WATCH: Berklee Student's 'American Idol' Audition Moves Luke Bryan To Tears

By Jason Hall

February 17, 2021

A Berklee College of Music student left 'American Idol' judges floored during her audition on the show's 19th season premiere Sunday (February 14) night.

Grace Kinstler, 20, performed Gladys Knight & The Pips' classic 'Midnight Train to Georgia' and Aretha Franklin's 'Natural Woman,' which she dedicated to her late father, who died unexpectedly last year.

Kinstler's rendition of both songs wowed judges Lionel Richie, Katy Perry and Luke Bryan, who was left teary-eded during the Berklee student's rendition of 'Natural Woman.'

“I get brought to tears by stories and backgrounds of what people have been through and their struggles,” Bryan told Kinstler after the performance. “But this is the first time in four years that someone just singing made me cry.”

Kinstler told 'American Idol' host Ryan Seacrest that her father was her biggest supporter in her pursuit of music before his sudden death in February 2020.

“Him not being here has taught me, live every moment as if it is your last,” Kinstler said. “Take every opportunity, every chance, because you don’t know what chance you can get because of it.”

Bryan compared Kinstler's audition to previous 'Idol' winners Kelly Clarkson and Jennifer Hudson and said it was the first time someone's song moved him to tears during the four years he's served as a judge on the show.

Bryan, Perry and Richie each voted "yes" for Kinstler to Hollywood week.

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