Imagine being nineteen years old. You’ve never left your home state. You have never had a voice lesson or sang in front of a group before. In fact, you spend most your time painting fences. Today, you have traveled to Hollywood to perform before the judges of American Idol, singing for millions and facing the pressures of a national spotlight and possible scathing criticism.
Then imagine that you blow the judges away – so much so that one of them literally gives you the shoes off their own feet.
“I ain’t never taken a damn voice lesson in my life. “I can’t sing a song like anybody else…I’m me, I’m Colby Swift and I ain’t trying to be nobody else.”
— American Idol (@AmericanIdol) March 25, 2019
Swift, who is from Midfield, Texas, appeared before the judges to sing “Before The Next Teardrop Falls” recorded by Freddy Fender, a Mexican American Tex-Mex singer. The song was a number one crossover hit in 1974. It’s also Swift’s younger sister’s favorite song.
Judge and country music star Luke Bryan asks Swift to sing without the guitar, and he obliges, taking it even farther by singing in Spanish. The strength of his solo voice is immediately evident. Though he says he’s never performed in public before, he comes across as a natural talent. The audience gave him a standing ovation, leaving Swift in tears backstage.
— KATY PERRY (@katyperry) March 25, 2019
— Luke Bryan (@LukeBryanOnline) March 25, 2019
“I have Luke Bryan, Katy Perry, and Lionel Richie stand up for me. That’s a blessing, man,” said a grateful Swift. “I had the whole crowd. I never thought I’d do that.”Lionel Richie