The stage of American Idol sees all sorts of talented and eclectic performers, but it always warms my heart when someone with a background in the church gets up to audition. Hearing classic worship songs performed with very and unique stylings for a usually very mainstream crowd gets me smiling every time. But it’s just as amazing when a singer who comes from the church puts their own, gorgeous spin on a song that has hit all the airwaves, and tops hundreds of playlists. It’s fun to see someone with faith work with a song that dominates secular culture. Joshua Wicker did just that, when he auditioned for American Idol with Rihanna’s hit, ‘stay’ .
Joshua is originally from Jacksonville, Florida, but he chose to travel all the way to Atlanta, Georgia for the opportunity of a lifetime. To make matters even better, he also brought along his wife, Holly, who at the time was only weeks away from her due date! It’s so sweet to see a couple who cares about one another’s dreams and ambitions so much that they’re willing to go out of their way to support them. Sometimes hundreds of miles out of their way!
When Joshua went in to talk to the judges before his audition, he admitted to them that he was definitely more nervous about becoming a father than he was about the audition itself. It’s good to see he’s got his priorities straight! He then went on to wow the panel of judges with an acoustic version of Rihanna’s ‘stay’ . His guitar work is gentle and beautiful, but his voice holds such an enormous amount of power and emotion that it gave me goosebumps!
Check out this gorgeous audition in the video above. What did you think? Leave us a comment, we’d love to hear from you!