A 19-year-old South Carolina resident brought one judge to tears with her ‘My Girl’ rendition on American Idol. Growing up wasn’t always so easy for Kai The Singer. As a child, her family was in and out of homeless shelters and even lived out of their car at one point. There are currently eight people in her home and not everyone has a bed to sleep in. But Kai is so grateful for everything that she does have, including the support of her family and church.
Today, she’s bringing her musical dreams to the American Idol stage and hoping to make a wonderful impression in a big way. But, it seemed that nerves got the best of Kai when she first started to sing ‘Thinking Out Loud’ by Ed Sheeran. After her first song, the judges asked if there was something else Kai could performed. She moved to the piano for her second opportunity and started to play the familiar tune of ‘My Girl.’
Right before our eyes, Kai came out of her shell and her beautiful voice was heard by everyone in the room. All of the judges were so moved by the performance and judge Katy Perry even had to wipe away tears. But it was when Kai said that her church sent her to the audition, that everyone let their emotions really flow. Fellow judge Lionel Richie said, “You are here for a reason and a purpose. God can only do for you what He can do through you.” I’m so glad that Kai was given a second opportunity and now she’s on her way to Hollywood to keep going on this journey. We’re all rooting for you!