Credit: Michael Becker/FOX © 2013 FOX Broadcasting Co. Photo: Jessica Meuse in American Idol 2014, Atlanta Auditions

Not many American Idol contestants rock pink streaks in their hair, but Jess Meuse — who won a spot in the Top 31 of Season 13 — does so with no problem. But she didn't even need a dye job to stand out in the judges' ears.

Jess sang an original song called "Blue-Eyed Lie" — and J.Lo, Harry Connick, Jr., and Keith Urban dug her showmanship.

Harry even said that Jess seemed like the low-maintenance person who would be found hanging with a band instead of in her dressing room, but Jess contended that she was "a solo, acoustic act." That preference becomes even clearer during the drama that breaks out during Hollywood Week and the notorious group challenge.

Jess hails from Slapout, Alabama — a town whose weird name has a charming etymology. (Apparently, when a local shopkeeper ran out of a certain product, he'd tell his customers that he was "slap out of it.")

On her ReverbNation page, Jess writes that she has had a passion for music since she was a toddler, has sung for as long as she can remember, and taught herself guitar in high school. She recounts that she wrote her first song at 18, and that every lyric she pens comes from a true story.

"My influences have been affected by literally every genre of music. My music is a blend of rock with a southern twist from my country influence," she continues.

Well, it's working for you, girl!

Source: Jess Meuse on ReverbNation

Jess Meuse Sings "Blue-Eyed Lie"



Jess Meuse Performs


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