Country singer Maren Morris is a perfect example of how singing show rejection doesn’t necessarily reflect an artist’s talent or or ability to succeed in the music business. She was eliminated early on from ALL the singing shows, including American Idol, America’s Got Talent and The Voice.
With hit songs like “My Church” and “The Middle,” a crossover hit with Zedd and Grey, in addition to Grammy, Academy of Country Music, Country Music Association and Billboard Music Awards, she’s proven all the naysayers wrong.
Her American Idol season 7 audition in the summer of 2007 was especially disheartening, as she described in a recent interview with Seth Meyers on NBC’s Late Night.
“I have this very traumatic, vivid memory of auditioning for American when I was 17, in Dallas where I’m from. It was at the Cowboy stadium, ” Maren explained. “You don’t see Paula and Simon and Randy in the first go audition. It’s like a stadium cattle call and you audition for a 20 year old producer who had probably no music cred!”
Maren continued, “You just sing for like 8 seconds and sing your heart out and then my entire group got cut. They’re like ‘Sorry! You have to take the walk of shame!’ I had to walk through the walk of shame out to the parking lot and find my mom’s car and just cry on the way home with her.”
Seth quipped, “That 20 year old right now is watching this…like ‘OH NO! I passed on her?'”
But “it all worked out,” Maren said matter-of-factly, “Honestly, the poetic justice of that whole thing is that now people audition with my songs on those shows,” Maren added. “I just get the check in the mail.” Boom! I mean, how many singing show hopefuls have covered “My Church?” There have been so many including by The Voice alums, Sundance Head (season 12 winner) and Mary Sarah (season 9) American Idol’s Jenna Renae (Season 15) and Gabby Barrett (season 16).
Watch Maren Morris share the details on her American Idol audition on Late Night with Seth Meyers below.