During the recent episode of Fendt’s Rise Before Sunrise with Luke Bryan, the country superstar shared one of his favorite American Idol memories. Bryan reflected on hearing rising country star Alex Miller for the first time, and recalled him being so authentically country.
“One of my favorite memories from American Idol is probably the first time I got to see Alex Miller,” Bryan admitted.
Bryan continued, “The real, real country boy from Kentucky, he was just a real special kid and just his personality lit up the room and I never will forget hearing him talk, hearing him be so authentically country. It was pretty amazing.”
In the clip, the “Waves” singer also admitted that the opportunity to be a judge on American Idol was a “no brainer” for him as he is always open to inspiring people and offering advice when he can.
“To come from Leesburg, Georgia farming to a successful music career, now being on American Idol is pretty crazy. I mean, never would’ve imagined I would be spending so much time in front of a TV camera, but you know what you play the hands you’re dealt.” Bryan added. “And when I had the opportunity to join American Idol, it was something that sounded fun, I felt like I could inspire some kids and give these kids some great advice and it was a no brainer for me.”
Watch the aforementioned clip below.
During Miller’s Idol audition, he had the opportunity to sing a duet of Merle Haggard’s hit “Big City” with Luke Bryan, which saw them jamming out on their respective guitars, following his original song “I’m Over You, So Get Over Me.”
Bryan promised Miller to make some calls to see if he can get him a spot to perform on the Opry.
After Miller’s Idol journey on Season 19 came to a close, the reigning ACM Entertainer Of The Year and Idol judge surprised the young traditional country singer with an invite to perform alongside him at the Grand Ole Opry via a Zoom call, letting him know that he “made some calls to my good friends… and they agreed to let my buddy Alex Miller come perform at the Grand Ole Opry.”
As of right now there has been no official date set for his appearance at the Opry, but he says “I wish it’d hurry up and get here because I’m having trouble sleeping, thinkin’ about it so much, but it’s so cool. I just try not to think about it.”