Man, we’ve heard a lot of great country voices audition for American Idol this year.
We’ve had Trey Louis, the 21-year-old mattress salesman who put together an impressive rendition of Whiskey Myers’ “Stone,” another who sang Flatt & Scruggs’ “Rock, Salt And Nails,” and more, and it’s awesome to see that we’re seeing a bunch of covers from non-mainstream country artists on the show.
With that being said, we got introduced to a new face last night on American Idol.
The name is Warren Peay, a 23-year-old appliance repair technician from Bamberg, South Carolina, who is also a worship leader at his church.
Now this guy doesn’t look like your average skinny jeans and v-neck t-shirt worship leader, as he walked in rocking a cowboy hat, jeans and boots, along with long hair and a beard that will have you drawing comparisons to the look of Chris Stapleton.
And for his song, he chose “To The Table” by contemporary Christian artist Zach Williams, who you might recognize from his incredible rendition of the Allman Brothers’ “Midnight Rider” alongside Larry Fleet. He’s also recorded songs with Dolly Parton recently.
Needless to say, this guy has some serious talent, with his authentic, gritty vocals that raised the eyebrows of Luke Bryan, Katy Perry, and Lionel Richie.
Perry raved over how thankful she was he looked and sounded the part, but added that she wants to hear him sing about some anger from time to time. She said:
“That’s how you get rid of that anger, you sing about it.”
Lionel Richie also admitted that Peay is serious Top 10 material, and all three gave him a yes.
Keep an eye out on this one: