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A native of Livingston, Louisiana (pop. 2,000) Laine Hardy was six when he picked up his first guitar and later joined his brother playing in local clubs and bars for upwards of six hours a night, inspired by artists ranging from Luke Combs and Elvis Presley to Mark Broussard. After winning American Idol in 2019, Laine focused on songwriting and touring, headlining shows in Denver, Indianapolis, Sacramento, Minneapolis, Lexington and more.  Laine’s 2020 Ground I Grew Up On” virtual tour made 20-plus online stops, with views at 2 million and counting. The 21-year old made his Grand Ole Opry debut on Saturday, August 28 and headlined the Monster Energy Outbreak tour.

Laine’s debut album, Here’s To Anyone, was released on September 17, 2021.  Produced by Michael Knox, the long -awaited project features 11 songs including feel-good summertime track “Memorize You,” written by Michael Tyler, Eric Arjes and Steven Dale Jones, and the anthemic “Authentic,” written by Jessi Alexander, Matt Jenkins, and David Lee Murphy.

While Louisiana is home, Nashville is where he is destined to be.  There, he met his producer Michael Knox and the pair went to work on Laine’s 2020 music releases including his single “Tiny Town” (Michael Tyler), and tracks “Ground I Grew Up On” (Brandon Kinney, Josh Thompson, Brett Beavers), “Let There Be Country” (Jason Afable, Steve Moakler, Tim Nichols), “Other LA” (Laine Hardy, Andy Sheridan, Erik Dylan and Dan Isbell) on Buena Vista Records / Industrial Media’s 19 Recordings.   The songs, which earned Laine a Taste of Country RISER designation, tell the stories of Laine’s childhood on the bayou where on an average day you’ll find him fishing, riding his four-wheeler, spending time with his family, dogs, and feasting on jambalaya or his grandmother’s traditional Korean kimchi.

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