American Idol

Vincent Powell

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Name: Vincent Powell aka “Vince Powell” 

There are a lot of old souls on season 12 of American Idol, and Vincent Powell is one of them. On his showcaseyourmusic.com site, he calls his style a “unique blend of gospel and jazz with a contemporary flavor.”

That contemporary flavor was key in his Las Vegas performance. Singing Lenny Williams’ 1978 hit, “Cause I Love You,” he could have fallen victim to seeming dated compared to the other hopefuls who chose more current songs. But the American Idol 2013 judges loved him.

"It was a good old-fashioned, it was a sexy old-fashioned," Nicki Minaj said. She didn't hesitate to tell him that he was going through to the next round. And Keith Urban, Mariah Carey, and Randy Jackson gave him a standing ovation. Randy even said, “I felt like the show tonight started right here.”

The 29-year-old Houston-based youth minister and worship curator has a signature look on top of his signature sound, as he always wears distinctive, thick black-framed glasses. Vincent studied television, radio, and film at Texas Southern University, where he reportedly sang with a jazz ensemble.

Vincent definitely didn’t come to Idol as a complete newbie. In addition to making it to the Top 40 for season 11, Vincent has already released a 12-track gospel CD, aptly titled Convinced, as well as a Christmas album.

The talented singer’s singing career was almost predestined. As he told americanidol.com last year, “This was kind of frightening, but my mother and sisters are singers, so it was in the genes.”

Americanidol.com caught up with Vincent backstage just after his stellar performance in Las Vegas, and he told them he wasn’t going to get complacent due to the high praise he received. In fact, he said, “This is only the beginning...I’m determined...I have to take it up a notch.” He’s up for the challenge, saying, “Let the games begin.”

American Idol Season: 12 (2013)

Age: 29

Hometown: Austin, TX

Audition: Vincent Powell auditioned for American Idol 2013 Season 12 in San Antonio, TX. He performed the blues standard “Rock Me Baby” and rocked the judges right into a ticket to Hollywood.

Hollywood Week A Capella Round: During the guys’ Hollywood Week, Vincent’s a capella performance was not shown, but he was selected to move on to the group round.

Hollywood Week Group Round: During the guys' Hollywood Weekk, Vincent performed “Hold On, I’m Coming” by San & Dave in the ‘Four Tones’ group with Marvin Calderon, David Willis, and Micah Johnson. The entire group was picked to move on to the solo round.

Hollywood Week Solo Round: During the guys' Hollywood Week solo round, Vincent’s performance was not shown, but he was picked by the judges to go to Vegas as part of the Top 40.

Top 40/Las Vegas Round 4: Vincent Powell performed “Cause I Love You” by Lenny Williams in the Las Vegas sudden death rounds. The judges are blown away and throw Vincent right along to the Top 20.

Top 20/Semi-Finals Round 2: Despite a strong showing last week, Vincent took on Boyz II Men's "End of the Road" during the Top 10 guys semi-finals round but failed to blow the judges away. Keith Urban noted that nerves seemed to have gotten the best of him, but they all agreed his voice is amazing.

- Marnie Brodersen

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