JD Hardy grew up in a musical family in Bakersfield, CA, and was immersed in Country Music and Country Gospel from a young age. Today, he credits icons like Hank Williams Jr., Waylon Jennings, and hometown country music superstar, Merle Haggard - along with rock and blues – as his biggest influences.
Hardy’s signature sound captured the attention of former Curb Records president and VP for Motown Records, legendary producer Ray Ruff, who signed JD to a deal with Sony Nashville in 2005. Tragically, Ruff suffered a heart attack and passed suddenly just two months after starting work on Hardy’s album, leaving a huge void in the project and a major setback. After taking some time to deal with the loss, the resilient Hardy regrouped, refocused, and inked a new deal with Castle Records for his self-titled debut album. He released the singles Rebels With A Cause (2013), and Country Saves Me (2016) independently.
Known for his high-energy performances, huge stage presence, and one of a kind voice, Hardy has opened for acts like Mark Chesnutt, Trace Adkins, Easton Corbin, Swan Brothers, Randy Houser and Tyler Farr.
In addition to his music pursuits, JD is a firm believer in giving back to the community. He is proud to have raised more than $200K for organizations like the American Cancer Society, Relay For Life, Band Of Brother, Welcome Home Military Heroes, and Saint Jude.
Hardy’s latest album, C’mon Back, was recorded and produced by Dean Miller Entertainment in Nashville, and will be released in July, 2021.