He often tends to dye his hair in different shades. Our Louisiana guy Laine Hardy is still rocking on the hit ABC show, "American Idol."  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. Later that year he released the song "Blue Christmas". After she earned her ticket to Hollywood, the judges implored Hardy to perform for them. He started playing the guitar when he was seven years old and learned the intricacies of his preferred musical instrument for five years. Hardy was a student at French Settlement High School in Louisiana. Hardy has affirmed that when he was 17 years old, he had been able to develop his confidence as a performer along with totally revolutionize his personal look and style. Over the next few years, he would save every cent he could, finally gathering the $1300 he required to purchase his dream instrument that consisted of a G&L Legacy Sunburst electric guitar. A Louisiana native, Hardy started singing when he was in his mid-teens. 'American Idol' Favorite Won't Be Confined", "Laine Hardy Recalls the Nerve-Wracking Moment Before Being Crowned Winner of American Idol", "Laine Hardy talks his 'American Idol' win, Elvis influence and 'Vampire Diaries' obsession", "A Look at 'American Idol' Finalist Laine Hardy's Complicated History With the Show", "Laine Hardy: 5 Things About 'American Idol' Season 17 Winner", "See 'American Idol' Winner Laine Hardy Duet With Jon Pardi on Season Finale", "American Idol Laine Hardy gets new jacket from 'The View' hosts, advice from Whoopi", "Laine Hardy Announces Fall Headline Tour", "Laine Hardy Returns to 'American Idol,' Performs 'Life Is a Highway, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Laine_Hardy&oldid=984611402, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 21 October 2020, at 02:15. He has also released his own line of merchandise. When he heard the news that ‘American Idol’ was being revived for another season on ABC and they were coming to New Orleans to hold an audition, he thought this could be his chance. He returned to the show to play the guitar for one of his friends’ audition and ended up getting the ticket to Hollywood once more. While he did get through to the next round, he struggled throughout the competition, primarily due to the fact that he is a naturally shy person. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. He is self-admittedly a shy person and was nervous about performing in front of celebrities like Katy Perry, Luke Bryan, and Lionel Richie, who were serving as the judges on the revival. The judges praised him for his growth since the last time they had seen him and offered him a spot in the Hollywood Round. He has a brother Kyle, and an older sister, Brittany Banta. Laine Hardy Facts He began learning to play the guitar at the age of 8 when he had managed to convince his parents to buy him his first guitar from the local Walmart. During his first audition, he also stated that he loves to drive around in his truck. Laine Hardy (born September 12, 2000) is an American singer from Livingston, Louisiana and the season 17 winner of American Idol.  Although initially he did not sing, he was encouraged by his brother to sing. Country Rock, Country, Rock, Southern Rock, Pop Rock, Anthem Rock. Laine has a huge line of merchandise that has included everything from T-shirts printed with his catchphrase “Ain’t a Party Without a Hardy” to logo hats, guitar picks, koozies, phone grips, bumper stickers, as well as wrist bands. Early life. An avid hunter, Hardy never books any gigs during the hunting season. They have performed at various fairs, festivals, and bars. Laine Hardy considers Elvis Presley to be the biggest inspiration for him as a singer. Hardy gave his audition for the show on October 14, 2017, at Mardi Gras World. When he got back to his hometown, he started to put more effort into his music career.  He attended French Settlement High School and graduated in 2018. He would often drive deep into the woods and sing and play his guitar in utter solitude. Despite his exposure to the world of glamour in recent years, his home life is mostly comprised of “woods, swamp, wildlife.” When he is not singing, he is either hunting or fishing. He performed Band of Heathens’ ‘Hurricane’ and received positive votes from all three judges. His mother had given him the ring for Christmas saying she wanted him to always think about her, the horseshoe ring was that of the father of a family friend who had given it to him for good luck. He went to French Settlement High School, graduating in 2018. He would often go to the woods with his guitar and practice singing with no one around to hear him. He sang The Band’s ‘The Weight’. This not only helped him acquire a good taste in music but also built the foundation for musical diversity within him. 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. As he was growing up, he was exposed to old country, classic rock, swamp pop, and various other musical genres. He had even made the effort of correcting a tooth that had been damaged a few years back after a biking accident.  Following his win on American Idol, his coronation song "Flame" was released on May 19, 2019.  He released two new songs, "Ground I Grew Up On" and "Let There Be Country", in April 2020, and performed a cover of "Life Is A Highway" on American Idol in May 2020.
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