American Idol is half way through the show’s Top 20 reveal, and in Sunday’s Hawaii Top 40 Showcase episode, Louis Knight struggled with his rendition of Ed Sheeran’s “Castle on The Hill.” Nevertheless, the judges, Lionel Richie, Katy Perry and Luke Bryan advanced the British native on to The Top 20 based on previous performances.
It was Louis emotional original song, “Changes,” that first had the judges raving. Louis wrote it in tribute to a dear friend, Russell, who took his own life. Now, the singer/songwriter has released an in-studio performance of the song on Youtube.
“It’s so rewarding seeing so many of you connect with ‘Change’,” writes Louis on Instagram. “I’ve been waiting a while to release this, I really hope you enjoy.”
Shot at Gradwell House Studio in Haddon Heights, NJ, Mike Gallagher directed and edited the clip. Music and Lyrics are by Louis, who also co-produced the video with Matt Weber and Matt Fell. The “Changes” music video was executive produced by Cliff Jurkiewicz and Glenn Manko.
Additionally, Louis is selling t-shirts on his website, with all profits going directly to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
The remaining Top 20 contestants will be revealed when ABC airs Hawaii Showcase/Final Judgement part 2 on Sunday April 5 at 8 pm ET/PT.
Watch Louis Knight’s “Changes” in-studio music video below.