WATCH: ‘American Idol’ Winner Laine Hardy Returns To Social Media With a New Look and a New Song

Laine Hardy returned to social media on Monday afternoon (July 26) for the first time since April of 2022 when…

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Lauren Jo Black

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July 26, 2022

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Laine Hardy; Photos via Instagram

Laine Hardy returned to social media on Monday afternoon (July 26) for the first time since April of 2022 when he was arrested and accused of spying on an ex-girlfriend.

The Season 17 winner of American Idol shared a video of himself performing an unreleased new song titled “Party I Can Play.”

Laine Hardy; Photo by Robby Klein
Laine Hardy; Photo by Robby Klein

In the just over two-minute clip, Hardy, who is nearly unrecognizable with a full beard and long hair, strummed an acoustic guitar while singing the never-before-heard tune.

“A hole by the roses that the bird dogs dug / little brother chasing them lightning bugs / hand cranked ice cream that daddy made… / I guess you never know the good times while you got ’em / but you sure do miss them when they slip away / I knew then but somehow I’ve forgotten / all I need is a pickup where I can set up / and a party that I can play,” Hardy sings in the clip. 

He continued to sing, ”Ping-pong table and solo cups / you’re losing if you’re winning cause you don’t get drunk / you play ‘Brown Eyed Girl’ but if you make ’em blue / yeah, I might even close my eyes for you / I guess you never know the good times while you got ’em / but you sure do miss them when they slip away / I knew then but somehow I’ve forgotten / all I need is a pickup where I can set up / and a party that I can play / party I can play.”

The Louisiana native recently returned to the road and his next scheduled tour date is on July 29 at the Pike County Fair in Bowling Green, MO.

Laine Hardy surrendered himself to police at Louisiana State University on April 29, 2022 after a warrant was issued for his arrest for reportedly planting a listening device in a female student’s dorm room. The recordings allegedly took place from November 2021 to February 2022.

Laine Hardy; Photo by Robby Klein
Laine Hardy; Photo by Robby Klein

A spokesman for Louisiana State University confirmed Laine Hardy’s arrest in a statement to the outlet (per WAFB).

“Laine Reed Hardy (a Non-LSU Student) was arrested by LSU Police today and booked into East Baton Rouge Parish Prison for violation of 15:1303 — Interception and Disclosure of Wire, Electronic, or Oral Communication,” the statement read. “His arrest warrant has been filed with clerk of court.”

He was released from jail on the evening of April 29.  

Hardy shared an update with fans after the warrant was issued. 

“Earlier today, I received a warrant due to allegations made against me and have been fully cooperative with the Louisiana State University Police Department,” Hardy wrote on social media. “I understand that my career has thrust me into the public spotlight, and I embrace that wholeheartedly as my entire world belongs to my music and my fans.”

He continued, “However, due to the sensitive nature of this allegation, I humbly ask for privacy at this time. I have the utmost respect for the law and will assist in their investigation as needed moving forward.”

If convicted of the crime, Interception and Disclosure of Wire, Electronic, or Oral Communication, Hardy will face a maximum sentence of up to ten years in prison and a fine of $10,000.

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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 Answers.com and her work being featured on Forbes.com. 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.