4 American Idol finalists got their start singing in church

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Four of this year’s ten finalists on American Idol say the first time they ever sang in public was in church.

Maddie Walker says she first took the stage at the age of three, singing “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” in front of her entire congregation.

Clark Beckham says he was about eight years old when he first sang for an audience. He recalls it was “a solo at this big church, about 2,000 or 3,000 people.”

Tyanna (tee-AH’-nah) Jones says her first public performance, at age five, was a duet she sang at a church she visited with their mother. Jones says she and her older brother sang “Joyful Joyful” from the movie “Sister Act 2.”

Rayvon Owen recalls that in the church where he made his singing debut at the age of 5 or 6, “the spirit just moved” and he realized how much power music can have.

They’ll all sing on Fox’s American Idol this Thursday.

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