|Flynn Gets “Golden Ticket”|
|Written by Mike Woody|
|Wednesday, 23 January 2013 00:00|
Among the thousands who auditioned, Caleb Flynn earned a ‘Golden Ticket’ and a trip to Hollywood on American Idol.
However, it’s not personal fame that the Tipp City resident is seeking to obtain with his voice, but the opportunity further glorify God. Every Sunday Flynn expresses his faith through music as the Worship Leader at the Living Word Church in Vandalia and saw American Idol as a platform to reach a wider audience.
From his initial tryout, all the way to Hollywood, Flynn put his fate into the hands of God. “I said, ‘Lord, if you can receive any glory from this then allow me to go deep into the competition. You are the reason I’m here, I don’t want it to be about me’,” said Flynn.
It’s the second time Flynn has tried out for American Idol, the first being three years ago. He’d moved on the dream, until going to Disney World in August to celebrate two years of marriage with his wife Ashley, fifth grade teacher at L.T Ball, and entered the parks American Idol competition. Four rounds and seven hours later, Flynn was crowned the winner and earned a pass to audition for Fox’s American Idol in 2014. With a raised self confidence he decided not to wait and auditioned online. It resulted in an invitation to the Chicago auditions.
A lot of waiting was done in Chicago, including from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. for Flynn’s audition in front of the celebrity judges for television. He performed ‘Lean On Me,’ which was positively received by Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj, Keith Urban and Randy Jackson, granting him the ‘Golden Ticket’ to Hollywood. To appear in front of world renowned musicians whose CD’s he’s purchased was intimidating for Flynn, but he remained focused on just enjoying the experience. “I was more excited than nervous; I’m blessed with a great job and family back home so it’s not a life or death thing for me. I’ll be good no matter what happens,” he said.
Raised in Minnesota, Flynn attended a small high school in which he was in show choir and a number of musicals. Singing has always been his passion, and has a song in his head from morning till night. His attraction to music stems from the effect it can have on the lives of others.
“Music is powerful, its message can solve a person’s struggles and I love that,” said Flynn.
Whether it’s as a worship leader or a famous recording artist, the purpose to sing God’s praises remains the same for Flynn. He doesn’t measure success by the number of albums sold but the amount of lives touched. Flynn is grounded in faith, no matter where his career takes him.
“I know the Lord has placed me at this church now and if the given the opportunity to move on to bigger things I will continue to honor him,” he said.
Flynn’s journey of faith, including the intensity of Hollywood Week, can be followed on American Idol. Which airs Wednesday & Thursday nights on Fox at 8 p.m.