American Idol Season 20 Top 5 finalist, Fritz Hager is an “indie guy” in his own words, a rock n’ roll maverick who spans pop, punk, and whatever Matty Healy is. He just released a new track, “Caroline.” Check out the full track and review below!
Fritz Hager Background
Hager’s Texan upbringing unequivocally fostered his love of music. He grew up a typical preacher’s kid, not just in the pews with the parishioners but in the stands with the singers. It was there with the choir that he developed his ear; and soon he would find his voice. Hager picked up his first guitar in the sixth grade and started writing. His cultural milieu began to evolve with an introduction to the theatre. Hager went on to study the form at Oklahoma City University, but realized after one semester that he was not the conventional college type.
He auditioned for Season 20 of American Idol where he made his mark as a judge and fan favorite, peaking at Top 5. While on the show, music from his debut EP topped the iTunes Charts. True to his independent nature, the self-titled project was entirely crowd-funded. This success story was quickly followed by his single “Hearts Align,” which reached #5 on the Alternative Charts. He wrapped his Idol career with a performance of the song on Live with Kelly and Ryan.
Since then, Hager has taken to the road. Hager has supported Maddie Poppe and Leah Marlene, and embarked on the all-Idol co-headline “Don’t Blink Tour.” He’s also been hard at work in the studio, writing and teasing new music. He just released his second single, “Caroline,” which tells the fictitious story of a one-night-stand, a drama wherein which the main male character forgets the name of his heroine acquaintance. This comedic rendition about the world’s worst hangover is like if 3OH!3 wrote the score for Dude, Where’s My Car?.
The new track is really well done. I love the indie/alt pop vibe of it. The instrumentals are compelling and pairs well with his vocals. He has such a powerful voice, which is showcased throughout the entire single. His range is absolutely impressive. This is a stunning performance that deserves to be added to to your playlists. While you are at it, check out the rest of his discography below!
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Jerrett Franklin grew up in a small town, he moved to Nashville to pursue a music career. After writing for a few different artists in the area, he decided to branch out and give local music the spotlight. That is where the idea for Music On The Rox originated from. We are dedicated to shining a light on local music and giving a voice to those who aren’t being heard.