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Luke Bryan Praises HunterGirl’s ‘Magic Sound’ After ‘Heartbreak Down’ Performance On ‘American Idol’


From the moment viewers first met HunterGirl on american idolit was clear that she was going to go far in the competition and that is certainly the case after her performance in the Top 20.

Before taking the stage to showcase her country voice with an original song, Huntergirl opened up about her career working with music therapy veterans. She shared how she helps them overcome PTSD through music and songwriting.

“Songwriting is a big part of my life,” she shared and vowed to dedicate her life to singing songs for people who need to hear them.

The Tennessee native and Middle Tennessee State University alum then took the stage to perform an original song called “Heartbreak Down.”

The air finds Huntergirl confidently overcoming a breakup and putting herself first.

“But I’ll ease this heartbreak / Get back on my own two feet / Start walking and talking and finally do what’s best for me / It gets worse before it gets better / And yeah, your memory might last forever / but piece by piece, I’m fixing things somehow,” she sang.

The Idol judges were blown away by every aspect of Huntergirl’s performance.

“First of all, what you do for veterans is profound. Second, it’s an original song. That’s when you pull out those tricks, because you’re an artist. I put my money on you girl,” Katy Perry gushed.

“I mean, when you start singing, it just sounds like papa gum country radio… It’s a real serious papa gum,” Luke Bryan added with a laugh. “You just have that magical sound and then write songs to back it up, the sky’s the limit, I see your future, thank you for coming here and playing a great original.”

Lionel Richie went on to praise Huntergirl’s songwriting skills.

“If I had to find a word to give you your place here, it’s [that] you are a natural,” Richie added. “As a writer, I’m giving you an A+ with that one because I sing the second verse and I realize, wait a minute, that’s an original. It’s so relatable. Luke said it right, enjoy the ride.

“It feels really good,” the contestant said after her original song was praised by the Idol judges.

Regarding the inspiration behind the track, Huntergirl told host Ryan Seacrest, “Well I just thought I wasn’t going to let my heart break, just saying, I’m going through and it won’t. It’s not going to be easy, but I’ll get through this and I think everyone needs to hear that sometimes.

Huntergirl and her Top 20 comrades are vying for a spot in the Top 14, which will be revealed on Monday, April 18.

To vote for Huntergirl, visit AmericanIdol.com/VoteText 11 to 21523 or use the american idol application. Voting opens when the show ends and is open until 9 a.m. EST.

american idol airs Sundays and Mondays at 8/7c on ABC.

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