Watch Muscle Shoals Singer Cadence Baker Delight ‘American Idol’ Judges With ‘Incredible’ Audition


We don’t have to wait until Sunday to see how the Alabama singer Cadence Baker rates during his Season 20 audition on “American Idol.”

The ABC reality series has released a first video of Baker, who is from Florence, performing for judges Lionel Richie, Katy Perry and Luke Bryan. The 5:42 clip, posted Saturday on the YouTube Channel “Idol” and other social media, includes Baker’s backstory, her performance, comments from the judges and her audition results.

Baker, 19, is musical royalty in the Shoals, as the granddaughter of songwriter Gary Baker — Grammy winner for “I Swear” and member of the Alabama Music Hall of Fame — and the daughter of Shane Bakerformer lead singer of Christian rock band Cadence.

The teenager’s jazzy cover of a Whitney Houston hit, “I’m Your Baby Tonight,” thrilled the “Idol” judges, who responded with delight and congratulations.

“A lot of people come in and say, ‘Well, I’m going to sing Whitney Houston’s ‘I’m Your Baby Tonight,’ and in my head I’m like, ‘Okay, well, see the door,’ Perry said, “It was amazing. It was really good…I think you got so much gas in that tank. I think you got a lot of stuff.”

“I think this is one of the best auditions I’ve seen,” Bryan added. “I wrote, ‘potentially top 10’ down. Write this date down, because it’s a special date for me. It was awesome, awesome, awesome.

Baker’s father accompanied her on guitar for the audition, drawing further praise from Richie.

“You came in with a pro guitar player who happens to be your dad, and he had such a pocket,” Richie said. “That pocket was so tight, and then your daughter walked right into the pocket. I loved it.”

“It means the world to me, right there,” Shane Baker said with a smile. “I just won ‘American Idol.'”

He was joking, of course, but Cadence joins two other Alabama singers — Montgomery’s Kezia “Lady K” Istonia and Mobile’s Tyler N. Allen — who received Hollywood gold tickets this season. Another state prospect, Pell City’s Tristen Gressett, will be featured on Sunday’s episode.

By releasing Baker’s full audition, the reality series is essentially its own spoiler, but it’s a good sign for the teenager’s prospects on the show. “Idol” producers are showcasing Baker’s talent, building her buzz and letting fans of the reality series get to know her, right from the start of the competition.

The first episodes of “American Idol” are filmed in advance. Sunday’s two-hour show, airing at 7:00 p.m., is the third of five scheduled audition episodes this season.

Singers who receive golden tickets advance to the Hollywood Round, a fast-paced phase of the competition that tests their mettle and drastically reduces the number of hopefuls.

If you look at: “American Idol” airs Sundays at 7 p.m. CT on ABC.



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