American Idol Judge Luke Bryan Shares What He Loves About Mentoring Young Talent And How He Tries To Connect With All The Fans
Luke Bryan is a man with a very busy schedule. He is judged american idol every spring for the past five years, he’s had his Raised Up Right tour, he’s got dates in Las Vegas, he’s always releasing new music, and now he’s touring the farm.
This particular farm tour is sponsored by the National Pork Board, which was an organization that Luke didn’t know about, but he decided it was the perfect fit for him because, as a result of his upbringing on a farm in Georgia, Luke understands the hard work involved in farming.
“The beauty of the Farm Tour is that we have interesting partners,” said Luke Parade.com in this exclusive interview. “I’m really happy to be partnering with them and bringing their message that pig farming isn’t what you think it is, and anyone with preconceived notions of what pig farming looks like is very , very different from what you might expect when you look at how clean they are and how ethically they are run. I am happy to pass this word on to anyone who might think otherwise.
Along with the fact that Luke grew up on a farm, his music also seems like a natural fit for a Farm Tour, including his new song Country activated, meaning he is able to modify his set list to reflect his audience.
“I have a song called Here’s to the farmer, so we used the hashtag a lot here for the farmers campaign,” he explained. “A lot of times I put more rural songs in this set just to make it even closer to the fans. It’s about setting the mood and making sure all the fans really connect in the moment.
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Touring has also become a family affair for Luke, who with his wife Caroline Boyer has sons Thomas14, and Tatum12 years old, who often join him on the road.
“For me, touring is a lot more relaxed,” Luke said. “I learned all aspects of it and I feel really comfortable up there. I’m having more fun than ever on tour because I can be relaxed and chill and just connect with the fans and make sure they’re having a good time.”
But in the spring of 2023, the tour will come to a halt, or at least slow down, while Luke returns for the sixth season of american idol on ABC, again joining Lionel Richie and Katy Perry at the judges’ desk in search of the next singing sensation. Idol currently organizes producer auditions for new talent, and sometimes Luke contributes.
« Megane [Michaels Wolflick], our showrunner, she sends several text messages to the group: “Get ready, we have great talent coming,” he said. “A lot of times I’ll be on TikTok or Instagram and see a kid singing and playing and send them a link. So we’re all working like one big happy family to make the best show. That’s what we’re always working towards. »
During our chat with Luke, we also talked about why he loves mentoring new talent and his upcoming return as host of this year’s Country Music Association Awards (CMAs).
You have released a new song, but you are not one of the authors of it. With your busy schedule, how do you find time to make new music?
Well, with me, I write as many songs as I can. When I have the right idea, I try to write a great song. But then I like to rely on the Nashville songwriter community to send me songs. It’s all about the right song, whether I write it or someone sends it to me or sends it to me from my publishing house, it’s just about trying to release a song that I really believe in . my art for the rest of my life. Me writing a bad song and putting one of the bad songs I wrote on an album is not something I want to do. I always want to have the best music on the albums and connect with the fans.
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What do you like about mentoring new talent? ‘Cause it’s not just something you do american idol, it’s also something you’ve done in real life. Cole Swindell is an example of someone you encouraged.
My thing is I remember the joy of when my career really started to take off, I remember that feeling and how special that feeling is and how fun it is. So anytime I can help someone feel that way and become famous, I really, really enjoy that role. Cole is definitely on a rocket ship right now with a real hot song. No one is happier for Cole than me.
Chayce Beckham is another example.
Chayce Beckham works with my manager. Chayce and I have become quite close. Later, I’m sure we’ll try to do some gigs together. But Chayce is a great artist and definitely this year’s winner Noah [Thompson]any of those guys that go through the gauntlet of Idol and get into country music, I have nothing but respect for them and wish them the best.
Noah and HunterGirl are going on a tour together. How proud are you of the talent you’ve chosen so far? Even though America votes on the final results, you and Lionel and Katy pick the people they get to choose from.
I think it’s really fun to go through the talents and try to help them and see them grow. When you have a kid coming in who’s pretty green and pretty shy and doesn’t know anything, and we take them from point A to point B and then they can make their career the way they want…it’s not because you win means your ticket is punched. You still have to go out there and earn it. It is certainly very, very gratifying to be behind this judgment table and to help them. It’s hard to tell them when they’re not ready, but they need to hear it. Telling them when they’re ready is pretty special.
Also, you will soon be welcoming the CMAs again, for the second year in a row. But this time you will have a co-host, Peyton Manning. Are you friends?
Yeah, we’re pretty good buddies. We’ve known each other for probably over 10 years now and have done charity stuff together. We did a few golf trips together. I know Peyton well enough to know that he has a deep love and appreciation for country music, and he’s been a champion of it for years. The main thing is just being up there on stage with him is going to be awesome because he likes to cut and not take himself too seriously. I think it’s going to be a great musical evening. Glad to have him as a co-host.
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Is it easier to have a co-host? Do you feel that the tasks are shared?
Yeah, that’ll take the pressure off a bit. All the pressure was on me last year, and I proved I could do it on my own. But I think it adds more dynamic to have a co-host up there. It’s gonna be fun.
You are twice winner of the CMA Entertainer of the Year award. It’s a great honour. Why would this award perhaps stand out from some others?
Being Artist of the Year encompasses so many levels and sub-categories. Being Artist of the Year at the end of the year means you went out and worked like crazy, connected with fans, and touched every aspect of your career outside of it. of the park. So when you win one, it’s pretty rewarding. It’s the greatest honor I’ve ever had. When I look back and say I actually got a CMA Entertainer of the Year award, that’s something I can put on my bucket list and hold my head up forever and say really my prayers that I have some of these things.
What is your favorite thing about watching the CMA show? Is it performance? Is it seeing old friends? Will this introduce Peyton to country music people?
I think when you watch the CMAs, it’s about certain artists that really take their careers to a new level that night. When you look how Chris Stapleton introduced himself to the world and became Chris Stapleton on the CMAs. My first performance of “Country Girl Shake It For Me” took my career to another level. So when you’re on stage there and putting on a dynamic performance, you can really take your career to a new level. That’s what’s special about hosting, watching those moments happen.
It’s really interesting that you say that because you have to have a certain level of career to get on that stage and make those moments happen.
Yeah, getting on that stage is a huge accomplishment. When you’re able to take that moment and take the limelight and turn it into something more special, that’s what it’s all about.
There are so many special moments for country music artists, like being invited to join the Grand Ole Opry or getting a Grammy. Do you think country music is more present than in the past?
I think country music has definitely proven itself as a form of global music and certainly as a form of national music. I think like people can download music to their phone and they can make their own playlists, if you’re a country music artist that’s put on everyone’s playlist who listens to all the forms of music, that’s the goal. Being your own artist and selling your own art brings you success because you are one of a kind. I think the CMAs are about showcasing these unique artists.
Is popcorn really your favorite snack? You made this Luke Bryan Boldly Grown popcorn earlier this summer, which sold out.
Well, yeah, I always said my guilty pleasure was popcorn and movie popcorn. We partnered with Fendt tractors, and we did, and it sold out so quickly. I’m sure he’ll potentially be back by popular demand, but there were a lot of very angry fans that they couldn’t get my popcorn.
Again, it was for the farmers. So you seem to have a theme going there.
Well, we were able to donate $25,000 to Future Farmers of America.
Here are the dates for Luke’s Farm Tour 2022:
9/15 Monroeville, IN Highland Farms
9/16 Mechanicsburg, OH SpringFork Farms
9/17 Fowlerville, MI Kubiak Family Farms
9/22 Murdock, NE Stock Hay & Grain Farm
9/23 Boone, IA Farm Ziel
9/24 Eyota, MN Gar-Lin Dairy Products
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