7 Things To Know About "American Idol" Incredible Canadian Contestant Lauren Spencer-Smith
The next Canadian Adele is here! American Idol's Lauren Spencer-Smith blew away all three judges with her audition that premiered this weekend. The 16-year-old from BC has pipes that you need to hear.
Spencer-Smith hails from Nanaimo on Vancouver Island where she lives with her family. She auditioned for the singing competitionafter learning that they were finally accepting Canadian applicants.
With her own rendition of P!nk's "What About Us", the teen left judge Luke Bryan speechless and even had Katy Perry and Lionel Richie forget that she was so young.
Wherever her American Idol journey takes her is sure to be a hit. In fact, The Canadian Press claims that she's already working with writers to release her own original songs after the show.
Here are seven more facts about the upcoming star.
She Was Born In England
The singer was born on September 28, 2003, in Portsmouth, England. The Canadian Press writes that her British parents moved her and her older brother to Canada when she was three-years-old.
She Has Always Wanted To Be A Singer
In a video with CTV News, Spencer-Smith said, "I've always known in my heart and in my head that since I was three, I wanted to be a singer."
The video notes that she performed in her first talent show at six-years-old and won the Port Alberni Salmon Festival karaoke contest award at eight-years-old.
She Started Posting YouTube Videos In 2015
The singer's YouTube channel currently has 193,000 subscribers and is growing. Her first video was posted in August 2015 when she was 11-years-old and was an on-stage cover of "At Last" by Etta James.
She Sang With Keith Urban At 11-Years-Old
A quick scroll through her 51 YouTube videos will have you find an on-stage duet she shared with Keith Urban. The video with 3.9 million views notes that she was just 11-years-old and sang Bob Marley and Adele's "Make You Feel My Love" with him.
In the video, Urban shared that they run a competition to find someone to sing with him on stage. However, he said that "There were two people I really loved and I wanted them both to come in and sing tonight. Particularly this next girl because she's got an amazing voice and she's only 11."
One Of Her Viral Videos Caught Steve Harvey's Attention
In April 2019, Spencer-Smith posted a cover of Lady Gaga's "Always Remember Us This Way". The video features her singing in the car next to her dad and currently has over two million views.
On his talk show, Steve Harvey shared that the viral video caught his attention and he invited her to perform. She even sang the same P!nk song she auditioned with on American Idol.
She Has Multiple Singles & Albums
The 16-years-old's official website notes that she has three studio-recorded covers. She released "Always Remember Us This Way", "Someone You Loved", and "Crazy".
On her Spotify page, she also has two albums titled Unplugged Vol. 1 and Unplugged Vol. 2, both of which are live performances of covers.
She's Nominated For A 2020 Juno
According to The Canadian Press, Spencer-Smith is nominated for a Juno award in the category adult contemporary album of the year for Unplugged Vol. 1.