Buena Vista Records / Industrial Media’s 19 Recordings artist Laine Hardy stepped into the circle for the first time last night for his Grand Ole Opry debut. The Louisiana native shared the iconic stage with fellow American Idol alums Lauren Alaina and mentor Bobby Bones, along with Michael Ray, Rodney Crowell and more. Laine received a rousing welcome from the audience, including throngs of friends, family, and fans who made the trip from all over the country to cheer him on. Laine wore a special suit designed and embroidered by Ranger Stitch for the milestone moment. An homage to his heritage as a native Louisianan and his Korean roots, the jacket features many of his home state’s most iconic images; magnolias, alligator, and a tiger designed in traditional Korean style.
Hardy performed “Authentic,” and “Other LA,” both from his forthcoming debut albumHere’s To Anyone, set to release on September 17. Here’s To Anyone, which is produced by Michael Knox (Jason Aldean), features songs from some of Nashville’s biggest hitmakers and is available to pre-order/pre-save/pre-add now at https://smarturl.it/HeresToAnyone.
Laine is currently headlining his Monster Energy Outbreak tour with dates throughout the fall. Tickets and information may be found at lainehardymusic.com/tour. Laine is currently making plans to help as Hurricane Ida makes landfall in his home state. More details may be found on his socials.
ABOUT LAINE HARDY
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 20-year old made his Grand Ole Oprydebut on Saturday, August 28 and just kicked off his Monster Energy Outbreak headlining tour with dates running through the end of the year. Tickets and information may be found at lainehardymusic.com/tour.
Laine’s debut album, Here’s To Anyone, will be out on September 17. 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.
For more information about Laine Hardy, visit LaineHardyMusic.com and join his journey @TheLaineHardy.