WATCH: Laine Hardy Debuts ‘Authentic’ Music Video

Laine Hardy just debuted a live music video for his newest release, “Authentic.”  The clip showcases the American Idol winner…


Lauren Jo Black

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August 13, 2021


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Laine Hardy; Photo by David Bradley

Laine Hardy just debuted a live music video for his newest release, “Authentic.” 

The clip showcases the American Idol winner and rising country star performing live and cutting up with his bandmates at various locations, including Brooklyn Bowl Nashville, a Nashville Sounds game, the LaPorte County Fair, Citation Studios and more.

“This song is one of my favorites to do live and I love the way the video ties that in,” the Louisiana native shares. “It also shows a more personal side of me, hanging with the band and just having fun on the road. I hope that people like watching it as much as we liked filming it.”

The just-released clip, which was directed by Sean Davé and Produced by Melissa Michalak, even showcases footage from Hardy’s Country Now Live show, which took place in mid-July. 

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“Authentic” was written by Jessi Alexander, Matt Jenkins, and David Lee Murphy and follows Hardy’s previous releases “Memorize You,” “Ground I Grew Up On,” “Tiny Town,” and more. 

The tracks will be featured on his much-anticipated forthcoming debut album. 

This fall, fans can catch Hardy on his headlining Monster Energy Outbreak Tour which runs through November 20. 

Click above to watch the “Authentic” music video. 

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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.