If you are a fan of country music, you definitely know who Dolly Parton is. She is no other than the queen of country music and doing a rendition of her song means having some big shoes to fill. It’s certainly a challenge! However, this fact did not stop 16-year-old Riley Thompson from covering her song.
On the April 1 episode of popular talent search American Idol the young singer wowed the audience, as well as the judges, with her own version of Dolly Parton’s iconic song “Jolene”. Her performance was certainly exceptional taking the song through a new perspective.
Riley, a high school student from Mabank, Texas, is an aspiring country singer who joined the current season of the prestigious show American Idol. Armed with her amazing vocals, confidence and love for singing, this talented young woman passed the auditions and the dreaded Hollywood Week. She got through to the Top 40 in the Hawaii episode of the show after receiving very good feedback for her chosen song “Mama’s Broken Heart”.
For her performance on the solos Riley chose to channel iconic country music personality Dolly Parton’s equally iconic song “Jolene”. She sang it in a similar way to Dolly, trying to dig deep and channel her own inner Dolly.
As Riley performs, her family stands in the crowd to cheer her on. They are the source of inspiration that keeps Riley going. Their love and support is what fuels Riley to fight for her dreams. And so, that night when Riley sang solo the young performer gave her best in singing her song of choice!
Her performance was received quite well by the audience and the judges were all smiles as they clapped their hands to Riley’s song. It was truly a great take on the song and it made it all the more beautiful.
Their feedback on her performance seemed to be going in one direction. Her vocals, as usual, have a unique country tone that all of them love, although the song needed to have more grit as it is something about a woman telling another not to take the person she loves.
Although the judges thought that she still needs to be out there to gain more grit in performing big songs like “Jolene”, they are also certain that Riley is a talented singer. This is just the start of her journey and we can expect to see great performances from her. Best of luck, Riley!
This talented girl’s performance is definitely a must-see!