Glennellen Anderson, a Foley resident, recently auditioned for ‘American Idol’ in New Orleans.
Anderson performed the song “Put the Gun Down” by ZZ Ward and “Uninvited” by Alanis Morissette, in her New Orleans American Idol audition.
Glennellen says her style is an eclectic mix of jazz, pop, and rock.
“You’re not just thinking remember those lyrics, don’t’ crack, warm up. You’re thinking this is my one chance at being not just national television, but showing the world what you can do and what you want to do. You don’t want to walk in there and not present yourself the way you want to. Before you walk in you’re just telling yourself to be you and not to walk out of that room with regrets with or without that golden ticket,” Anderson explained.
Anderson has gone in front of American Idol judges twice. When she was 15, she tried out but was told she was too young. A couple of years later, she was back in New Orleans trying to make her dream come true again and this time, it was a success.
“It’s surreal. It’s insane, when they’re like ‘you’re going to Hollywood’ and you get the yeses from the entire panel, it’s crazy because I the entire time was just excited. I don’t really cry, I really don’t so I was just jumping up and down excited but I was so excited I balled like a baby it was that moment of you made it, you’re going, this was all for a reason. Such a feeling of success,” Anderson said.
Idol judge Harry Connick, Jr. gave her a compliment saying, “Your intelligence is going to take you so far in this business, as well as your voice.”
During Hollywood week, Glennellen found out she didn’t advance in the competition after that performance.
Since then, Anderson has recorded her first album titled “Perspective” and will be back in California in April to record her very first music video.
“I get to walk away from that getting to do my own thing and getting to be the artist that is Glennellen Anderson and that’s all I wanted to be,” Anderson said.
With Anderson being on Idol, it gave her the big break she needed and she’s pushing forward with a positive perspective and continuing on with her career.