Gallatin Resident Gets American Idol Ticket To Hollywood
Updated: Thursday, January 23 2014, 11:22 PM CST
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Tenn.—Could the next American Idol be a Sumner County man? Tune in and
find out! Ben Briley auditioned in Atlanta this season, and is now on
his way to
Hollywood for the next round.
Ben Briley said, " It's been a crazy ride leading up to this point. "
The 24-year-old, Gallatin native stopped in Fox 17 studios to share his experience before heading out.
Briley explained, "It's been a very humbling experience, I am extremely excited about it."
excitement only came after years of determination. This is the third
time Briley has tried out for American Idol. This time around, Ben went
to Orlando and won
the “Idol Experience”. Briley describes it as a mini-version of American
Idol. His victory was awarded with a ticket to pass the Season 13
audition lines in Atlanta.
Ben Briley said, “I've got it, might as well… who knows where this could lead."
Now, it’s leading him straight to Hollywood, after impressing the judges.
Briley added, " I was just focused on the music. If I can stay true to that then I think I will do all right."
Courtney Briley, Ben’s wife said, "There's no one who deserves it more. "
Courtney is one of Ben’s biggest fans. The couple married this past June, after meeting at Middle Tennessee State University.
Courtney said, "I'm a firm believer that this is God's way of leading us somewhere really good and we're really blessed."
is a singer, songwriter and guitarist. He usually performs country
music, but says he is always willing to branch out. He graduated from
MTSU studying Public Relations
and Broadcast Journalism as his back-up plan.
Ben explained, " Plan number one was to play music the rest of my life and make a living and support my family. "
You can catch Ben Briley and the rest of the American Idol contestants on Wednesdays and Thursday on Fox 17.
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