‘American Idol’s Fritz Hager Reveals ‘New Music Is Definitely Coming’ – Hollywood Life

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Fritz Hager was one of many standout artists of American Idol season 20, and he made all of it the best way to the highest 5. After witnessing Fritz’s expertise on Idol, it’s clear that is just the start for the Texas singer. Now that the present has come to an finish, Fritz desires to maintain the “momentum” going and kickstart the following chapter of his music profession.

HollywoodLife spoke EXCLUSIVELY with Fritz about new music sooner or later, and he promised that there’s some “undoubtedly coming” quickly. He additionally talked about his unimaginable followers, his future and inevitable collaboration with Leah Marlene, and people “humorous” courting rumors. Learn our Q&A under:

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Fritz Hager acting on ‘American Idol.’ (ABC)

Now that the season is over, how are you feeling about every part that’s occurred over the previous few months? 
Fritz Hager: It’s loopy. Proper now, it’s actually nearly maintaining this momentum going. I really feel like these subsequent couple of months will be actually necessary for my profession shifting ahead. So whereas I’m residence and resting, I’m additionally doing exhibits whereas I’m right here and making an attempt to form of keep within the enterprise that Idol had and keep locked into rising my profession.

You launched a brand new single known as “Hearts Align.” Do you could have new music popping out? An album? What are your plans? 
Fritz Hager: I’m going to be enjoying stay extra. I’m going to be within the studio much more. All that is taking place. Individuals can undoubtedly count on new music. I hope I can put out an album. I’ve at all times wished to do this and put out a complete physique of labor. It’s onerous to inform precisely what’s going to occur, however 100% new music is certainly coming.

Are you at all times somebody who’s writing down new materials?
Fritz Hager: I was writing all through all of my Idol expertise. I’ve written a number of songs in that lodge room. I actually can’t cease as a result of writing is my outlet. Idol could be very excessive stress, in order that was form of my coping mechanism for lots of the stress that got here my method. I’m at all times writing. I had the prospect to satisfy up with some cool individuals whereas I used to be in LA. There’s cool stuff on the road for certain.

Do you assume you’ll transfer to Los Angeles or Nashville? Are you simply enjoying it by ear? 
Fritz Hager: I’m form of enjoying it by ear. I do know I’m going to go away Texas. I do know that. LA and Nashville, it’s like a coin flip nearly. It actually simply comes all the way down to what alternatives come my method. That selection has been looming over my head for the whole time I used to be in LA. LA or Nashville, that’s an enormous one. I feel that, regardless, I’ll be shifting forwards and backwards between the 2 cities. I’m simply excited to see what occurs.

All through Idol, you developed a extremely unimaginable fan base. How do you are feeling about having that help from individuals who simply genuinely love your music and have rallied behind you?
Fritz Hager: It blows my thoughts each time. Clearly, votes stored me within the competitors for a extremely, actually very long time. It blew my thoughts each single week. After which profitable the encore efficiency on Kelly and Ryan was one other second the place I’m similar to, oh my gosh. I used to be writing and enjoying music for a very long time and never lots of people cared, so it actually touches me that so many individuals are rallying behind me and supporting me, and searching ahead to what comes subsequent.

Throughout the finale, you bought the prospect to carry out with James Arthur. What was that like attending to carry out with somebody you look as much as a lot? 
Fritz Hager: That was wonderful. James Arthur is such a cool man. We had a possibility to speak as nicely. What I appreciated probably the most… clearly, enjoying with him was wonderful, however with the ability to speak with him about his expertise on X Issue and the way he form of stored that momentum and constructed on it. He’s one of many biggest successes of that present, so getting in a position to have the ability to decide his mind about what occurred to him after the present and the way he was in a position to keep that momentum and form of snowball it into the profession he has now was wonderful. I’m actually grateful for that. Idol’s simply wonderful that you simply meet a bunch of individuals that you’d by no means meet in any other case, so I used to be simply actually grateful to have the ability to share the stage with him and get to speak with him.

The season 20 group was truthfully some of the tight-knit teams I’ve seen on Idol in a very long time. How did it really feel to have that help system all through the competitors? 
Fritz Hager: Idol is extremely hectic on a regular basis. We’re all away from our households. A number of us have by no means been to LA earlier than. It was a really new, overseas expertise for all of us. However you’re proper, we grew tremendous shut, like all the highest 24. We have been all shut from that time on as a result of we had simply been in it collectively for a extremely very long time. It’s nearly like trauma bonding. We’re all going by means of the very same expertise, and there’s not lots of people on the market that may actually relate to that and actually perceive what it’s like. I’m tremendous, tremendous grateful for that help. We actually held one another up all through the entire course of.

I simply spoke to Leah, and he or she confused that there’s going to be extra Leah and Fritz’s content material very quickly. I wished you to weigh in on that.
Fritz Hager: She’s 100% proper. If we didn’t do one thing collectively, it might be in all probability the largest misstep of our profession. Clearly, Leah’s nice. She’s a tremendous musician, a tremendous songwriter. There’s undoubtedly going to be loads of Leah and Fritz’s content material for the world to see.

I’m an enormous sucker for duets, so I beloved you and Leah’s “Locked Out of Heaven” duet. I want you guys within the studio writing a music and releasing it to the world.
Fritz Hager: We’ve been speaking about that ever since Hollywood Week. With the present taking place, we have been fairly restricted in what we may do. However now that the present’s over, I’m actually excited to see what comes from that collaboration. There’s going to be loads of it.

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Fritz Hager and Leah Marlene on ‘American Idol.’ (ABC)

I feel some followers wished you and Leah to comply with {couples} like Gabby and Cade. What was your response once you noticed these courting rumors going round? 
Fritz Hager: Actually, for me and Leah, they’re simply so humorous. It’s bizarre slightly bit simply because it was our first time being within the highlight. It form of cracks us up as a result of it’s simply so not that. However she’s nice. She’s like my greatest pal. I feel that I feel individuals do need that. Each time both of us goes stay or we put up one thing on Instagram, there are at all times individuals who ask the courting query. However we’re simply actually good pals.

Trying again on Idol, is there one thing you realized about your self or one thing that’s impacted you?
Fritz Hager: It’s onerous to actually quantify that simply because I’ve modified a lot since my first audition, simply as an individual. I feel in all probability the largest factor is simply the arrogance and understanding that that is what I’m alleged to do. There are individuals on the market which might be supporting me and need me to make music. I actually view the music business as a service to individuals. That’s in all probability the largest factor, and there’s a confidence that comes with that, understanding that there are individuals on the market which might be supporting you. That’s in all probability the largest change to me, personally, however there’s been a lot good recommendation all through the season. One which at all times caught with me was the very first piece of recommendation Katy [Perry] gave me throughout my first audition. Individuals have to know who I’m as an artist from the primary word that comes out of my mouth. That’s relevant outdoors of the present. I’m actually, actually excited to take all I’ve realized from Idol and now apply it to the true world and the music business, and see what comes of it.