Jon Wayne Hatfield is a talented country singer and songwriter from Goshen, Ohio, who came into media prominence after appearing in American Idol 2023. He appeared on Sunday, February 26, 2023, and performed his own song he wrote for his grandpa, Tell Me, Ray.
Hatfield says that he is relieved to stand on stage and proudly say that he’s gay and that there’s nothing wrong with it. After Jon sang the song, the judges’ panel: Luke Bryan, Katy Perry, and Lionel Richie gave a standing ovation. Also, he is a golden ticket winner.
Who Is Jon Wayne Hatfield? All About American Idol’s Cast Childhood
Jon Wayne Hatfield is a talented singer and songwriter born in 2002. The 21-year-old singer was raised as a single child by his grandparents rather than his own parents. It is reported that his mother was dealing with addiction, due to which his grandparents raised him. In a video, Jon admitted that he has been with his grandparents since he was five.
He says his grandmother was his mom, while his grandfather is his best friend. It seems like Hatfield’s father is not present in his life, due to which the information regarding him remains unknown. Furthermore, Hatfield holds an American nationality, while his ethnicity remains unknown.
Jon Wayne Hatfield’s Special Bond With His Grandfather
As mentioned earlier, Jon Wayne Hatfield was raised by his grandparents. Most prominently, Jon shares a strong bond with his grandfather, Ray. In the show, Jon described his close relationship with his granddad, who attended his audition.
Moments before performing his original song Tell Me, Ray, the judges asked Hatfield to invite his grandfather to join them. Katy told his grandfather, Ray, that he was going to sing a song for him. After that, Ray’s eyes were filled with tears.
As Jon reflected on the loss of his beloved grandmother, he found himself struggling to come to terms with the sudden void in his life. But amidst the grief, Jon discovered a newfound appreciation for the power of storytelling and how it could be used to honor his grandmother’s memory and legacy. He went on to reveal that Ray didn’t talk with anyone for the first year and a half, including him.
After some time, Ray revealed to Jon that he was gay, and this was what inspired Jon to write a song about his grandfather. He was scared to come out as Ray thought his grandson would stop loving him due to his sexuality.
Explore Jon Wayne Hatfield’s Musical Career
Jon Wayne Hatfield independently released his debut single named What A Truck Is For on November 6, 2020. In May 2021, he released another single named Strong Woman. Both of his songs have been streamed on Spotify more than 1,000,000 times.
Likewise, Hatfield is famous for his other song, named Growing Up Too Fast, which climbed to No. 58 on the Music Row Country Breakout chart in August 2021. Furthermore, his latest single is Good For Nothin, which is doing pretty well. Besides that, Jon is also an active TikTok user who is registered as @jonwaynehatfield. As of now, he has already gained more than 309.7k followers, which will increase soon.