VIDALIA, La. — Soon-to-be 17-year-old Cathedral High School student Bryce McGlothin won’t be seen once during the 20th season of American Idol. This Sunday could be the last American Idol auditions broadcast after the 2022 Oscars on ABC. While McGlothin’s airtime is unclear, one thing is certain.
He’s going to Hollywood.
“I made it through the first round, got a golden ticket, and went to Hollywood Week,” McGlothin said, eagerly announcing a secret he’s been keeping since his American Idol audition in Austin, Texas. , ahead of Luke Bryan, Lionel Ritchie and Katy Perry.
“It’s an honor and also very nerve-wracking,” McGlothin said of the showdown with the three big stars. “It’s fantastic but very different to play in front of 500 people. … It showed me what the music industry looks for in an artist. They gave me constructive criticism and since then I really tried to perfect my music. … The most rewarding part is meeting other candidates and sharing stories with each of them.
While he couldn’t reveal many details about the upcoming show, McGlothin said he was “much more nervous” during his second round of American Idol. Instead of just playing for the three stars, he has other contestants and their families all looking up to him, he said.
“These are three people like me. I had to get that into my head,” he said. “They gave you a tough test but I had a great time.”
As for how people treat him back home in Vidalia, Louisiana, after learning he’d be seen on TV screens across America, it hasn’t been all that different, other than the fact that people ask “a lot of questions” that he couldn’t answer, McGlothin says.
McGlothin still plays gigs with the local band he and friend Tyler Gregg started five years ago called “Easily Distracted.” They performed on various Miss Lou stages, such as the Longwood Afternoon Music Festival last October.
McGlothin said he had been singing since he was 2 years old, and he and Gregg began to seriously pursue music careers when McGlothin was 12. Both have made progress towards realizing their dream. After going through the first round of American Idol, McGlothin signed with PCG in Nashville, Tennessee, who set him up with a voice and social media coach.
“PCG’s professionalism is incredible. It’s excellent and you can’t do better,” he said.
Gregg will also study music in Nashville with his acceptance to Belmont University.
McGlothin started playing the piano as a teenager and received his first guitar for his 14th birthday, he said.
“I sat down and practiced day after day,” he said. “My mom (Elizabeth Atkins-McGlothin) is one of my biggest supporters and my dad was in a band for 40 years. Watching him as a kid shaped who I am as a musician.
McGlothin has said his musical influences come from Southern rock and country artists such as
John Fogerty of “Creedence Clearwater Revival”, Gregg Allman of “Allman Brothers” and Freddie Mercury of “Queen”.
His performance of CCR’s “Born on the Bayou” prompted him to complete three rounds of virtual auditions before performing on the American Idol stage. He can’t yet say what other songs he’ll perform for America during Hollywood Week, but McGlothin said how his friends can watch him perform at home.
He and Gregg will perform from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Natchez Bicycle Classic on Saturday, April 30 and from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, May 6 at the Delta Music Museum Arcade Theater in Ferriday, Louisiana.
To learn more about Bryce McGlothin’s music and upcoming shows, visit www.brycemcglothin.com. He can also be followed on social media at “Bryce McGlothin Music”.