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A singer/songwriter who blends the honest lyrics of classic country with the swagger of hip-hop and the insistent hookiness of pop, HARDY is a Nashville star for the 2020s and beyond. Born in Philadelphia, MS, in 1990, Michael Hardy moved to Nashville in the early 2010s; he signed his first publishing deal in 2014 and had his first charting hit three years later, when Morgan Wallen recorded his track “Up Down.” Wallen’s collaborators on that boat-party-minded jam, the duo Florida Georgia Line, liked HARDY’s style, and they released his strummy love song “Simple” as a single in 2018. While writing songs for FGL and other Nashville superstars like Blake Shelton, HARDY embarked on a solo career, releasing his first EP, THIS OLE BOY, in 2018, and following that up with the EP WHERE TO FIND ME in 2019. Later that year, his first full-length, the boisterous HIXTAPE, Vol. 1, showed off his versatility, his appreciation of 21st-century country’s anything-goes mindset, and his contact list—he snagged cameos from Keith Urban, Thomas Rhett, Lauren Alaina, and other big names. HARDY’s first proper solo album, A ROCK, came out a year later, placing him front and center, with the honky-tonk sing-along “UNAPOLOGETICALLY COUNTRY AS HELL” summing up his songwriting aesthetic—and the reason his writing has been so in demand since he landed in Nashville.

Philadelphia, MS, United States
September 13, 1990
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