A local singer is making great strides on season 20 of American Idol.
Mike Parker, a 27-year-old carpenter from Warrenton, wowed the celebrity judges with his R&B take on Deana Carter’s classic country song “Strawberry Wine.” It aired Sunday night on ABC.
“Growing up, my mom was the house singer. She and my dad were in a band. They were local stars and people still talk about them to this day,” Parker said in the clip before her audition of her parents, Edward and Dejuanna.
Parker shared that her mother was recently dealing with health issues, and it made for an emotional segment.
Before auditioning for American Idol season 20, Parker tried out for The Voice. He made the show on his third try, earning a spot on Jennifer Hudson’s team in season 15.
Growing up in Fauquier, Parker was a star football player at Kettle Run High School, active in school musicals and singing in church.
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The singer released the single “Still Stingy” in August 2021 and is pursuing his musical dream.
Parker received positive feedback from American Idol judges Luke Bryant, Lionel Richard and Katy Perry and walked away with the coveted golden ticket securing her a spot at the audition in Hollywood, California.
“If you were to just walk in there cool and deliver it real silky, it’s gonna crush. You have the potential to be amazing,” Bryant commented, claiming Parker was a country singer.
Perry added: “If I said top 24 would you be right? Lean into the country.
Richie observed, “Your voice is screaming. This texture of your voice is golden. I really think so. You have all the assets to signify it.
Parker attended a hearing watch party on Sunday night with family and local friends, posting about it on social media.
“American Idol is a dream come true, y’all! And I can’t wait for you to be part of this journey. So many talented singers and performers this season! Stay tuned! Hollywood can get a little wild,” he posted.