‘American Idol’ Winner Laine Hardy Shares Message With Fans, Say He Is ‘Looking Forward’ To The ‘Next Chapter’ Of His Life

The Louisiana native says he’s been leaning on his faith throughout the past few years.


Madeleine O’Connell

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October 9, 2023


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Laine Hardy; Photo Courtesy Instagram

It’s been nearly one year since Laine Hardy announced he was parting ways with the teams at 19 Entertainment and Disney Music Group. In that time, he’s continued to explore what he hopes the future will hold for his music career and as a result, the singer/songwriter has uncovered a new outlook on life that allows him to embrace any highs or lows that may come his way.  

Taking to social media on Thursday, October 5, the Season 17 American Idol winner shared a series of live shots from recent shows alongside a sincere message of hopefulness. 

A Message To Fans

He wrote, “Looking forward to this next chapter of my life. I’ve learned to just simply be grateful for anything, good/bad, positive/negative. It shapes you from who you were to how you were to how you are to who you are now.”

He went on to explain that his faith has become a driving force in this mindset shift and is one of the main components that has helped him feel a sense of comfort going into this next phase of his musical journey.  

“Gods word became a crutch for me throughout this process & it will stick like glue forever. He loves & accepts everyone, I’m no different than any of you. He’s a prayer away! All of my praise goes unto him & glory always to Him for my success before, now, and hereafter. (Ephesians 6:10-18) Also Isaiah 28:16,” Laine Hardy wrote in conclusion. 

Teasing New Music

Back in June, the “Hurricane” singer began updating fans that he was back in the studio and readying the release of new music. In doing so, he sparked excitement among listeners who have eagerly been awaiting his return. 

Hardy’s post included an image of him sitting on a couch next to an acoustic guitar. He appeared to be putting his pen to paper, with a caption that hinted that he was working on his next set of tunes. 

“To be continued…” he wrote alongside the photo. 

In several other posts, Hardy gained even more anticipation from fans as he teased unreleased new songs such as “Songs About You,” “That Man,” “Me Meeting You,” “Party I Can Play” and more.

“Rope Swing”

The most recent song he shared a snippet of is titled “Rope Swing,” which was co-written by Laine Hardy alongside Jordan Minton and JT Harding back in 2019. 

“I remember that rope swing / hanging over that river / coming out of the water / and given me shivers / I remember that two-piece / the same color as your eyes / for a moment I was all yours and baby you were all mine,” the country singer sang on the first verse.

“If I could go back I swear that I would / it happened so fast but it was so good / summertime kiss as sweet as honey / cinnamon legs right on the money / I was hanging on you / you were hanging on me / we were tangled up together under that oak tree / a little Led Zeppelin and your tan bare feet / I’m holdin’ that memory like you were holdin’ that rope swing,” he continued on the chorus.

Laine Hardy has yet to announce a new project or release date for new music. However, between all the hints he’s been dropping on social media and a statement made in October of 2022 revealing he has been “writing new music,” fans are hopeful that the singer will have exciting news to share in the near future. 

Debut Album Dropped In 2021

Once released, these new songs will follow his debut albumHere’s To Anyone, which dropped in the fall of 2021. The album, produced by Michael Knox, features 11 tracks, including “Memorize You,” “Tiny Town,” “The Other LA,” and “Let There Be Country.”

Laine Hardy 'Heres To Anyone' Album Cover
Laine Hardy ‘Heres To Anyone’

While it appears that Laine Hardy has been popping up at a number of various shows, he currently has no tour dates on the books. 

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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.