AGT gives Willie Nelson’s stepdaughter a second chance after her life is turned upside down – Yahoo Entertainment

american talents It is known to open new doors for seasoned performers who feared that their careers would be over. For example, last season police Academy Actor Michael Winslow, who stayed out of the limelight after the death of his wife in 1993, tested He reached the semi-finals. This week, it was the 27-year-old popular singer-songwriter Lili Miola, whose promising career and recording career six years ago was turned upside down, who got a second chance.

Lily auditioned on Tuesday with her original composition “Daydream.” AGT He judges that the song “has kind of evolved over the past couple of years, and that made sense to me. I wrote it at a time when things were really beautiful and I was daydreaming. I had a big recording deal. I had a publishing deal. I had butterflies I was hatching. It was Magical….And so, this is where I grew up.”

Lily, the Hawaiian-raised daughter of Nancy Meula (assistant to famed entertainment director Chip Gordon) and sister of professional surfer Matt Meula, was encouraged by her mother, her “biggest cheerleader,” to pursue music at a young age. Indeed, it was Lilly’s weekly stay at Café de Amis in Baia, booked by her enterprising mother, that caught the attention of audience member Willie Nelson. Lily, who was in her late teens at the time, became the stepdaughter of a country legend, touring with Nelson and praising him on his album to all the girls in 2013; named one of10 New Country Artists You Need To Know” by rolling rock Three years later, when she signed with Interscope Records. But when Nancy fell ill in 2016, Lily stopped daydreaming.

Lily explained to AGT Judges Tuesday, I began to choke. “I lost a record deal during that [ordeal]but she thinks it might have been a bit of a blessing, because it gave me some extra time to really be there for her.” Lily then revealed that Nancy had passed away, insisting, “I really told myself I wasn’t going to cry.”

they saywhich was supposed to be Lily’s Interscope debut of 2016, has ever appeared on the label, although the “Authorized Bootleg” is available on Amazon It features collaborations with Willie Nelson, sons Willie Lucas, Mica and even Kris Kristofferson. According to the post rolling rock an interviewShe is working on her all-new, self-released EP Daydream (“Musical Memoirs of My Dark, Beautiful, Sexy, and Painful Last Few Years”) was therapeutic for Lily Al-Haddad, who went into a “deep depression” after her mother died in June 2020. But it was clear that her grief was still raw this week, and this EP title track vocals , with its many new layers of meaning, for AGT The prospect of the judges was appalling.

“Lily, I have to ask you this: Will you be able to pass this test?” An anxious Simon Cowell asked frankly.

Lily admitted, “I don’t know how I’d be able to make it a song without crying.” “But you know, singing was something my mom and I really bonded with, and I fell in love with music in the first place — and she plays music in the car. So, I’m just trying to make her proud and continue to daydream.”

Lily brought her together singing for being a kid with starry eyes “in the backyard, playing astronauts and rock stars,” and then perhaps imagining her lost future: “Thirty-one, waiting tables / She has the voice of an angel / She ran out of money and power / She only sings while showering “. Lily herself did not weep, but there was no dryness in the house otherwise as she received a warm welcome from the judges.

“I’m sure those memories came back to you during the audition. And you think, ‘I still have to get through the song.'” Simon said, “I know you’ve been through a tough time, and I think your comeback says a lot about you.” Then, Heidi Klum, Judge Most impressed on the panel, she “fell in love” with Lily’s “light” and hit her golden voice, thus quickly following the singer straight to live performances.

“I think your mother was watching you tonight,” Sofia Vergara gently told Lily. After the audition, as Lily ditched the festive gold scraps, she spoke emotionally to host Terry Crews about Nancy, pondering, “She’d be so mad at me if I didn’t follow through with what I like, and ‘Daydream’ was one of her favorite songs. So, I think it would be Really happy, wherever she is.”

And now, there are no more Golden Buzzers in play for Season 17 – other recipients who will surely join Lily this year. american talents Live tours are saxophonist Avery Dixon, teen singers Madison Taylor Baez, Sarah James, and Lebanese Dance Ensemble. Maya. But there are still several weeks of less auditions than the Golden Buzzer, because the live shows don’t actually start until August 2. So, see you next week, the week after, and the weeks after.

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