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American Idol Winner Laine Hardy Launches Into the Opry

After years of preparation and hard work, American Idol winner Laine Hardy is finally ready to enter the country music spotlight. On Friday he released his debut album, Here’s to Anyone, into stores nationwide.

In an interview with PEOPLE magazine, Hardy discussed his journey from temporary fame on American Idol to full-time country artistdom. The 21-year-old singer said that in order to succeed in music, he needed to transcend the momentary accolades that came with winning American Idol.

Hardy may not see himself as a “superstar” yet, but he knows success is on its way. To stay true to himself and those “Southern manners” that have been part of his life for so long, Hardy must stay true to both his music and Southern manners.

Hardy dreams of touring the world with his band in the future and plans to keep creating and releasing music.

His debut album, Here’s to Anyone, contains songs that are sure to catapult him to the top of country music’s charts. Produced by Michael Knox, the 11-song collection serves as an impressive introduction to 21-year-old’s style and talent.

At six years old, Louisiana native Justin started playing guitar. By his teenage years he was performing in clubs for up to six hours a night. His music style was greatly influenced by artists such as Luke Combs and Elvis Presley, according to Justin.

He began performing in local bars and clubs after his family relocated to Livingston, Louisiana where he still resides today. Staying true to his roots, many of his most popular songs are about growing up in Livingston.

He’s recently started touring in support of his debut album, including a headlining Monster Energy Outbreak Tour this summer. Additionally, he will soon perform on Country Now Live and will launch a free online livestream with CTRL MUSIC.

Laine has been an avid fan of the Grand Ole Opry since childhood, and he always dreamed of performing on its iconic stage. Last weekend, Laine joined fellow Idol alumni Lauren Alaina and mentor Bobby Bones onstage at Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry.

Laine, a proud Louisiana native, donned a custom brown suit that paid tribute to his state’s history and culture. Ranger Stitch embellished the garment with intricately embroidered designs of tiger designed in traditional Korean style, alligators, as well as Magnolias (the official flower of Louisiana).

Laine will embark on the Monster Energy Outbreak Tour this summer with Chris Bandi, Kylie Frey and Wyatt McCubbin. The tour begins July 22 in Delaware and concludes in November.

Meanwhile, he’s got an exciting new project in the works. He’s joined The Bachelorette to release a song that was featured on Monday’s episode of the show.

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