HunterGirl Reveals Inspiration Behind ‘Bad Boy’ And Details Her Musical Evolution Leading To Her Forthcoming EP [Exclusive]

The singer/songwriter’s “Tennessee Girl” EP drops on June 7.


Lauren Jo Black

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May 17, 2024


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In 2022, we met a fresh-faced HunterGirl on the 20th season of American Idol. During her time on the show, she gained confidence and won over the hearts of millions with her sweet Southern demeanor and undeniable country vocals. In the two years that have passed, HunterGirl has immersed herself in her songwriting and refined her sound. Now, she’s ready to unveil her new music, showcasing all sides of her artistry, through her upcoming EP, Tennessee Girl.  

Fans have already been treated to glimpses of HunterGirl’s sentimental side with tracks like “Red Bird” and “Ain’t About You.” They’re in for a taste of sass with the release of her latest single, “Bad Boy,” which is out now, ahead of her June 7th EP release. 

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What Is The Song “Bad Boy” About?

Co-written by HunterGirl alongside Lindsay Rimes and Greg Bates, “Bad Boy” details the Tennessee native’s “questionable” taste in men, as she is constantly attracted to guys with a rebellious side. On the first verse, she admits, “I like guys with issues” and goes on to share other characteristics of the men she falls for, including those adorned with tattoos and ones who refuse to commit.  

“If there’s a mean-looking one in the corner, I’m like, ‘Oh my God, he looks so nice!’ And if he’s a bunch of tattoos, looks jaded, if it looks like he has a backstory, I’m like, ‘Oh my God, I can fix him!’,” she explained to Country Now with a laugh. 

Throughout the chorus, HunterGirl sings, “Yeah I got it bad/ For someone bad for me/ Kill me with a kiss/ I can barely breathe/ Only kinda crazy/ I could ever need/ And he’ll only be good/ Only be good to me.” 

It’s clear that she knows that his “Bad Boy” may only be good to her temporarily, but she’s willing to take the risk and enjoy the thrill while it lasts. 

HunterGirl; Photo by Motion Theory Media
HunterGirl; Photo by Motion Theory Media

“Bad Boy” Is Very Different Than Anything She’s Released So Far

While “Bad Boy” is quite the juxtaposition from her last release, the singer/songwriter admits that’s what she loves most about it.  

“It’s very different from the last single…I think I just wanted to show a different side of myself,” she shared. “I love the songs where I sit in my bedroom and tell my story and that’s what ‘Ain’t About You’ was to me. But this song is kind of another side of me as a person, the fun, the goofy side and just shows my taste in men, which is laughable.” 

Heading into the studio, HunterGirl, who is often inspired by country greats like Dolly Parton and Reba McEntire, channeled another musical icon: P!nk. 

“She was somebody I looked up to my whole life and how tough she was and strong. And so I think that influence came out in this song,” HunterGirl pointed out. 

The true-to-life lyrics are paired with a pop/country production, which adds a fresh new dynamic to HunterGirl’s live shows.  

“I have performed it out live and it’s so cool just to see the reaction. By the time we get to the chorus, people are jumping and everybody’s laughing. Just watching the other girls be like, ‘Oh my gosh, that’s me!’ And seeing that connection, I feel like songwriting is so special because every song connects in a different way.” 

HunterGirl -Tennessee Girl EP Art
HunterGirl -Tennessee Girl EP Art

Tennessee Girl EP Coming Soon

“Bad Boy” offers just a taste of what’s to come on HunterGirl’s Tennessee Girl EP. This six-song collection encompasses all sides of her personality, which she describes as her “blue jean side” and her “leather jacket side.” 

“I’m really excited about this project because I took some time and really got to figure out what I wanted my sound to be like and who I am as a person and really settle into that. I think after the show, just the 180 my life had turned and how wonderful that was, I think I just needed to pause and be like, ‘Okay, who’s Hunter?,” she explained. 

“Every song on the record is a different side of me as an artist. I feel like this song shows the leather jacket side of me, the more tough, pop country side, which you’ll see influences throughout the record, and then ‘Ain’t About You” and other songs on the record will match the blue jean side of my personality.”

Fans will be able to hear the Tennessee Girl EP in its entirety on June 7.

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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.