The inaugural episode of ABC’s American Idol aired, which started with the first round of auditions. The show’s twentieth-anniversary theme was “A Moment Like This,” inspired by Kelly Clarkson’s song of the same name. The season was well worth the wait, with young artists from around the globe exhibiting their abilities. The episode’s closing fifteen minutes were the highlight of the debut when New York-based composer Taylor Fagins entered the audition room. His appearance triggered a discussion about how the judges hoped to identify performers that represented themselves via creative compositions.
With a deep breath, the 26-year-old sat at the piano to sing a song he’d composed and whispered:
“This is only for you.”
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Fans then dedicated his song to Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and many other African-Americans slain in America. The piece depicted the damage caused by violence toward African-Americans in their nation.
Who Is Taylor Fagins?
Taylor Jalen Fagins is one of the most recent American Idol competitors to audition and win a golden ticket. The 28-year-old crooner from California started singing when he was nine years old. His grandma is said to be a church choir member. In 2017, Fagins received his bachelor’s degree from the University of California. The singer-songwriter is presently enrolled in Berklee NYC, studying musical theater composition and design.
According to the magazine Mixed Article, Fagin began creating his songs during his sophomore year of college. They released his first single in March of last year, three years after graduating. The singer had acting experience in college, appearing in films such as Little Women and Parade. Fans also won the American Songwriter Annual Song Contest in 2020. On Instagram, he has over 3,000 followers, and his bio reads:
“Writing tales for those who cannot see…Writing music for those who cannot hear…Love is everything.”
On American Idol, he delivered his tune. We Need More, leaving the judges dumbfounded and fans in tears.
The American Idol Season 20 premiere saw several great singers get their golden ticket to Hollywood, while others pleased the judges despite being unable to obtain a key. Nicolina, an 18-year-old with a chill-inducing belt, HunterGirl with her beautiful country song, and many more were standouts on the evening. The next round of auditions will be placed on the West Coast, and the show will premiere on ABC on March 6, 2022, at 8 p.m. ET.