Despite being eliminated in 4th place, American Idol singer MacKenzie Bourg, was given the opportunity to record and release to iTunes what would have been his coronation single. What set the singer/songwriter’s winners single apart from the others? It was one of his own original songs, “Roses,” a tune he had performed in competition on Idol. The performance helped him clinch a spot in the Top 10 and marked him as a singer to beat.
Releasing the song turned out to be a smart idea for everyone involved. Although MacKenzie didn’t outlast Dalton Rapattoni, La’Porsha Renae or winner Trent Harmon, his single performed competitively on the charts, climbing as high as #4 on iTunes all genre.
As a thank you to his fans, MacKenzie has released an acoustic one-take video performance of the song, shot as he strolls around the stands at an empty Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles. “Whether you know every word to this song or it’s your first listen,” MacKenzie wrote in the Youtube description, “thanks for helping my dreams come true. I’m so thankful to have you. Much love.”
Check out MacKenzie’s acoustic performance right here.