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Laine Hardy part ways with label: “Forever Grateful”

american idol Season 17 Winner Wool Hardy parted ways with his record label, Disney Music Group, as well as 19 Entertainment. The “Memorize You” singer shared the news on Thursday (October 20) and said he can’t wait to take his career “in a new direction.”

“I was barely 17 when I first tried american idoland at the time, I could never have imagined where I was going,” he wrote, thinking back to his first Idol audition in 2018. “Since then I’ve been able to tour across America, play for our troops in Asia, and gain new fans in Europe. I’ve had to grow up fast and learn even more about myself each day.”

He continues, confirming his separation from Disney Music Group and 19 Entertainment and sharing his hope for the future:

“The teams at 19 Entertainment and Disney Music Group have given me so much support and guidance and I will be forever grateful. And now it’s time for me to take my career in a new direction and I’m finding out . Stay tuned for what’s to come. Love you all.”

Hardy first appeared on american idol in season 16. He reached the Top 50 before being cut, and in season 17 he returned to the audition scene to play backup guitar for his friend Ashton Gill. After judges Luke Bryan, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie acknowledged him, however, he was encouraged to audition a second time. He ended up winning the trophy at the end of the season.

Following his first american idol period, Hardy released an EP titled In the Bayou in 2018. After his victory, he released his first album, Here’s to everyone, with Buena Vista Records (under Disney Music Group) and 19 Entertainment. Notable singles from this project included “Ground I Grew Up On”, “Let There Be Country”, and “Other LA”.

Hardy was the subject of controversy in the spring of 2022 when he received an arrest warrant of the Louisiana State University Police Department for allegedly placing a recording device in a woman’s dormitory. The singer wrote at the time that he was “fully cooperative” with the police investigation.

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