AU grad uses American Idol loss as an opportunity

Anderson, Ind. — Anderson University graduate, Luke Stafford BA ’16, auditioned for American Idol. Although he did not progress past the first round, he is encouraging others to “not be intimidated by their failure.” 

Stafford’s audition aired on March 15. His performance showcased his singing and instrumental abilities in front of award-winning artists Katy Perry, Lionel Richie, and Luke Bryan. According to Stafford’s video, which he posted to social media just hours before the 8 p.m. taping, he stated that he had lost his voice right before his audition. “I ended up waiting around for about 13 hours. And of course, on that thirteenth hour, my throat got sore and I lost it.” He continues to say that in these high-pressure situations, he sometimes finds that he can sing poorly due to the stress. Lionel Richie commended his instrumental ability but said his voice needed some work. At that point, Stafford gracefully exited the stage.

Although he did not progress, he is using this as an opportunity to keep pursuing his dream. “If you have a chance at a great opportunity that you believe could be life-changing, and you blow it, stay in the process. Don’t be intimidated by your failure, nor by the words of anybody else. If you know you got it, stick to your guns. Keep working. Keep believing. You’re important to this life and you matter.” 

Anderson University is on a mission to educate students for lives of faith and service, offering more than 60 undergraduate majors, 30 three-year degrees, 20 NCAA Division III intercollegiate sports, alongside adult and graduate programs. The private, liberal arts institution is fully accredited and recognized among top colleges for its business, computer science, cybersecurity, dance, engineering, nursing, and teacher education programs. Anderson University was established in 1917 in Anderson, Indiana, by the Church of God.

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