HunterGirl To Make Multiple Appearances At CMA Fest: ‘Would Love To See You Guys There’
American Idol runner-up HunterGirl is set to make several appearances in Nashville during CMA Fest. The “Red Bird” singer took…
HunterGirl; Photo by ABC, American Idol
American Idol runner-up HunterGirl is set to make several appearances in Nashville during CMA Fest.
The “Red Bird” singer took to social media on Wednesday with an update, revealing that she will be signing autographs inside Fan Fair X and teasing additional performances throughout the week.
“So excited for CMA Fest Week,” she wrote.” I will be in Fan Fair X tomorrow doing a Meet and Greet at 12! Would love to see you guys there! 💛 I also will be running around all week. Ya never know, maybe I will show up at a few places 🤫”
Those who have access to Fan Fair X, can line up to meet HunterGirl inside Fan Fair X at 12:00 pm at Booth #250 (CMA Experience).
HunterGirl’s additional CMA Fest appearances are being kept under wraps for now, however, fans in Nashville should keep an eye out for her throughout the week.
Earlier this week, HunterGirl shared a new, unreleased song on social media called “Hometown Out Of Me.”
The emotional track is a tribute to her hometown of Winchester, Tennessee and those who have supported her along the way.
“Wrote a ✨NEW SONG✨this week! This one is called ‘Hometown Out of Me’ 💛,” the Franklin County native shared. “I want to thank my hometown and all the surrounding counties for supporting me throughout my music journey so far. You guys have went above and beyond, and I love and appreciate y’all so much. Wrote this with @jammyrabbins and @lauraveltz 😊! Would love to know what you guys think! ❤️”
She opened the clip by graciously thanking everyone who supported her Idol journey back home.
“Hey guys, I just wrote a new song about my hometown, I just want to tell everybody thank you so much for all the love and support and this one’s called ‘Hometown Out Of Me,’ I hope you guys like it,” HunterGirl said.
Co-written with Jimmy Robbins and Laura Veltz, “Hometown Out of Me” finds HunterGirl promising to never forget where she came from and declaring she will always stay true to her roots.
“I’m never gonna not think Heaven’s at the end of Daddy’s little gravel road / I’m never gonna not be the same old same me everybody back there knows / An apple’s still an apple when it’s nowhere near the tree / You can take me out of my hometown / But you can’t take my hometown out of me,” HunterGirl sings in the clip.
HunterGirl recently shared her debut single, “Red Bird,” co-written by HunterGirl (Hunter Wolkonowski) alongside Austin Goodloe and Matt McKinney and produced by Jimmy Robbins.
“Red Bird” brings the age-old belief that seeing a cardinal means that a loved one is visiting you from Heaven to life. Throughout the lyrics, Huntergirl begs for a red bird to appear to help her get through the tough times.
“My momma told me when I was a kid / When a red bird flies close your eyes / Makes a wish here it is / Right around the time my faith went missing / I was praying for angel, but the wings looked different / God if you’re listening could you send me one on down,” she sings on the chorus.
The song is extremely personal to HunterGirl, who admits that she teared up during the “Red Bird” writing session.
“When I was a little girl my family always told me ‘when you see a red bird, it is a sign from Heaven that a family member is looking after you,’” Huntergirl explains. “Cardinals have been a big sign in my life and really important to my family. Red Bird is a song that I wrote from my heart with Matt and Austin. I cried in the writing room with this song. I want people to know that we are never alone and the ones we love are always watching over us. Sometimes you just need a red bird.”
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