Born on September 13, 1990, Hardy – whose real name is Michael Wilson Hardy – is carving his own path in country music. But did you know the rising country star originally had no plans of pursuing a career as an artist? Luckily, the possibility manifested itself, and Hardy knows he would have been a fool to ignore it.
The 29-year-old Philadelphia, Mississippi native, attended Middle Tennessee State University, where he majored in songwriting. When he moved to Nashville, Tennessee, he pursued songwriting and started as a writing partner of the country duo Florida Georgia Line – who recorded seven of his songs for their 2019 album Can’t Say I Ain’t Country.
Eventually, Hardy made a name for himself as a songwriter, thanks to hits like Florida Georgia Line’s “Simple,” Morgan Wallen’s “More Than My Hometown,” as well as Blake Shelton’s “God’s Country” and “Hell Right.”
But in 2018, the songwriter got the much-needed encouragement from a Big Loud producer, who offered to produce his album. Hardy then released an EP titled “This Ole Boy” that same year, which he promoted by joining Wallen’s If I Know Me Tour. He followed it up with his 2019 single “Rednecker” and then broke new ground in 2020 with his highly praised debut album, “A Rock.”
Today, Hardy is seeing success on his own terms. He earned three nominations from this year’s Country Music Awards for his No. 1 hit single “One Beer,” featuring Laren Alaina and Kevin Dawson.
Hardy’s Girlfriend, Caleigh Ryan
In addition to being one of his biggest supporters, the country hitmaker said his girlfriend, Caleigh Ryan is also his biggest critic – she does not hold back in telling the singer-songwriter what she thinks.
The couple has been together for more than two years. And just one look at Ryan’s social media account, you can easily tell that they’re head over heels in love with each other. The California native even flaunts a denim jacket with Hardy’s face on the back – talk about dedication!
Notable Hardy Songs
From: This Ole Boy (2018)
Hardy and a bunch of fellow songwriters teaming up in a cabin in Colorado gave us “Rednecker.” And the entire time they were writing it, they were like, “This is the dumbest thing.” Still, they ended up writing the whole lyric that evening, within just half an hour – without any music or acoustic guitar.
When they pitched the song, a few people put it on hold. In fact, a label wanted it for Blake Shelton. But Hardy knew it could be his “career song.” So, a few months later, the song was released as his debut single.
2. “One Beer” (featuring Lauren Alaina and Devin Dawson)
From: A Rock (2020)
“Rednecker” may have introduced him to the music scene, but it was “One Beer” that better embodies what Hardy does as a singer-songwriter. The song is actually about how life can go all crashing down and be right at the same time.
3. Give Heaven Some Hell
From: A Rock (2020)
The tear-jerking track is a hard-hitting anthem to best friends and even tougher goodbyes. Hardy co-wrote the song, hoping to help and give hope to all those who lost a friend or loved one. It came with an equally powerful video that features some of Hardy’s frequent collaborators.
We’re definitely hoping to hear more of Hardy!
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