LAUREL WRIGHT

I'm from Maryville Tennessee, a beautiful little city nestled in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. I started singing in church when I was just 3 years old. At age 10, the loss of my great papaw inspired me to pick up my first guitar, and with mom's help, I wrote my first song. During my sophomore year of high school, I got really serious about my music. It quickly became apparent to me that I would need to devote hours per day to practice and writing. I wanted to focus more on my music, which led me to quit the high school basketball team and become homeschooled. At age 16, I was the youngest winner (a record that stands to this day) of the Texaco Country Showdown. That specific year, about 50,000 people nationwide entered the competition. Out of those 50,000, the top five would perform their original music on the Ryman Auditorium Stage. LeAnn Rimes hosted the event and I won the grand prize of $100,000. The day after I turned 19, I moved to Nashville. I worked as a restaurant hostess while pursuing my goal of earning a full-time music career. In less than a year, I was able to accomplish just that alongside guitarist Wesley Lunsford. I've been a semi finalist on American Idol Season 13 and 14 and in the final Season 15 I made it into the top 48. Wes and I have opened for some amazing artists: Sara Evans, Randy Houser, Scotty McCreery, The Band Perry, Joe Nichols, and more. 

Meeting Wes was a serious game-changer for me and my music career. When my former lead guitarist backed out of a gig at the last minute, my drummer said he knew "a guy named Wes". From the first moment I heard Wes play, I've never wanted another guitarist. He's not only one of the most talented people I've ever met, but also one of the most hardworking people I've ever worked with. Wes was my lead guitar player for about a year and a half before I moved to Nashville. Just before I moved, Wes told me he wanted to be a part of anything and everything in which I was involved. We haven't played a show without each other in over a year, we write all of our songs together and he brings something completely unique to our songs.