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The season eight finalist, who competed at age 17 and came in fourth behind winner Kris Allen and runners up Adam Lambert and Danny Gokey, eloped with songwriter-producer Matthew Hagar back in January. Hagar is also her bandmate in the group Halo Circus.
The two have kept the nuptials under wraps even as they perform Halo Circus gigs together (tonight they’re scheduled to appear at Los Angeles’ Hotel Cafe).
Iraheta first met Hagar through her friend, guitarist David Immerman. As the 21-year-old explained to The Hollywood Reporter in April, Immerman had written a song with Hager and wanted Iraheta to record the vocal.
Said Iraheta: “I thought, why not? I’m not doing anything.” After the session, Hager asked her, “Why aren’t you writing or recording? What’s happening with your career?” to which she revealed that she’d been having a hard time coping with being dropped by her label.
“Matthew said we should write a song and have fun,” Iraheta continued. “Two or three weeks after that, we wrote our first song. We liked being creative, and I thought it might be an opportunity to reintroduce myself to the music world. And it was.”
The song Iraheta and Hager wrote, called “Gone,” bonded the three musicians. “Our souls were patched together in this project,” says Iraheta. “It was so honest. We felt like a family, so we continued to write as a band.”
Hagar, a former musical director for Mandy Moore, a multi-instrumentalist, composer and founder of management company 76 Steps Entertainment, is originally from Houston, Texas. He graduated from the prestigious Berklee College of Music in 1991.
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