‘American Idol’ Winner Laine Hardy To Release New Music and Embark On Virtual Tour

After being crowned the winner of American Idol in 2019, Laine Hardy is ready to showcase his new music with…


Lauren Jo Black

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April 7, 2020


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After being crowned the winner of American Idol in 2019, Laine Hardy is ready to showcase his new music with the release of two brand new songs: “Ground I Grew Up On” and “Let There Be Country.”

Releasing April 10, the new songs were written by Brandon Kinney, Josh Thompson and Brett Beavers (“Ground I Grew Up On” ) and Jason Afable, Steve Moakler and Tim Nichols (“Let There Be Country”) and offer a tip of the hat to Hardy’s Louisiana upbringing.

“I am so excited to finally be able to release this new music! I hope these songs give you an idea of where I grew up on the Bayou, running through the fields with my cousins and fishing on Lake Maurepas. Louisiana is always going to be in my heart, and I want to just keep making Louisianans proud,” he shares. “My family is all staying home together, including my cousin who is also my drummer. Makes sense to make some music while we’re at it. Really miss being on the road and can’t wait to share these new songs online.”

To celebrate the release of his new music, Hardy will embark on the Ground I Grew Up On Virtual Tour, which will make 15 stops through the end of May, including a stop on Country Now‘s Facebook page on May 4. During the virtual tour stops, Hardy will perform new music and chat with fans.

Laine Hardy’s new songs are available for pre-save/pre-add.

Laine Hardy’s “Ground I Grew Up On Virtual Tour”*
Date Virtual Venue
April 10 Raising Cane’s
April 13 Wrangler Live Network
April 14 CMT
April 15 Live with Kelly & Ryan
April 19 ABC’s American Idol
April 20 Romeo Ent. Group
April 22 The Boot
April 24 USO
April 26 Radio Disney Country
April 27 Country Rebel
April 29 Taste of Country
May 4 Country Now
May 6 The Tennessean
May 11 Sounds Like Nashville
May 18 One Country
May 20 Hollywire
*Subject to change, please check LaineHardyMusic.com for the latest information

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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.