University Student Highlights Faith as ‘American Idol’ Sends Him to Hollywood


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Liberty University sophomore Luke Taylor captivated ‘American Idol’ judges in his audition for the singing competition show that sends potential talent to have their chance in Hollywood, according to The Christian Post. Impressed by his deep singing voice after he sang Johnny Cash’s “Ring of Fire,” judges Lionel Richie, Katy Perry, and Luke Bryan moved Taylor to the next round of the competition. Taylor shared that his progress is not about himself, but about “the Glory of God,” and he hopes that through sharing his faith, more people will “get to see that light.” 

Taylor explained that he feels blessed to have been invited to audition for ‘American Idol.’ According to an article on Liberty University’s website, Taylor was discovered by scouts for the show who noticed his popularity singing country music on social media with nearly 2 million TikTok followers. Taylor shared that “having such a big corporation reach out to me without me saying anything is very humbling,” adding that for a small town kid from West Chester, Pennsylvania to have such an amazing opportunity “shows how good God really is.”

Regarding his faith, Taylor noted that though he grew up in a Christian home, it wasn’t until he went to Liberty University in 2020 that he truly believed. Taylor shared that he struggles with believing in what he cannot see, but after an assignment that required him to read the Bible, Taylor explained that it opened his eyes to God and he fully embraced his faith. 

The gift of a unique voice has blessed Taylor with potential various opportunities as he was compared to actor James Earl Jones. ‘American Idol’ host Ryan Seacrest even noted that Taylor has a voice for movie-trailers and voice-overs. However, the pursuit of music has been a significant part of Taylor’s life as he enjoys learning and growing in the School of Music. With great gratitude for the “awesome professors and students” who guide him, Taylor has a humble appreciation for his talent while working hard to reach his goal of becoming a musician. 


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