Victoria-area musician Jesse Roper is “stoked” after hearing one of his songs was sung on American Idol this week and earned its performer a ticket to Hollywood.
I’d like to say thanks and good luck to Jake Durkin on the rest of his American Idol journey!!! It was surreal watching this clip. Nicely done Jake. I’ll be cheering you on the rest of the way. pic.twitter.com/4ezQm4fvZr— Jesse Roper (@jesseropershow) March 7, 2019
Jake Durkin, a 25-year-old singer-songwriter based out of Nashville, Tennessee, played two songs – Marvin Gaye’s “Let’s Get It On” and “Anytime of Night” by Roper.
“I chose Jesse’s song because I came across it on Spotify and fell in love with it. I love soul music and he’s been able to create a modern take on soul that I think is really authentic and beautiful,” said Durkin. “Plus, I love singing that song and it’s about time more people in the U.S. know about Jesse Roper.”
The performance won over judges Luke Bryan, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie, and had Perry “head over heels.”
The performance, which aired Wednesday, was part of the audition process for the 17th season of American Idol.
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