American Idol’s HunterGirl Releases Inspiring Ballad “Ain’t About You”

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American Idol alum HunterGirl releases the deeply personal “Ain’t About You”

“I’m writing this because I want to share a really personal song with y’all I call this song my 45 minute conversation with Jesus,” American Idol 2022 runner-up HunterGirl wrote on social media last month. “This song kept me in Nashville two years ago, and little did I know a few weeks later everything would change,” she shared. “This song is about not giving up on you dream, whatever that may be. I think we’re all here to do something special. In the caption she wrote, “kinda nervous but here we go (I wrote this one by myself) let me know if you wanna hear it.”

She began teasing the new song, titled “Ain’t About You,” a few days later. “It’s scary putting your whole heart out there. let me know if you guys like it and wanna hear more. Thank you guys for all the love and encouragement yesterday. this one is called ‘ain’t about you’.”

Produced by Lindsay Rimes (Kane Brown, Kelsea Ballerini) the powerful song is available everywhere to stream and download. Listen to it below.

American Idol winners Chayce Beckham and Noah Thompson encouraged HunterGirl to release “Ain’t About You”

“If there’s anybody out there right now thinking about giving up on a dream or something they love, I hope they listen to this song and think twice about it,” says HunterGirl. “We’re all here to do something special.”

The singer, who grew up winning singing and songwriting competitions and cutting her teeth performing on Lower Broadway, came home from back-to-back writing sessions one day with an ache she just couldn’t shake. Seeing the success of her friends – signing record and publishing deals – she couldn’t help but wonder if she was on the right path, still chasing her musical dream in Nashville, when she hadn’t made much leeway.

Entirely self-written just two weeks before she auditioned for American Idol, she kept the song a secret, until she finally sang it for American Idol winners Chayce Beckham and Noah Thompson at a BBQ cookout where they were passing around a guitar. It wasn’t until she heard their shocked response and encouragement that she finally decided it was time to share it:

The lyrics go: “What if there’s a heart who needs some hope / And finds it in the words that you almost never wrote / So before you say you’re not good enough / That all your dreams are wishing dust / You call it quits, walk away, and say you’re through / What if it ain’t about you.”

After she wrote “Ain’t About You,” the country singer won 2nd place on American Idol, signed a record deal with 19 Recordings/BBR Music Group/Wheelhouse Records and co-headlined a tour.

To see HunterGirl on tour, check out here schedule HERE.

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