Michael Hardy, more well known as Hardy, has sure made his mark on the country music industry, but you may not realize just how big that mark is! Hardy is first and foremost a storyteller and songwriter. His writing skills have led to the success of many country legends like Morgan Wallen, Florida Georgia Line, Blake Shelton, and so many more! Let’s dive into 5 songs you may not have known were written by Hardy!
1. God’s Country – Blake Shelton
Quite possibly one of the most recognizable songs in Blake Shelton’s catalog, this song gained much success when it was released in 2019. Written by Hardy and Devin Dawson, this song climbed multiple charts and is one of Blake’s most streamed songs! Listen to this iconic country anthem below.
2. Sand In My Boots – Morgan Wallen
We all know that Hardy and Morgan Wallen are best buds, but did you know that Hardy helped write some of Wallen’s biggest hits? We could make a whole separate list of all the Morgan Wallen songs that Hardy helped write! This happens to be one of Morgan’s biggest songs a for good reason. Hear the full song now!
3. Beers on Me – Dierks Bentley
This song has Hardy written all over it! Serving as the 18th #1 hit for Dierks Bentley, this song makes you want to party with your closest friends! Performed by Dierks Bentley, Breland, and Hardy himself, this hit was Hardy’s second #1 hit! Need a new anthem for the weekend, listen below!
4. Simple – Florida Georgia Line
Sometimes less is more, and this song serves as a reminder to enjoy the simple things in life! Written by Hardy alongside Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley, this 2018 hit climbed it’s way top #1 for iconic country duo Florida Georgia Line. Tyler Hubbard says this song is your daily reminder to, “Simplify things every now and then and have a good time while you do it.” Listen to this 2018 hit now!
5. Holy Water – Michael Ray
This song has an interesting history. Originally, writers Hardy, Ashley Gorley, Hunter Phelps, and Ben Johnson pitched this song to Blake Shelton. Blake decided not to pick up the song, and Michael Ray ultimately cut this 2022 hit. Michael’s rhaspy vocals and gritty tone fit this tune perfectly! Listen to this country hit now!
How many of these songs did you know had Hardy’s stamp on it?