Following the Season 20 finale of American Idol, runner-up HunterGirl is opening up about her life-changing experience on the show and her time working with Idol alum and country superstar Carrie Underwood.
During an appearance on Live with Kelly and Ryan, the Tennessee native recalled her American Idol journey and admitted she “can’t believe” the outcome of the competition.
“If you had told me a year ago that I’d be sitting here talking to y’all – you know, I would have told you, you were about crazy,” HunterGirl confessed. “Whenever I was a little girl, I knew I wanted to sing. I sing all the time, grew up singing in my grandpa’s church. But yeah, I always wanted to do this and so I was trying to do whatever I had to – working hard to make it happen.”
One of the most memorable moments of her Idol journey was having the chance to sit down with Underwood when the eight-time GRAMMY winner mentored the Top 5 contestants.
“Oh my gosh, I lost my mind,” Huntergirl told Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest. “I remember walking in – I walked in and I just looked at her and I was like every word to your song… I just forgot it because I’m freaking out right now because I was like I was having to sing for her!”
As a young girl, HunterGirl witnessed Underwood’s rise to fame on the show and admits it was inspiring.
“I was little I know I was young, but just watching her on TV, you know, it made me think like, you know, maybe I could do that someday,” the Middle Tennessee State University alum admitted.
Now that her time on American Idol has come to an end, HunterGirl said her number one focus is to release new music.
Her deeply personal debut single, “Red Bird,” is already turning heads. The rising singer/songwriter explained the emotional story behind the song.
“It’s a really personal song for me. Growing up, my mom always said that whenever you see a red bird it’s a sign that somebody’s watching over you and so whenever I was going back home to watch the first episode of American Idol, I was freaking out, I was scared, I was like ‘I don’t think anybody’s gonna like me, I don’t think I’m gonna sound good,’ and I was driving back home and I started praying and I was like ‘hey I know that you know everything’s gonna be okay God, but could you just let me know?’ And a red bird flew in front of my car,” HunterGirl recalled. “So, I was just, like, started crying – because I cry all the time – and then I got back to Nashville and wrote that song. So, full-circle moment.”
Fans can keep up with HunterGirl on Instagram.