American Idol alum: Alex Miller to perform in Waynesville
- Alex Miller genuinely stood out from the pack in 'American Idol' season 19
- He was eliminated in the Showstopper Round among the top 64 finalists
- Miller’s passion for country music was nurtured on his grandfather’s cattle farm
Alex Miller was one such contestant of “American Idol” who stood out from the pack. If you missed his folksy Southern charm or even his voice, here’s a chance for you to catch him live and in person. He will be performing at Keepin’ It Country Farm in Waynesville on Saturday, July 17.
During his journey on the singing reality show, he was praised by Lancaster and other judges not only for his inherent musical gifts but also for his unmistakable authenticity. Lionel Richie said, “Oh my God, something special right there.” While Luke Bryan exclaimed, Boy, you can sing … thank you, Jesus!”
Miller’s determination to stay true to oneself as a country artist never diminished. However, he was eliminated in the Showstopper Round among the top 64 finalists. But when we look back on his experience it was truly amazing, especially since he’s already touring. The 18-year-old said, “I’m 100 percent glad I did ‘American Idol.’” He further said, he said if he would not been on the show, he would not be doing the amazing things he’s quite capable to do now.
“I’m doing now. I’m doing shows I wouldn’t have had a chance to do six months ago. I treated being (on ‘American Idol’) as if it were just another gig at a VFW hall or a jamboree. That’s the only way I got through it. I’m the kind of person that will be shaken up badly if I start dwelling on something. I was very proud of myself for not getting all shook up,” he said as reported by Dayton.com.
Saturday’s setlist includes Miller’s debut single and “American Idol” audition song “I’m Over You So Get Over Me,” as well as additional original tunes. Miller with his brand new “roadhouse ready” band in tow, is also planning to put his own spin on beloved songs in the country genre.
According to Dayton.com, he said, “I want to give my audience a little variety. A lot of people like a lot of different things and it’s best to appeal to as many people as you possibly can.” His love for country music grew because of his grandfather’s cattle farm. In addition to singing at church, he got his start with shows in and around Lancaster and steadily moved on to larger markets and stages, including Lucas Oil Stadium, WoodSongs, and Renfro Valley.
Later this summer, he will also open for Hank Williams Jr. and Josh Turner. The 18-year-old is also writing songs for his upcoming album which he describes as having an “upbeat, happy, laidback” vibe, and hosts his “Tunes on Tuesday Live” show for his Facebook page.