Former ‘American Idol’ Finalist Laci Kaye Booth Signs Major Record Deal

Fan-favorite American Idol contestant Laci Kaye Booth has found a label home with 19 Recordings/ Big Machine Label Group. The…


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May 17, 2020


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Laci Kaye Booth; Photo by ABC/Karen Neal

Fan-favorite American Idol contestant Laci Kaye Booth has found a label home with 19 Recordings/ Big Machine Label Group.

The news was announced by Ryan Seacrest on Sunday (May 17) during the star-studded American Idol finale.

“We have some exciting news from last season’s finalist, Laci Kaye Booth,” Seacrest shared. “She just signed a deal with 19 Recordings and Big Machine Label Group. Congratulations!”

Prior to the show, Booth teased the announcement on Instagram, writing, “Tune in for some great talent & great news.”

After the exciting announcement was made, Booth later reacted to the news in an emotion-filled post to Instagram.

“I have a RECORD DEAL!!!! Can’t believe that I’m officially a @bigmachinelabelgroup & #19recordings RECORDING ARTIST,” she wrote. “I’ve been so impatiently waiting to tell y’all & i’m SO INCREDIBLY HAPPY I got to hear @ryanseacrest say it on national TV. Wow. It’s been a wild 2 years & I feel so blessed. So so blessed. Thank you to everyone involved for making me the happiest girl on earth ? HERE WE GO!!!!! ?”

Laci Kaye Booth placed in the Top 5 during American Idol season 17 in 2019. During her run on the show, she covered a number of country songs, including Brett Young’s “Mercy” and Miranda Lambert’s “The House That Built Me.” She also joined forces with Laine Hardy for a rousing cover of the iconic Johnny Cash and June Carter duet, “Jackson.”

After the show, Booth relocated to Nashville where she immediately immersed herself in the music community.

Fans can follow the Texas native on Instagram HERE.

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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 and her work being featured on 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.