HunterGirl Drops ‘Bad Boy’ Ahead of Debut EP ‘Tennessee Girl’

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American Idol 2022 runner-up HunterGirl drops ‘Bad Boy’ ahead of releasing debut EP ‘Tennessee Girl’

Named to CMT’s 2024 Next Women of Country, American Idol 2022 runner-up HunterGirl shares another side to her artistry, by releasing the anthem “Bad Boy” which is featured on her upcoming label-debut EP, Tennessee Girl, coming June 7.

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“Tennessee Girl shows the different sides of my personality. I separate songs into two categories in my head, Blue Jean and Leather Jacket songs. Blue Jean songs are the ones I write in my bedroom opening my diary to the world. Leather Jacket songs are where I want to feel tougher and have fun. Most people have only seen the Blue Jean side of my personality, but with this 6-song EP, I have the chance to show the full picture of me as an artist,” HunterGirl shared in a press statement.

Written by the 19 Recordings/BBR Music Group/BMG Nashville artist with producer Lindsay Rimes and Greg Bates, “Bad Boy” marks a different side to HunterGirl’s sonic and lyrical catalog. Embracing all her influences simultaneously from Dolly Parton and Reba McEntire to Kelly Clarkson and P!NK, Hunter is talented at writing lyrics that are true to her, while delivering tracks that are both country and punk-pop-country leaning.

HunterGirl Tennessee Girl cover art

Tennessee Girl Track listing:

  1. “Bad Decisions” (Tristyn Hunter Wolkonowski, Lindsay Rimes, Joybeth Taylor)
  2. “Clockworks” (Tristyn Hunter Wolkonowski, Lindsay Rimes, Joybeth Taylor)
  3. “Weather in Tennessee” (Tristyn Hunter Wolkonowski, Warren Garrett, Joybeth Taylor, Gabe Foust)
  4. “Ain’t About You” (Tristyn Hunter Wolkonowski)
  5. “Bad Boy” (Tristyn Hunter Wolkonowski, Lindsay Rimes, Greg Bates)
  6. “Pretty Much” (Tristyn Hunter Wolkonowski, David Fanning, Josh Kear, Andy Sheridan)

Produced by Lindsay Rimes

Hunter appeared on the 59th Academy of Country Music Awards Red Carpet earlier this month as Country Now’s guest host. Dedicated to giving back, HunterGirl will took part in the Opry’s Salute to the Troops show on May 21. Using her platform to tell the story of a selfless Veteran, she performed the anthem that was co-written with the Veteran’s wife as a part of the Gold Star Family Project with Operation Song.

What’s next for HunterGirl

Up next, she will be joining Luke Bryan on the road, as well as returning to Nashville’s CMA Fest on June 7, including the CMA Close Up Stage for “Idol Hour with Chayce Beckham, HunterGirl, Colin Stough and ‘American Idol’ Season 22 Runner Ups Jack Blocker and Will Moseley.” Find additional details here. Additionally, she will make her debut at Faster Horses Festival on July 21.

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HunterGirl has been performing since she was three years old and writing songs since she was nine. In her teens, she honed her craft by performing at venues across the United States and working with veteran non-profits such as Operation Song, Freedom Sings and A Soldier’s Child, using music therapy to help numerous vets transform their stories into songs.

After high school, she moved to Nashville and immediately started playing gigs at Lower Broadway’s most famous venues including Tootsie’s, Rippy’s, Jason Aldean’s Bar, The Listening Room, and HonkyTonk Central, winning songwriting contests such as “Nash Next” and the prestigious “Nashville Songwriter Association International” in her spare time. She competed and placed second on American Idol in 2022.

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