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Laine Hardy biography: 13 things about ‘American Idol’ Season 17 winner


Laine Reed Hardy is a singer from Louisiana, United States. Here are 13 more things about him:


  1. He was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana to Barry Hardy and Cindy Lou Hardy. Barry is a general contractor for DH Construction LLC, a construction company in Livingston, Livingston Parish, Louisiana. The mother of Cindy Lou, a real estate agent, is from Seoul, South Korea.
  2. He has an older brother named Kyle Hardy and an older sister named Brittany Hardy Banta, who is married to Kevin Banta. Brittany and Kevin have three daughters namely Demi Banta, Braylon Banta and Brielle Banta
  3. He was raised in Livingston.
  4. In 2008, he learned to play the guitar.
  5. In 2014, he performed in bars and restaurants in Louisiana in a band with his brother and cousins called the Band Hardy.
  6. In 2018, he graduated from French Settlement High School in French Settlement, Louisiana. In the same year, he auditioned for “American Idol” Season 16 and finished in the Top 50 and released an extended play titled “In the Bayou“.
  7. In 2019, he accompanied his friend Ashton Gill to play guitar at her audition for “American Idol” Season 17 and was encouraged by judges Lionel Richie, Katy Perry and Luke Bryan to audition again. He was Sydney Becnel‘s boyfriend when he won the competition but they broke up before 2019 ended. In the same year, he started dating Gracie Lee.
  8. In 2020, he released the songs “Ground I Grew Up On“, “Let There Be Country” and “Tiny Town“. In the same year, he, his bodyguard Patrick Bedwell and his then girlfriend Sydney Taylor tested positive for the new coronavirus (COVID-19). She was attending Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge and was the reigning Miss Louisiana Teen USA that year.
  9. In May 2021, he released his song “Memorize You“.
  10. In July 2021, he released his song “Authentic“.
  11. On September 17, 2021, he released his debut album “Here’s to Anyone“.
  12. He was accused by a female Louisiana State University student of bugging her room with a VR-500 voice-activated audio recorder. According to her, she discovered the device on April 6, 2022. She filed a complaint on April 7, 2022 and told police that she dated him from November 2021 through February 2022.
  13. He was 21 years old and a Livingston Parish resident when the Louisiana State University Police Department arrested him on April 29, 2022. Represented by C. Frank Holthaus, he was charged with interception and disclosure of wire, electronic or oral communication and booked the into East Baton Rouge Parish Prison.

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