Brandon Rogers, American Idol?
Here's what Rogers - who has performed on stage at the Grammy and MTV Video Music Awards - has to say about personal success:
"I wanted to be a star long before I wanted to be a background singer. I love what I do, don't get me wrong, but I just want to do it on a personal level ... If the music belongs to someone else artistically, you can only find so much to connect to. I'm really big on being connected to the music."
We're guessing fellow Idol hopeful, Sundance Head, would agree. He wants out of his father's spotlight.
An accomplished pianist by high school, Brandon went on to be a jazz vocal studies major at University of North Texas jazz program, where he performed alongside fellow UNT jazzer, a pre-fame Norah Jones.
Brandon, an L.A. native, includes influences as varied as Donnie Hathaway, The Beatles, Michael Jackson, and James Taylor because"I take influences from every singer I've loved and heard my entire life."
Someday, perhaps, those trying out for American Idol will cite Rogers as their influence. He can only hope.
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