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Late ‘AGT’ and ‘Voice’ veteran Nolan Neill’s daughter honors dad with ‘Idol’ audition: ‘It could have been so different. He didn’t mean to die.’

‘American Idol’ contestant Kay Alize with her father, ‘America’s Got Talent’ and ‘The Voice’ contestant Nolan Neill, who died in July 2022. (Photo: Facebook)

“Seeing my father in the music industry really made me No Want to pursue music for a long time,” 24-year-old Kay Alize admitted on Sunday American Idol, “But since his passing, it seems like all I want to do is make music. … I’m just sad, because it could have been so different. He didn’t mean to die. He was a light to other people.” , but he could not find it for himself.

Ardent talent-show watchers probably remember K’s father, Nolan Neil, all too well. he came first sound Season 10 with a sad backstory. A few years earlier, Nashville Troubadours – who were signed to both Hollywood Records and Virgin Records in 2006, and briefly Fronted rock band Hinder in 2014 – had a heated phone conversation with his own father about his struggles in the music business and hung up the phone in anger. His father tried to call back several times, but Nolan refused to answer, and the two never spoke again: Nolan’s father died by suicide shortly after their fall. The guilt-stricken singer-songwriter then began “spiraling downward”, partying so hard that he damaged his voice and lost his record deal while making his album.

Although Nolan did not turn sound First time around chairs, when the tenacious musician returned for season 11 a few months later, he was a four-chair success and appeared on track to win the entire show – before being cut in one of the most shocking knockouts sound History. He made a triumphant return to TV in 2020 America’s Got Talent and poured his pain into a gritty original ballad called “Lost” (the first song he wrote after getting sober, which he was at the time), and received a standing ovation. agt Judge Sofia Vergara, whose younger brother has a much-publicized history with drugs and alcohol, told a weeping Nolan, “I know the disease of addiction all too well. My family is full of this terrible disease, And I totally understand. And being here tonight and hearing that song, for me, gives me so much hope.

Nolan was shockingly eliminated again in agt Season 15 quarterfinals, and in July 2022, he died of a drug overdose just months before K American statue Audition. On Sunday, K told statue Katy Perry, Lionel Richie, and Luke Bryan judge that her father “kind of blew” her professional opportunities because of his addiction and was “in and out” of her life for most of her childhood. But the one thing I always connected with her was music. … That was my favorite thing, sharing music with her.”

reti told that trying to statue – She said “she has a heart” as opposed to showing talent agt Or sound – Felt like “I’m honoring my father and I’m closing his chapter, but starting my own.” She then shared an original dedication to her father, “the city of Nashville”, which she wrote about “the city of music where (he) made our memories” and “jamming in the studio for fun, about all things I will write songs” We did it.”

Interestingly, Katy was “on the fence” about it because she “didn’t think the spirit was there,” and Lionel also told Kay, “You have a voice, but I have to make it sound like yours.” Care that you are going to do it. I understood his point. contrary to many hard-fortunes statue Singers who barely make it through their auditions without bursting into tears, Kei had a guard up, a kind of flat affect – most likely a result of processing herself as the child of an unreliable parent and her The result of years of guarding. But I think the sentiment is there.

For example, last year Nolan’s Facebook page posted a video of Kaye singing Nolan’s original song “Send Me a Butterfly” at what appeared to be his memorial service, and it was certainly a statue– Decent performance. K posted on Instagram the same year Another original song about her late father well as expected confession About his own urge to turn to drugs and alcohol during this difficult period of grief. and in January 2023, he posted: “This is the first year I know I can’t call my dad. This is the first year I’ll never argue with him again. I know I’ll never have to ask or write about Jesus if I want to.” His phone will not come for that. song together. … I wish things had been different for my dad. I wish I could go back and change a few things. But I can’t. That’s why I’m going through this grieving process in the best way how. And that is through writing Jesus + Music. Dad will be very happy to know that I am making music now.”

In the same January 2023 Instagram caption, K wrote, “2022 broke me” and “I don’t know what 2023 will bring,” but for now, 2023 will bring her closer to her own musical dream — because the judges ultimately believed enough in his ability to hand him the golden ticket. “If my father was here, he would be happy,” K reflected in this bittersweet moment. “Hope he’s making me happy. Doing this has given me an opportunity to honor my father and walk a path that my father could not walk.

These were other Sunday hits statue Audition:

Danny Epp, 23: “The One That Got Away”

Danny’s mother Denise is huge statue fan since Season 1, so she became the “fourth judge” for the day and sat on the panel with Lionel, Katy, and Luke. Dany showed off a pure, beautiful tone with little juice, and she had impressive control when she was really pushing herself to the very edge of her range; Luke described Danny’s voice as “genuine and emotional” and coming “from a great place”. Katy admits that she “braced” herself when she found out Danny was doing one of her own songs, but eventually she liked Danny’s cover so much that she started singing too. Amusingly, Denise was the only “judge” who offered any constructive criticism, advising Danny to work on his eye contact. “Your mom is right!” Lionel noted. But this audition was “four for four”—four yes, including Denise.

Amara Valerio, 25: “Bust Your Windows”

A few years ago, Amara was asked to perform the national anthem at her high school, but a senior class bully named Sara wrestled the microphone away from her. “You got Kanyed!” KT started gasping after watching the video of the strange incident in the assembly. Katy then asked Amara to channel her outrage from that moment into her cover of Jazmine Sullivan’s angry breakup anthem… and Amara did more than enough to make it statueClass of 2023. “Sarah, you ended up messing with our girl,” Katy announces, reassuring Amara, “You’re going to Hollywood, and no one is going to mess with you!”

Hannah Nicolaisen, 23: “Make You Feel My Love”

When this former college volleyball player claimed that he “basically started learning to play music about a month or two ago,” I smelled a setup. (For what it’s worth, there are videos hannah’s instagram Dating back to 2018 that shows her playing music.) But regardless of how long Hannah’s actually been doing it seriously, after trading her volleyball dreams for a musical one, the woman is clearly One is natural. “You did everything right to tell that story. It’s something you can’t teach. Your unique voice is something we pray for in this business,” Lionel told her.

Rhett Thornes, 20: “I believe”

Like Kay, Rhett faced an unstable childhood due to her mother’s lifelong struggle with addiction. But he did forgive, declaring Fantasia Barrino’s season 3 coronation song dedicated to her mother, “I believe in you, and together we can do anything.” To be honest, I don’t know whether Rhett would have gotten the golden ticket without her sob story — the original talent was there, but she was just too tense and screaming during the chorus of this power ballad’s anthem. However, Lionel – who hugged a crying Rhett and gave her one of his handkerchiefs when she finished – told her, “That first note you hit was spot-on, and the rest were nerves. … You touched Me, and that’s the full name of this business.” Katy, who offered to be Rite’s “stage mom,” said, “We believed it. It was Excellent, No, but perfection does not exist. I suspect Rite’s time in Hollywood will be brief, as I don’t think he’s quite ready for prime time…

Tripp Taylor, 18: “I believe in my soul”

This deep-voiced, self-described old soul from South Carolina totally nailed his Ray Charles cover. Lionel and Tripp joke about Lionel’s DNA test to find out if he is Tripp’s father because of their physical resemblance – and Tripp later jokingly calls him “Uncle Richie” – but in reality, The strongest circumstantial/anecdotal evidence that Lionel and Tripp may be blood-related was Tripp’s outstanding performance. Talent is definitely in Tripp’s DNA. “I really love your attack on the mic. … You have your own kind of tone, with just the right amount of gravel and grit,” Luke said. “You’ve got this All, … You’ve got this factor,” Katy said.

Colt Glover, 21: “Rock salt and nails”

After hearing this whiskey-voiced natural’s rugged and effortless Flat & Scruggs cover, Katy declared Colt “Top 10” material. That’s what Katy said Way Like more than 10 times this season, his prediction seemed believable this time. “You’re the best country singer we’ve ever seen!” she shouted. “I am In fact Glad you’re with us,” Luke said. I think that with his sandpapery vocals, not to mention his Opry-marquee-worthy name, Colt has Nashville star potential.

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