I guess I just got lucky.”
Ground I Grew Up On vTour
Laine’s virtual tour begins April 10th with Raising Caine’s. He’s scheduled to perform for Live with Kelly & Ryan on APril 15. And, interestingly, American Idol on Sunday April 19. Most of the tour dates are affiliated with various country and entertainment websites.
Raising Cain’s – April 10
Wrangler Live Network – April 13
CMT – April 14
Live with Kelly & Ryan – April 15
American Idol – April 19
Romeo Ent. Group – April 20
The Boot – April 22
USO – April 24
Radio Disney Country – April 26
Country Rebel – April 27
Taste of Country – April 29
Country Now – May 4
The Tennessean – May 6
Sounds Like Nashville – May 11
One Country – May 18
Hollywire – May 20