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Photo provided by Lindsey Cardinale -- Lindsey Cardinale -- Former 'American Idol' contestant Lindsey Cardinale will sing at 9 p.m. at Lava Cantina on Thursday.

Former “American Idol” contestant and Ponchatoula resident Lindsey Cardinale is working on a new album, after signing with Silvercreek Records on Nashville’s Music Row, a news release from her publicist said.

The Lindsey Cardinale Band will celebrate their new contract with a performance during the Feb. 26 game between the Nashville Predators and the Minnesota Wild at Bridgestone Arena.

“I’m super excited to be starting a new chapter in my career,” Cardinale said. “Silvercreek Records is an innovative record label with great ideas. I have two new guys in my band, and they are absolutely incredible.”

Cardinale, who has been singing since she was a young girl in Ponchatoula, placed 12th on Season 4 of “American Idol” and then watched as her roommate at the time, Carrie Underwood, finished first and skyrocketed to fame. She is still friends with the six-time Grammy Award-winning artist. Cardinale moved to Nashville and started performing at the city’s popular songwriters’ rounds, where her sultry voice, beauty and rugged sense of humor soon won over the locals. Before long, she was collaborating with other, more seasoned songwriters.

“My style tends to be old-style country,” she said. “I love Merle Haggard and Conway Twitty and all those classic stars. As for current artists, Lee Ann Womack and Alison Krauss are two of my favorites.”

Until recently, Cardinale divided her time between music and one of her other passions — horses and outdoor events. As an expert roper, she has won several competitions, including CMA Fest Celebrity Roping, the release said.

Cardinale has been devoting more time to making music than catching calves. Her deal with Silvercreek Records includes the addition of two new band members — the president of Silvercreek Records, Stafond Seago, rhythm guitar; and Jonathan Nuccio, drums. They join Cardinale’s existing musicians Augie King, bass; and Kaleb Payne, lead guitar.

“I’m thrilled to be working with Lindsey,” said Seago, who is also the singer’s new manager.

“She’s an amazing talent with a good fan base. I’m confident her popularity will take off after she finishes her album later this year.”