Luke Bryan Makes ‘Waves’ With ‘American Idol’ Performance

Luke Bryan took the stage to perform his brand new single, “Waves,” on American Idol on Sunday evening (May 16)….


Lauren Jo Black

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May 16, 2021


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Luke Bryan; Photo Courtesy American Idol

Luke Bryan took the stage to perform his brand new single, “Waves,” on American Idol on Sunday evening (May 16).

The superstar took a break from the judges’ panel to join his longtime touring band for a live performance of “Waves.” 

The song finds Bryan reminiscing on a summer love.   

“You were made for summer / Just like these stars we’re under / We’re made for lighting this July sky up / Blanket down made for me and you tied up,” the Georgia native sang on the Idol stage as images of ocean moved beneath him. “All night long, over and over / Crash into me and pull me closer / Kiss by kiss, one after another / Don’t let go, baby, let this summer / Just keep on coming in waves / Keep coming in waves / Keep on coming in waves / Keep coming in waves.”

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Written by Zach Crowell, Ryan Hurd and Chase McGill, “Waves” is featured on the newly-released deluxe version of Bryan’s most recent album, Born Here Live Here Die Here. The song is at country radio now. 

The reigning ACM Entertainer of the Year will launch his upcoming Proud To Be Right Here Tour on July 8 in Syracuse, NY. The tour will run through October and will feature special guests Dylan Scott, Caylee Hammack, Runaway June along with DJ Rock.

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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.