‘American Idol’ Top 7 Release New Original Songs, Music Videos

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Earlier this week, the American Idol Top 7 teased their new original songs, and now they’re finally here for us to listen to, along with music videos that show the contestants in the recording studio. The singles were uploaded on each artist’s YouTube channel.

‘American Idol’ Top 7 Release Original Songs

The competition is narrowed down to the Top 5 now, consisting of Fritz Hager, HunterGirl, Leah Marlene, Nicolina, and Noah Thompson. But last week’s eliminated contestants Christian Guardino and Jay also had a chance to record new singles.

Fritz Hager, ‘Hearts Align’

Fritz’s new song is called “Hearts Align.” I commented after hearing the teaser that the song sounded reminiscent of Fritz’s idol Phillip Phillips. The full song definitely has that vibe, but Fritz puts his own style into it.

“Hold me up, I’m sinking / Oh, I know your heart isn’t mine / I can’t stop this feeling / Take me back to when our hearts align,” Fritz sings on the song’s chorus. He’s already performed several original songs on the show, and this is another one for fans to enjoy before he takes the stage again.

HunterGirl, ‘Red Bird’

HunterGirl’s song is called “Red Bird.” The Platinum Ticket winner said on Instagram that it’s “one of the most personal songs I’ve ever written.” She said her mother told her red birds were signs that lost loved ones were looking after us.

The song shows off the singer’s signature country style, with a music video featuring family photos. On Friday morning, HunterGirl celebrated on social media that the song had reached No. 7 on the iTunes Country Chart.

Leah Marlene, ‘Flowers’

Leah’s song is called “Flowers.” She called it “an encouragement to my past self.” The inspiring track is backed by acoustic guitar, and the music video superimposes images of flowers over Leah’s recording session.

“‘Cause even the pavement gives way to the flowers / When you’re six feet under it’s hard to hear the fracture / New life is growing in the layers you’ve shed,” Leah sings in the chorus, which shows off the voice that’s brought her all the way to the Top 5.


Nicolina, ‘Glitter’

Nicolina’s song is called “Glitter.” It’s an emotional track about the experience of grief. On Friday morning, the singer celebrated on Instagram after the song reached No. 1 on the iTunes Singer/Songwriter Chart.

“See grief, it’s just like glitter / It’s hard to brush away / Bright light and it still shimmers / Like it was yesterday,” Nicolina sings, showing off her amazing range and ability to imbue emotion into her performances.

Noah Thompson, ‘One Day Tonight’

Noah’s song is called “One Day Tonight.” It’s a romantic song that shows off the singer’s classic country style. On Friday morning, Noah posted on Instagram that the song had reached No. 3 on the iTunes Country Chart.

“So go on, girl / Pour a glass of wine / And dream aloud, talk about / One day tonight,” Noah sings in the song’s chorus. The sweet track is about a couple looking forward to their future together. The video features appearances from fellow contestants HunterGirl and Jay.

Christian Guardino, ‘Higher’

Christian’s song is called “Higher.” Although the singer didn’t make it into the American Idol Top 5, he still got the chance to record and release the song, which is a soulful ballad that shows off Christian’s great voice.

“So won’t you hold me, pull me closer / Take me higher tonight,” Christian sings in the song’s chorus. “No, don’t you hurt me, bring me closer / Take me higher this time.”

Jay, ‘Unlonely’

Jay’s song is called “Unlonely.” Along with Christian, this Platinum Ticket winner was eliminated from the American Idol Top 7 last week, but he was still able to record this song that’s sure to have fans dancing along. As he said on Instagram, “We are unlonely all summer long.”

“We can get a little unlonely,” Jay sings in the track’s chorus, which has an addictive beat. He posted on Instagram that the song had reached No. 4 on the iTunes R&B Chart.

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