Growing up, he started singing at the age of 5 when his mother taught him to sing "Amazing Grace" and sing in church.
He has sung and played in many musicals at school and college.
Before entering American Idol, he auditioned for NBC, The Voice in 2014. He went to various places and played popular numbers, but despite his incredible singing talents, he was rejected by each judge. The rejection fueled his hope and began to prepare for American Idol.
In the American Idol reality TV show, the judges were quite impressed by his soulful voice and after hearing about his education on the farm. He was the first RnB singer to be accepted by the judges of the season.