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18-Year-Old Earns Ticket to Hollywood with Original Song About His Hometown

Updated Apr 15, 2024


One young and talented singer-songwriter used what he knew best, and it helped him get one big step closer to his goal.

Hometowns and those relationships and experiences formed there go a long way in molding and shaping the person we eventually become. Whether good or bad, those early memories will likely leave a lasting impact. 

Phil Kane, an 18-year-old college student, dreams of being the next winner of American Idol. For his audition, the singer-songwriter performed an original song for Lionel Richie, Katy Perry, and Luke Bryan.

The talented musician plays the piano while he sings the beautiful lyrics to “Osage County.” It’s clear from the first couple of lines of the tune that this song is very personal to him. He obviously has a ton of love for this hometown and the lessons that he learned while growing up in that area.

His original song was so easy to listen to, and his lyrics conjure images of a small town and Friday nights during high school football season. 

The judges are rightly blown away by Phil’s talent and his ability to tell a story clearly and concisely. 

“The moment you started playing the piano, your choices on the piano gave me chills,” Katy told the young man. And then the storytelling of your song—I believed every single word. It was just so real, and I really related to it.”

Lionel was also super complimentary of Phil.

“Honestly, that was dead on the money,” he said. We know who your character is. We know exactly what your sound is. What you just did was brilliant.”

After showering Phil with such high praise, it was an easy decision for all three judges to give him yes votes and send him on his way to Hollywood!

The young man has a bright future ahead of him in the music industry as a singer-songwriter. 

Ephesians 5:19 “Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord.”

Photo Courtesy: American Idol via YouTube
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