Caleb Kennedy’s gritty country voice really shone during his American Idol hearing. Not only did her voice shine, but also her songwriting abilities which deeply impressed the Idol judges.
The 16-year-old South Carolina native, wearing mules, auditioned with a self-proclaimed original song called “Nowhere,” which really showcased his songwriting talent and amazing vocal abilities.
Kennedy admitted he struggled to write a second verse for the song. However, as Katy Perry told him, he has to finish writing the song because it will get him somewhere.
“You better finish that song ‘Nowhere’, because it’s going to take you somewhere,” Perry praised Kennedy’s self-written track.
The nominee also admitted that he lacks a lot of self-confidence with his voice, but says he is a good songwriter.
“Look man, here’s the deal, you’re not the only kid who lacks self-confidence these days. Your voice tells a story far beyond a 16-year-old, ”said Luke Bryan.
His original single earned him a golden ticket to Hollywood after receiving accolades from Idol judges Bryan, Perry and Lionel Richie.
“You got something really special,” Perry added. “You’re a real songwriter, but you have a grit and grit and crackle in your voice that says, ‘I’m hurting someone, please come save me through this song.’ And there are a lot of people like you, and a lot of people want to treat everything they go through listening to your music. If you want to change your reality, the power is in your hands, with this guitar. “
“You have mastered at such a young age of 16, a storytelling voice,” said Richie. “The three of us, I think you’re like that and whatever you thought you heard when you were growing up, they were lying to you because they were jealous of you.”
“Young man, I have high expectations for your life,” Richie added.
Watch his full audition below.
Tune in Sunday, March 7 at 8 p.m. EST on ABC to watch Kennedy and other auditions on American Idol.