12 Fun Facts About ‘American Idol’ Contestant Huntergirl

From the moment American Idol viewers first met Huntergirl, it was clear that she was going to go far in…

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April 19, 2022

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Huntergirl; Photo Courtesy American Idol

From the moment American Idol viewers first met Huntergirl, it was clear that she was going to go far in the competition. From her undeniable country vocals to her charming personality, Huntergirl has everything it takes to become the next American Idol champion. 

The Tennessee native has been a standout contestant throughout the 20th season of the show. After she auditioned with a cover of Rascal Flatts’ “Riot,” Huntergirl was deemed a “new age Miranda Lambert” by Luke Bryan.

Huntergirl was the first contestant of the season to earn the coveted Platinum ticket and has previously covered songs like Fleetwood Mac’s “Dreams,” Ashley McBryde’s “Girl Goin’ Nowhere,” and Rascal Flatts’ “Banjo,” and Miranda Lambert’s “Vice.”

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For her Top 20 performance, Huntergirl impressed the judges and viewers alike with an original track called “Heartbreak Down,” which is featured on her recently released EP, One Day.

The judges praised her songwriting skills and Bryan even told her that he felt like he was listening to “the dadgum country radio” during her performance. 

As Huntergirl continues her American Idol journey, here are 12 fun facts about the standout contestant. 

Huntergirl; Photo by Eric McCandless, American Idol
Huntergirl; Photo by Eric McCandless, American Idol

Made American Idol History 

Huntergirl is the first-ever recipient of Idol’s newly-introduced Platinum ticket, which is a fun twist to the 20th Season of Idol.

She’s Performed On Nashville’s Lower Broadway

In addition to performing Miranda Lambert’s “Bluebird” at Luke Bryan’s 32 Bridge in Downtown Nashville during the first episode of American Idol, Huntergirl has previously played at some of Nashville’s most famous Honkytonks, including Tootsies and Rippy’s. 

Huntergirl Is Not Her Real Name 

Huntergirl is only a stage name. Her real name is actually Hunter Wolkonowski.

She Has A Bachelor’s Degree

She graduated from Middle Tennessee State University in 2020 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and management, with a focus on the recording industry.

Born And Raised In The Volunteer State

The 23-year-old was born and raised in Winchester, Tennessee. After graduating from high school, Huntergirl moved to Music City to pursue her dreams of becoming a country music artist.

Huntergirl; Photo by American Idol, ABC
Huntergirl; Photo by American Idol, ABC

Has Been Performing For More Than Two Decades

Huntergirl has been performing in her grandfather’s Church since she was just three years old and has been writing music since she was nine years old.

She’s No Stranger To The Stage

Before rising to fame on American Idol, Huntergirl has opened for country superstars such as Florida Georgia Line, Alan Jackson, Sara Evans, Charlie Daniels, Old Dominion, Kane Brown, Trace Adkins, and more.

She Has Been Recognized For Her Songwriting Talent

For two consecutive years, in 2016 and 2017, Huntergirl took home the NSAI Songwriters contest award. She has also won “Nash Next.”

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Idol Isn’t The First Competition She’s Competed In

Prior to Idol, Huntergirl competed in the Texaco Country Showdown at the age of fifteen and took home the title in 2014.

Philanthropy Is A Priority 

Huntergirl is passionate about working with veterans and continues to stay involved with organizations such as Freedom Sings USA, Operation Song, Middle Tennessee State University, Charlie and Hazel Daniels Veteran Center, and Soldier’s Child.

According to her website, “she works with these music therapy organizations to help transform veterans stories into songs.”

“The time I spend working with veterans and telling their stories through song is unlike anything I have ever experienced,” she previously shared. “We travel to locations across the United States and write with veterans all across the country with the hope to touch as many lives as possible through the magic of music.”

Huntergirl; Photo Courtesy ABC, American Idol
Huntergirl; Photo Courtesy ABC, American Idol

A True Outdoorswoman 

Some of Huntergirl’s favorite things to do include hiking, cycling, and being by the water.

Has Music Of Her Own

Aside from covering some of her favorite artists’ songs, she also has shared her own original material. Huntergirl recently released her debut EP, One Day, which features the self-penned tune, “Heartbreak Down.”

Fans can follow Huntergirl on Instagram HERE.

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Lauren Jo Black

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Lauren Jo Black

Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for Answers.com and her work being featured on Forbes.com. She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.