‘American Idol’ Runner-Up Caleb Lee Hutchinson Promises ‘Big Things Coming’ In Cryptic Instagram Post

The singer/songwriter says he’s “feeling really good about life” in his latest update.


Madeleine O’Connell

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August 4, 2023

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Caleb Lee Hutchinson; Photo by Sam Aldrich, Courtesy Instagram

Caleb Lee Hutchinson is letting fans know that there are plenty of new things on the horizon for him. 

In a new social media post, the American Idol Season 16 runner-up revealed that he has been working on some new projects both for himself and other people. Without saying too much, Hutchinson expressed his excitement for what’s to come. 

His caption read, “I’ve had the pleasure to be a part of a bunch of cool stuff lately, some of it’s mine and some it’s for others. Feeling really good about life right now and all the things I’m doing. To quote every other person on this app (myself included) BIG THINGS COMING.”

Throughout the past few months, Hutchinson has shared glimpses of new unreleased songs, which has only added to fans’ excitement surrounding his next drop of music. Most recently, he posted a clip from his first time at the YNOT Wednesdays Nashville songwriting round. While on stage, he previewed an unreleased song called “Things To Burn,” which he co-wrote with fellow musician and Idol alum, Garrett Jacobs.

As he strummed his guitar and let his twang-filled vocals takeover, the Georgia native delivered a stunning acoustic rendition of the tune that’s fueled by a man looking for revenge on his ex who burned him. 

“Like your cigarettes or your apple pie / Or the tires slinging gravel pullin’ out the drive / I’m on a long list of things you’ve burned / I’m gonna light a little fire myself tonight / You’ll see a cloud of smoke from the county line / I got a long list of things to burn,” he sings on the fiery chorus. “Them ole pictures will be ash in the sky / When I take a match to all your things / Our old mattress will still be getting’ hot tonight / With a little help from gasoline / You can’t blame me baby, yeah you did it first / I got a long list of things to burn.”

Hutchinson’s caption on the post read, “It’s been so cool to see y’all dig this tune that @garrett.jacobs and I wrote. Been so fun playing it out. Should I record this one? Comment below!”

He then joked with his followers saying if he didn’t get a million comments saying “yes plz yes,” he would only continue to post on Twitter. 

In another new song that Caleb Lee Hutchinson recently previewed via social media, he took a slightly slower approach while pouring his heart out into a post-breakup expression of sadness and disappointment in seeing his former partner walk out of his life. 

“One I wrote a little while back with a hero of mine… who wants to hear more?” he asked in the caption. 

Fans have been patiently waiting for Hutchinson to drop new music since the release of his 2022 EP, Songs I’ll Never Play Again. This 6-track project marked a new era for the “Who I Am” singer as it combined his passion for music with his love for horror films. 

“I’ve always loved the horror movie genre, and if you know me, you’ve heard me rant about my favorite show, Dexter. I’d like to think the music on this project is haunting, melancholy, and very Halloween feeling overall,” Hutchinson wrote on Instagram at the time. “So I hope that the music and video excite people who are fans of those things like I am. Thanks for staying behind me all these years and I’m excited for the next chapter.”

Photo Courtesy Caleb Lee Hutchinson
Photo Courtesy Caleb Lee Hutchinson

Songs I’ll Never Play Again starts off on a gritty note with “Devil Woman” before moving into the remaining tracks, “If You Don’t Want Me,” ‘The Letter,” “Hold on to You,” “Preservation,” and “Freedom.”

Along with the new 6 new songs, Caleb Lee Hutchinson also dropped an accompanying short film, that unfolded as his own version of a horror film.

Throughout the summer, Hutchinson has brought his music to audiences all over Nashville through a variety of individual shows. He has yet to announce his next set of tour dates or upcoming performances. 

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Madeleine O’Connell graduated from North Central College with a bachelors degree in Journalism and Broadcast Communications before deciding to pursue her studies further at DePaul University. There, she earned her masters degree in Digital Communication & Media Arts. O’Connell served as a freelance writer for over two years while also interning with the Academy of Country Music, SiriusXM and Circle Media and assisting with Amazon Music’s Country Heat Weekly podcast. In addition to Country Now, she has been published in American Songwriter, Music Mayhem, and Holler.Country. Madeleine O’Connell is a member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.