‘American Idol’ Alum Alex Miller Inks Record Deal, Announces New Single, ‘Don’t Let The Barn Door Hit Ya’

Fan-favorite American Idol contestant Alex Miller just shared an exciting career update.  The Kentucky native revealed via Facebook that he…


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September 20, 2021

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Fan-favorite American Idol contestant Alex Miller just shared an exciting career update. 

The Kentucky native revealed via Facebook that he has signed his very first record deal with Music City-based label, Billy Jam Records. 

His first single with the label will be “Don’t Let The Barn Door Hit Ya,” produced by Jerry Salley. 

Miller said he was “thrilled” to share the news and told fans to “stay tuned” for information about the single’s official release date. 

The upcoming album will feature 10 tracks, including the previously released, “I’m Over You So Get Over Me.” 


Miller won over the hearts of millions on the latest season of American Idol. His love for traditional country music had viewers drawing comparisons to the likes of legendary country artists such as Hank Williams and Johnny Cash. 

Miller explained that his love for classic country came from his grandfather. 

“I’ll give credit where credit is due, and I’ll give it to my granddad,” Miller previously shared during appearance on Connect with Country Now, airing on CTRL_MUSIC_, exclusively on Twitch. “He is a walking encyclopedia. He knows all that old stuff and loves that old style of music. That is just what I grew up with and it’s what I know, and he introduced me to it.”


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The 18-year-old is often compared to his musical heroes and it’s something he doesn’t take lightly. 

“I love all of the old guys and I love all of the new ones too. Getting compared to those is an incredible thing to be said about you and it’s really humbling,” he said. “I look up to all the old guys, though, and of course Luke Bryan and all the new guys too. I love the old stuff, and I love the new stuff.”

Miller has been spending quite a bit of time on the road this summer, sharing the stage with the likes of Hank Williams Jr. and Josh Turner. 

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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.