‘American Idol’ Winner Noah Thompson Reveals What’s Next For Him: ‘I Don’t Want To Be a Pop-Country Artist’
American Idol Season 20 champion, Noah Thompson is reflecting on his Idol journey. The Kentucky native, who turned 20 during…
Noah Thompson; Photo by Easton Schirra
American Idol Season 20 champion, Noah Thompson is reflecting on his Idol journey.
The Kentucky native, who turned 20 during his time on the show, recently sat down with The Herald-Dispatch to share details about his Idol experience and reveal what’s next for him.
Thompson admitted that his Idol journey wasn’t easy and at one point, he even contemplated leaving the show as being away from his family, including his 1-year-old son, Walker, was tough.
“Part of me just wanted to leave the show, but I’m very glad I didn’t,” he said.
Thompson showed his gratitude for those who encouraged him to keep going.
“I had a lot of family and friends who uplifted me and made sure I didn’t make the wrong decision. I’m grateful for everyone around me, really,” the former construction worker shared.
After his crowning moment and subsequent New York City press tour, which included appearances on Good Morning America and Live with Kelly and Ryan, Thompson returned home to Louisa, Kentucky.
He picked up right where he left off, reuniting with his former co-workers and even catching up on some household chores.
So what’s next for Thompson? For now, he says, he’s taking a bit of a break with plans to lay low for the time being. He’s also planning to enjoy a Disney Cruise with this family, a perk from ABC.
“I’m looking forward to getting out and playing show and meeting people and writing some songs – that’s what I’m working on right now,” Thompson explained. “I’m not saying I’m a good songwriter or anything, but you got to start somewhere.”
He also threw viewers a few curve balls, specifically with his unexpected covers of Rihanna’s “Stay” and Noah Cyrus’ “July.”
But don’t expect to hear Thompson releasing any pop-leaning music.
“I’m not trying to be a pop-country artist,” he proclaimed. “I don’t want to be a pop-country artist. That’s not me. That’s why I didn’t wear certain clothes. I still wear my boots, my blue jeans, and my flannel – that’s just me. I want to be a soulful, rock-country-type deal.”
Thompson is scheduled to perform at Ruch & Rowdy in Rush, Kentucky on Saturday, June 18. His debut single, “One Day Tonight,” is out now.
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.