‘American Idol’ Alum Laci Kaye Booth Stuns with Self-Titled Debut Project
Rising country star and American Idol alum Laci Kaye Booth is reintroducing herself to fans with the release of her…
Laci Kaye Booth; Photo by Robby Klein
Rising country star and American Idol alum Laci Kaye Booth is reintroducing herself to fans with the release of her much-anticipated self-titled debut.
Out now, the project features eight tracks, each of which were co-written by the Texas native alongside an impressive list of co-writers, including Nathan Chapman, Laura Veltz, Sam Ellis and Paul DiGiovanni. The collection was produced by Dann Huff and brings Booth’s unique brand of country music to life.
“My whole life, I prayed, and I wished for this to happen. I prayed for it every night, and every time I’d blow out my candles on my birthday cake, I’d wish for it,” Laci shares in a statement. “In my heart of hearts, this is exactly what I always wanted.”
Among the tracks on the project are “Broken Heart Still Beats,” a collaboration with Charles Kelley, and “Treasure,” which will serve as her long-awaited country radio debut. The latter finds the 25-year-old moving on from a breakup with a newfound confidence as she tells her ex she’s moved on.
“One man’s trash is another man’s treasure/ Just like that I went and found somebody better/ Poor poor you a diamond slipped right through your hands/ One man’s trash is another man’s treasure,” she sings on the chorus.
“Treasure,” which was co-written by Booth with Jessie Jo Dillon, Jimmy Robbins and Laura Veltz, arrives at country radio on September 13.
Fans were first introduced to Booth on season 17 of American Idol where she captivated viewers with her “dreamy country” sound. After placing in the Top 5 in 2019, Booth relocated to Nashville to continue to hone in on her craft. That’s where she caught the attention of Big Machine Label Group heavyweights Scott Borchetta and Jimmy Harnen.
Now, with a powerful team behind her and a collection of music that will surely turn some heads, Laci Kaye Booth’s story is only just beginning.
1. “Used To You” | Laci Kaye Booth, Sam Ellis, Sara Haze
2. “On The Fence” | Laci Kaye Booth, Todd Clark, Sara Haze, Jason Cole Saenz
3. “Treasure” | Laci Kaye Booth, Jessie Jo Dillon, Jimmy Robbins, Laura Veltz
4. “Broken Heart Still Beats” (featuring Charles Kelley) | Laci Kaye Booth, Charles Kelley, Paul DiGiovanni, Adam Hambrick
5. “Shuffle” | Laci Kaye Booth, Sam Ellis, Derrick Southerland
6. “If He Would’ve Stayed” | Laci Kaye Booth, Carlo Colasacco, James Slater
7. “Visions” | Laci Kaye Booth, Jamie Kenney
8. “Heart Of Texas” | Laci Kaye Booth, Nathan Chapman, Emily Fox Landis
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.