Country music hasn’t been exempt from the coronavirus pandemic. In addition to claiming the lives of Joe Diffie and John Prine, artists like Asleep At The Wheel’s Ray Benson, Runaway June’s Jennifer Wayne and rising star Kalie Shorr, have battled the virus. Now we have learned that season 17’s American Idol winner, Laine Hardy, has contracted COVID-19.
Laine broke the news in a brief post on his Facebook page saying, “This wasn’t what I expected on the first day of summer. My doctor confirmed I have Coronavirus, but my symptoms are mild and I’m home recovering in quarantine. Y’all stay safe & healthy!”
The news comes as Nashville continues its reopening plan while the number of positive cases of COVID-19 continues to increase.
Like his country music peers, Laine’s 2020 summer touring season was heavily impacted by the raging coronavirus. Like others, he has taken his concerts to the virtual stage and even performed on the American Idol finale virtually. Laine has also released new music for his fans to enjoy until he drops a new album.
The 19-year-old from Louisiana originally didn’t intend on auditioning for season 17 of American Idol. He had previously auditioned for season 16, but only made it to the Top 50. He returned during season 17’s auditions to play guitar for his friend. When the judges recognized him, they asked him to play and sing for them, then gave him a golden ticket to Hollywood.
He recently released “Ground I Grew Up On” and “Let There Be Country” to streaming and download services.
We wishe Laine a speedy recovery.