LANCASTER, Ky. — A 17-year-old Garrard County High school senior is heading to Hollywood.
From the small town of Lancaster, Ky. to Hollywood, Alex Miller showed off his unmistakable voice and impressed the judges on American Idol.
“Being able to get myself out there is something that a small town boy would never have dreamed of being able to do if it isn’t for a show like American Idol," explained Miller.
Growing up singing in church, the Kentucky native took his singing talents to one of the biggest stages and says performing runs through his blood thanks to his biggest influence, his grandad.
“I’ve always sung. That’s something I’ve always done since I was about three years old, I’ve been singing in church, and 7 years old learned to pick up the guitar and play a little bit. From there, I kind of developed and kept going and not quit,” said Miller.
After rounds of performing in front of the show's executive producers, Miller was awarded the opportunity to deliver his musical talents to judges Lionel Richie, Katy Perry, and Luke Bryan.
The country music machine performed a song he wrote for his next girlfriend dubbed “I’m Over You So Get Over Me.”
“I didn’t know if traditional country wouldn’t go over too well with people. I know modern country is kind of the main thing right now and that’s perfectly fine,” explained Miller.
But it’s what happened next during his audition that the talented singer didn’t expect, leading to an unforgettable moment.
“Singing with Luke Bryan was completely unrehearsed. I had no idea that was going to happen. So I just walked in and did my little original song and he said, 'we’re going to get up and sing with you,' and I said, 'okay, what you want to do?'" said Miller.
He says his passion for music is guiding him through this national singing competition.
“Music is a way for me to just get away from the world all around us and have some fun and let some other people enjoy music as well,” added Miller.
At the end of his audition, Miller heard those four words that every contestant hopes to accomplish: "You’re going to Hollywood."
“My Facebook and my phone has been smoking the last three or four days. I don’t know I can’t keep up with everything and I’m grateful for that,” said Miller.
His father Roger Miller mentioned how proud he is of how his son has handled the life-changing experience so far.
“If he’s doing those things correctly, then regardless of the level of success he has, as long as he’s having fun and being himself, that’s the most important thing," explained Roger.
Alex says he doesn’t know when the next round of auditions will come just yet but says he’s excited about what the next steps hold for him.