American Idol’s HunterGirl Set To Fulfill Lifelong Dream Of Making Her Grand Ole Opry Debut

“Mark your calendars,” HunterGirl told her family.


Madeleine O’Connell

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January 3, 2024

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HunterGirl poses with a mic in hand.

American Idol’s HunterGirl has announced that on Saturday, March 2, 2024, she will fulfill her lifelong dream of making her Grand Ole Opry debut.

The rising star made the announcement to fans via social media using a compilation video of the moments she shared the highly anticipated news with both sides of her family over the holidays. The clips were filled with support as she received applause, cheers of excitement and even some warm hugs. 

“Mark your calendars,” she told the room full of loved ones. 

HunterGirl Expects This Performance To be “A Moment I’ll Never Forget”

In the caption, HunterGirl admitted that getting the chance to perform in the coveted circle is a dream she’s been working towards “since I was a little girl,” and in a few short months the hard work will finally pay off. She went on to reflect on the past year while also showing her appreciation to the fans who have continued to listen to her songs and attend her shows since coming off the singing competition show.  

“This year has been full of so many blessings, and I’m so grateful to y’all for coming on this journey with me,” she continued. “Thank you for listening to my songs, coming to the shows, and following me this year. I love you all so much, and I wouldn’t be getting to live my dream if it wasn’t for your love and support. I hope to see you guys there when I step on the Grand Ole Opry stage.”

At the very end of her heartwarming message, she confidently noted that this experience will be “a moment I’ll never forget. ❤️”

Many of HunterGirl’s fellow rising female stars took to the comment section to shower her with congratulatory messages. 

Charly Reynolds wrote “Congrats Hunter!! ❤️❤️” while Tigirlily Gold said “Love this!!! Congratulations 😍” and Peytan Porter shared “Yessssssss congrats Hunter!!!!!!”

“Ain’t About You” Impacts Airwaves

HunterGirl - Ain't About You
HunterGirl – Ain’t About You

This news follows the success of HunterGirl’s debut single, “Ain’t About You” which officially hit the country radio airwaves on Monday (Oct. 23). Upon its impact, the song was named most-added. 

With its emotionally charged lyrics and soulful melody, the tune locked in 46 first-week stations in markets including San Francisco, Houston, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Detroit, Minneapolis and more. 

The American Idol Season 20 runner-up was especially proud of this accomplishment seeing as how she is the first female country artist in over 30 years to write her debut radio single by herself.

“Having a song on country radio has been my dream since I was a little girl,” she shared via press release. “‘Ain’t About You’ was supposed to be my ‘I’m leaving Nashville song,’ and it ended up being my ‘staying in Nashville song.’ I hope that anyone who is thinking about giving up on their dreams hears this song and decides to give it a second chance.”

HunterGirl also previously told Country Now that “Ain’t About You” serves as a sneak peek into her yet-to-be announced project that is currently in the works. 

First-Ever Holiday Releases

This winter, HunterGirl crossed off another goal when she released her first-every holiday tracks – “Hurry Up Christmas” and “Christmas Again.” Both of the spirited songs are co-written by the 19 Recordings/Wheelhouse Records’ artist.

The songs came to life not only on streaming platforms but also in several holiday films. “Hurry Up Christmas” can be heard on Hallmark Channel’s “Countdown to Christmas” and the movie Christmas Island, which premiered in November, while “Christmas Again” was featured in the network’s new sequel, Haul Out The Holly: Lit Up. 

Following HunterGirl’s Opry debut, she will head to Fort Lauderdale, FL on April 5 for the Tortuga Music Festival 2024. 

To stay up to date with all of HunterGirl’s upcoming shows, visit her official website HERE.

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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.