Country music singer Laine Hardy surprised followers with an announcement posted on social media late on October 19, 2022, revealing that he has parted methods with Disney and 19 Entertainment, with whom he signed his file deal after profitable season 17 of “American Idol” in 2019. But Hardy’s not the one “Idol” alum to half methods with that label group in current months. Here’s the most recent…
Laine Hardy Issues Statement About Moving in a ‘New Direction’
Hardy first appeared on “American Idol” in season 16 however was reduce throughout Hollywood Week. He then returned to help a buddy who was auditioning for season 17, and the judges satisfied him to check out once more. He went on to win all the competitors.
In an announcement posted to his Twitter and Instagram accounts, the 22-year-old nation music singer shared his gratitude for the experiences and help his label had supplied since his “Idol” win.
He wrote, “I used to be simply 17 years old after I first tried out for American Idol, and on the time, I could not have ever imagined the place I used to be headed. Since then, I’ve been in a position to tour throughout America, play for our Troops in Asia, and make new followers in Europe. I needed to develop up shortly and I’m nonetheless studying extra about myself day by day.”
Hardy continued, “The groups at 19 Entertainment and Disney Music Group have given me a lot help and steering, and I’ll perpetually be grateful. And now it is time for me to take my profession in a brand new course and I’m figuring that out. Stay tuned for what’s coming subsequent. Love y’all.”
It’s probably Hardy has been determining easy methods to ship this information to followers. After lately sharing excerpts of songs he recorded throughout songwriting classes in Nashville, the Louisiana native posted a snippet of a track and a message to followers in his Instagram Stories late on October 18. He wrote, “cannot wait to launch a few of these for y’all at some point…thanks for being affected person…going to submit one thing in a number of days!”
Given that the file label announcement got here simply 24 hours later, followers are hoping there could also be one other announcement coming about Hardy’s plans for transferring ahead, whether or not as an unbiased artist or with a brand new label.
It’s not clear whether or not the label ended the connection or if it was a mutual determination, however different “Idol” contestants have been dropped by the label lately.
Alejandro Aranda, who got here in second behind Hardy on season 17, lately misplaced his file cope with 19 Entertainment and is now touring as an unbiased artist. Hardy’s buddy and occasional “Idol” duet associate Laci Kaye Booth introduced in early October that she’d been “dropped” by 19 Recordings, too, and is determining easy methods to navigate her profession with no file contract. Season 16 winner Maddie Poppe misplaced her cope with the label in 2020, which she mentioned left her “shook.”
Hardy’s Music Career Has Been Full of Unexpected Twists
As a part of his prize package deal for profitable “American Idol,” Hardy acquired $250,000 and a file contract with 19 Entertainment and Disney’s Hollywood Records. Disney owns ABC, the printed house of “American Idol.”
Hardy’s first single was “Flame,” which was written for him to sing when he gained “American Idol.” The track reached No. 1 on the iTunes Rock Chart and No. 2 total.
After visiting with household following his massive win, he went to work creating his debut album with songwriting classes in Nashville. But recording classes, promotions, and a deliberate tour received postponed as a result of pandemic. He did launch two songs in April 2020 — “Ground I Grew Up On” and “Let There Be Country,” however instructed The Advocate he would hone his craft as a songwriter earlier than releasing extra. Hardy performed a number of digital acoustic reveals and Q&A fan classes from his household’s kitchen in Livingston, Louisiana, however did not launch his full debut file till the autumn of 2021.
After lastly releasing the album, “Here’s To Anyone,” Hardy’s profession appeared to be again on observe as he made a number of main TV appearances, carried out within the Rose Bowl parade, and appeared on the Grand Old Opry. He additionally partnered with season 17 castmate Booth in April 2022 to file a duet for the twentieth anniversary “American Idol” reunion show.
The duet aired in early May, however was overshadowed by the truth that on April 29, Hardy had been arrested in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, after “a lady and her roommate discovered a recording gadget inside their dorm room” at Louisiana State University, based on USA Today. The outlet reported he was booked into East Baton Rouge Parish Prison for “interception and disclosure of wire, digital or oral communication” and launched with out bail.
After a three-month hiatus from social media and quietly enjoying gigs at bars and festivals over the summer season, Hardy started posting acoustic variations of previously-released songs and a few he was engaged on. Fans have been thrilled when he revealed he’d been in Nashville for brand new songwriting classes in August and September, and when he launched an excerpt of a brand new track — “That Man” — on October 15.
Within an hour of posting his announcement concerning the finish of his file deal, Hardy had already begun receiving help from the “Idol” group. The “American Idol” social media account posted three blue hearts on his Instagram and Twitter posts, and season 16 winner Poppe posted three purple hearts. In addition, a number of alums preferred the submit, together with season 16 runner-up Caleb Lee Hutchinson, Jacob Moran from seasons 17 and 20, and former “Idol” music director Michael Orland.
“American Idol” casting producer Shae Wilber wrote on Instagram, “Love you laine!!! Onward and upward” with a purple coronary heart.
His devoted followers, in the meantime, flooded his social media accounts with help, letting him know they’re going to help his music nonetheless it is launched.
“Laine your fan’s will at all times help you it doesn’t matter what you resolve,” one fan tweeted. “We love you and need you the very best in your journey.”