About HunterGirl: HunterGirl is a country singer/songwriter originally from Gruetli-Laager, Tennessee. She began performing in her grandfather’s church at age three, and started writing songs at age nine. At the age of eleven, she moved with her family to Winchester, Tennessee and started performing at her local church and competing in various singing competitions. In her early teens, she started performing at venues across the United States, and won the 2014 Texaco Country Showdown at age fifteen. After graduating high school, she moved to Nashville and immediately started playing her signature Ovation guitar at gigs in downtown venues such as Tootsie’s, Rippy’s, Crazy Town, Jason Aldean’s Bar, The Listening Room, and HonkyTonk Central, while also earning her college degree at Middle TN State University’s Music Business School.
With all her accomplishments and having just turned twenty-three, HunterGirl is on track to be the next big female artist from Music City. Her talent, tenacity, and heart of gold, make her a good bet to deliver hit songs for years to come.
About Noah Thompson: People pulled for Noah Thompson when the Kentucky-born construction worker couldn’t
pull for himself. Some dreams simply seem out of reach when the limitations of growing up in a small town and the responsibilities of a one-year-old named Walker, make superstardom seem distant and meant for someone else. But America believed wholeheartedly in what Thompson
couldn’t imagine for himself. The current American Idol winner embodies the spirit of Country music: overcoming adversity and the odds to achieve widespread acclaim and the hearts of millions. This is more than a CinderNoah story; this is the culmination of an “American (Idol) Dream.” Before he was performing for 2.5 million television viewers, Thompson was singing for a rag-tag crew of a half dozen construction workers framing houses near his hometown of Louisa, KY (population 2,852).
Likeable, humble, funny and clearly talented, Thompson was one of their own. One of the guys on the crew, whom Thompson had only known a couple months, decided to do something about it and submitted him for the American Idol auditions in Austin, Texas. “When he signed me up, it was a big ‘No,’ recalled Thompson, who had never been on a plane prior to the auditions. “I really didn’t want him to do it. I could never really picture myself
doing something like that. Being in that environment, surrounded by famous people like Luke Bryan and all them, it didn’t seem realistic to me.”
Bolstered by the American Idol judges’ confidence in his talent and the nation’s overwhelming support, the early fan-favorite’s humble and kind demeanor instantly connected with fans, and when he put his rough-hewn Country vocals on Rihanna’s R&B smash hit “Stay” during the “showstopper round,” the rising star had his ultimate breakout moment. The natural break in his vocals added a depth of emotion and an authentic ache to the song.
“People love that song, and I’m happy people are still loving it,” Thompson said. And they’re loving it so much so, he’s releasing his rendition of “Stay” on July 29 – the song that changed his trajectory on the show and proved why he deserved to be named the winner
of this year’s American Idol.