Let’s face it, even the most highly successful music artist had to start somewhere! Every performer, singer, songwriter, or musician likely began pursuing their dream after being moved by a real-life experience.
Plenty of artists got their start after attending their first concert, while others found their passion following the purchase of their first full-length album. Some artists even had to climb the ranks, oddly enough, by digging ditches for extra cash to find their way to playing on stage in front of thousands of people. Meanwhile, others have stood in giant crowds to see bands play on stage before ever hitting the road on their own.
After paying his dues and learning the ins and outs of the business, though, American Idol finalist Caleb Kennedy has been able to make a career out of what he loves to do! And, he can now reflect on his journey and see how far he has come so far.
Luckily, for readers Music Mayhem has decided to go back to where it all began for Kennedy, and find out some of the biggest moments that have helped shape him into who he is today!
Check out these cool first-time experiences that have made an impact on Kennedy throughout his life.
First album purchased: Hank Williams Sr. No. 1 Hits (20 Greatest Hits)
First concert attended as a fan: Actually I’ve never been to a concert. I am going to get to see Riley Green, Laine Hardy, Sam Hunt and John Langston very soon, near my hometown. I’m very excited about that.
First musical inspiration: Chris Young
First musical memory: My first musical memory was probably in elementary school, in music class. We would have little year school events where we would play little instruments and sing what we had learned over the course of the year at an event that our parents could attend.
First show I’ve ever played: Although I played weekly open mic nights at Fr8 Yard my first true show was probably at Pelicans in Roebuck; a Back to School Bash.
First celebrity/musician crush: I think Miranda Lambert is hot!
First job: Zaxby’s at 14 years old – Gigs
First date: September of 2019 I dated an amazing girl that took part of my heart when we broke up. I don’t know that I will ever completely be over her; She was my first love.
First song you’ve ever written or released: First song written is titled “mine.” It is about a girl that I was crazy about at that time, but she didn’t feel the same way I did. First song I released is titled, “It’ll Catch Up With Me Someday.”
First time you felt you made it: I don’t know that I have ever felt like I’ve “made it”… like I’ve arrived, or I’m at the top. It was an awesome feeling to get the golden ticket and get to go to Hollywood. It was an awesome feeling to make it through another round. The night that we were competing for the Top 5 spots. I just knew they were going to call Hunter Metts’ name instead of mine. That is why I looked so shocked! I looked over at Hunter and said “Holy Shit” in disbelief.