Laine Hardy
Laine Hardy - Louisiana Music Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony.jpg
Background information
Born (2000-09-12) September 12, 2000 (age 21)
Baton Rouge, Louisiana,[1] United States
  • Singer
  • Vocals
  • guitar
Years active2018–present

Laine Hardy (born September 12, 2000) is an American singer from Livingston, Louisiana and the season 17 winner of American Idol.

Early life

Hardy was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana,[1] and raised in Livingston, Louisiana.[8] His father Barry is a general contractor for a construction company, and his mother Cindy Lou is a real estate agent. He has a brother Kyle, and an older sister, Brittany Banta.[9] His maternal grandmother is a Korean immigrant from Seoul.[10] He attended French Settlement High School and graduated in 2018.[11] He learned to play the guitar when he was eight, and by the time he was 14, he was performing in a band with his brother and cousins called the Band Hardy in local bars and restaurants.[12] Although initially he did not sing, he was encouraged by his brother to sing.[13]

American Idol

Laine Hardy first auditioned for season 16 of American Idol,[14] but did not go far in that season, making it only to the top 50. He did not intend to audition for season 17, but accompanied his friend Ashton Gill to play guitar at her audition, and was encouraged by judges Katy Perry, Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie to audition again.[15][16][17][18] This time he made it all the way to the final and won the competition, making Alejandro Aranda runner-up and Madison VanDenburg second runner-up.[19]

Performance results

Episode Theme Song Choice Original Artist Order Number Result
Audition Auditioner's Choice "The Weight" The Band N/A Advanced
Hollywood Round, Part 1 Contestant's Choice "She Talks to Angels" The Black Crowes N/A Advanced
Hollywood Round, Part 2 Group Performance "Grenade" (with Laci Kaye Booth, Katie Belle & Colby Swift) Bruno Mars N/A Advanced
Hollywood Round, Part 3 Contestant's Choice "Proud Mary" Creedence Clearwater Revival N/A Advanced
Showcase Round/Top 40 Contestant's Choice "Come Together" The Beatles 36 Advanced
Top 20 Solo/Duet Contestant's Choice Solo "Bring It On Home to Me" Sam Cooke 3 Advanced
Duet "The Weight" (with Elle King) The Band 10
Top 14 Contestant's Choice "That's All Right" Elvis Presley 1 Safe
Victory Song "Hurricane" Band of Heathens 12
Top 10 Disney Night "Oo-De-Lally" (from Robin Hood) Roger Miller 9 Safe
Top 8 Queen Night "Fat Bottomed Girls" Queen 8 Safe
Movie Duets "Jackson" (from Walk The Line) (with Laci Kaye Booth) Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash 3
Top 6 Woodstock "I Don't Need No Doctor" Ray Charles 2 Safe
Showstoppers "Johnny B. Goode" Chuck Berry 12
Top 5 Bobby Bones' Choice "Can't You See" The Marshall Tucker Band 4 Safe
Elton John "Something About the Way You Look Tonight" Elton John 10
Mother's Day Tribute "Hey Jude" The Beatles 14
Finale New Song 1 "Home" Marc Broussard 1 Winner
New Song 2 "Jambalaya (On the Bayou)" Hank Williams 4
Last song "Bring It On Home to Me" Sam Cooke 7
Non-competition performances:
Collaborator(s) Song Original artist
Lionel Richie and American Idol Top 10 "Dancing on the Ceiling" Lionel Richie
Jon Pardi "Dirt On My Boots" & "Night Shift" Jon Pardi
Kool & the Gang & American Idol Top 10 "Hollywood Swinging"/"Ladies' Night"/"Celebration" Kool & the Gang

Music career

Hardy released a three-song EP, In the Bayou, in 2018. Later that year he released the song "Blue Christmas".[20] Following his win on American Idol, his coronation song "Flame" was released on May 19, 2019.[21][22] He performed the single on The View in May 2019.[23] On September 20, 2019, Hardy announced his first headline tour, a 13-date tour taking place from November 14 through December 7, 2019, across the US.[24] He released two new songs, "Ground I Grew Up On" and "Let There Be Country", in April 2020,[25] and performed a cover of "Life Is A Highway" on American Idol in May 2020.[26]

His single "Tiny Town" was released in July 2020, following his recovery from COVID-19.[27] A holiday single, a cover of "Please Come Home For Christmas" followed in September.[28] While "Tiny Town" was sent to radio, Hardy released another single "Other LA" to streaming services.[29]

Following a couple televised performances (including the 2020 National Tree Lighting Ceremony), Hardy released a new single "Memorize You" in May 2021.[30] The song garnered positive reviews and gained popularity after his performance on ABC's The Bachelor series.[31] A follow-up single "Authentic" was released in July,[32] leading to the announcement of his debut album Here's To Anyone a few weeks later. The album was released on September 17th.[33]



Title Details
Here's To Anyone

Extended plays

Title Details
In the Bayou


Title Year Peak chart positions Album

"Blue Christmas"
2018 Non-album singles
"Flame" 2019 8
"Ground I Grew Up On" 2020 Here's To Anyone
"Let There Be Country"
"Tiny Town"
"Other LA"
“Memorize You” 2021 41


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  2. ^ "Laine Hardy Releases New Songs 'Ground I Grew Up On' And 'Let There Be Country' Sounds Like Nashville". 10 April 2020. Retrieved 2020-05-14.
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  4. ^ Pam Windsor. "'American Idol' Winner Laine Hardy Releases New Music". Retrieved 2020-05-14.
  5. ^ "'American Idol' winner Laine Hardy almost didn't return to ABC show". Retrieved 2020-05-14.
  6. ^ Carena Liptak (2018-01-03). "'American Idol' Champ Laine Hardy Takes Victory Lap With 'Flame'". Retrieved 2020-05-14.
  7. ^ Billy Dukes. "LISTEN: Laine Hardy Drops 'Flame' After 'American Idol' Win". Retrieved 2020-05-14.
  8. ^ Scott, Mike (13 May 2019). "Laine Hardy of 'American Idol' to get hometown hero treatment this week". The Times-Picayune. Retrieved 22 May 2019.
  9. ^ "Laine Hardy's Family & Girlfriend: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know". Heavy. 19 May 2019.
  10. ^ Laine Hardy (2019-06-03). "Laine Hardy on Twitter: "I’ve had a lot of people ask what nationality I am and I’m here to explain it - so my grand mother is from Seoul and she’s full Korean so that makes me quarter Korean :)"". Retrieved 2020-05-14.
  11. ^ Chawla, Kiran (May 14, 2019). "Laine Hardy returns to alma mater, French Settlement High, for special pep rally". WAFB9.
  12. ^ "Tennessee whiskey Kyle Hardy". Taste of Country.
  13. ^ Wloszczyna, Susan (May 20, 2019). "From shy teen to bold winner of 'American Idol': 7 things you don't know about newly crowned Laine Hardy". Gold Derby.
  14. ^ Dixon, Marcus James (March 16, 2019). "Country star Laine Hardy would be 3rd person to win 'American Idol' after being eliminated in a prior season". Gold Derby.
  15. ^ Dukes, Billy (April 19, 2019). "Who Is Laine Hardy? 'American Idol' Favorite Won't Be Confined". Taste of Country.
  16. ^ Dugan, Christina (20 May 2019). "Laine Hardy Recalls the Nerve-Wracking Moment Before Being Crowned Winner of American Idol". People. Retrieved 22 May 2019.
  17. ^ Ryan, Patrick (21 May 2019). "Laine Hardy talks his 'American Idol' win, Elvis influence and 'Vampire Diaries' obsession". USA Today. Retrieved 22 May 2019.
  18. ^ Finn, Heather (16 May 2019). "A Look at 'American Idol' Finalist Laine Hardy's Complicated History With the Show". Good Housekeeping. Retrieved 22 May 2019.
  19. ^ Whitaker, Sterling (May 19, 2019). "Laine Hardy Wins 'American Idol'". Taste of Country.
  20. ^ "Laine Hardy: 5 Things About 'American Idol' Season 17 Winner". Hollywood Life. 19 May 2019. Retrieved 22 May 2019.
  21. ^ Hudak, Joseph (May 20, 2019). "See 'American Idol' Winner Laine Hardy Duet With Jon Pardi on Season Finale". Rolling Stone.
  22. ^ Liptak, Carena (May 20, 2019). "'American Idol' Champ Laine Hardy Takes Victory Lap With 'Flame'". The Boot.
  23. ^ Bergeron, Judy. "American Idol Laine Hardy gets new jacket from 'The View' hosts, advice from Whoopi". The Advocate. Retrieved 22 May 2019.
  24. ^ "Laine Hardy Announces Fall Headline Tour". Music Mayhem. 20 September 2019. Retrieved 25 September 2019.
  25. ^ "'American Idol' Winner Laine Hardy Releases New Music". Forbes. April 10, 2020.
  26. ^ Hermanson, Wendy (May 10, 2020). "Laine Hardy Returns to 'American Idol,' Performs 'Life Is a Highway'". Taste of Country.
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  34. ^ "Digital Song Sales". Billboard. June 1, 2019. Retrieved 2019-05-29.

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