A “100% Gospel singer” moves the music legend, Lionel Richie, to tears with his Gospel song performance on American Idol.
Dontrell Briggs from Maxton, North Carolina delivered a soulful Gospel song during the American Idol audition. He sang Tasha Cobbs’ “For Your Glory” as a tribute to his late godmother, Betty Morrison, who died in April last year.
“She played a very big part in my life — not a day that I could not call her and she wouldn’t be right there for me,” Dontrell said in an interview for American Idol.
Betty died of terminal lung disease at the age of 59. Despite having a health issue, she “always kept going” and that inspired the 26-year-old singer to reach for his dream.
“If I get that golden ticket, she is going to be rejoicing with the angels,” he told the judges.
Lionel Richie, one of America’s music legends, was moved to tears with his performance. He felt the Lord’s presence with his rendition of the song.
“Some people can come in and just sing, and then some people come in and just let God come through them… I felt every breath of that performance.” Lionel said.
However, the other judges were not that impressed with his performance. They noted that his vibrato went overboard. Luke Bryan asked him what percentage of him is a Gospel singer, Dontrell boldly answered that he is a 100% Gospel singer.
He then sang another song that wowed Luke and finally gave him a “yes” vote after Katy Perry gave him a “no” vote.
“Yes, you’re going to Hollywood… I just got chills all over that one,” Luke said.
Lionel was heard praising God in the background, “Hallelujah!”
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Reference: YouTube | American Idol