In front of the judges from American Idol, Ronda Felton took the stage to sing from the depths of her being.
However, she found herself unable to contain her emotions when the judges inquired about her background. Ronda has found that singing is the best way for her to deal with her circumstances, which, to put it mildly, have been challenging.
Her mother and she are the only members of her family, and the two of them are the only ones who have been able to see them through periods of homelessness, poverty, and the ongoing hunt for a secure place to sleep.
Felton is nineteen. Although she now resides in Arizona, she was born in Milwaukee. Ronda has already traveled a significant distance, but her adventure is only beginning.
Both she and her mother relied on music to get through the ups and downs of life. “Zoom” by The Commodores is the couple’s go-to tune when they want to dance.
“I count it as a tremendous blessing to be here with each and every one of you. To me, it means everything in the world.
Immediately before the beginning of her performance, Felton shouted as Lionel gave her his black handkerchief.
Ronda selected the song “One Night Only” from the musical Dream Girls to serve as the announcement song for her audition.
Ronda, who is just 19 years old, demonstrated her vocal powers while singing to a solo piano. While she was standing on the Idol logo, she realized that this was her chance. And she had an incredible voice.
Lionel was so moved by Ronda’s performance that he had to wipe tears from his eyes at one point.
Elijah Allen stated,
“Ronda is deserving of this award since I attended the same high school as her, and I’ve seen her perform live.”
Take it on faith that he is telling the truth.
There is an audible stillness in the room, and it is not simply as a result of Ronda’s singing; rather, it is due of the tale that she told about her life.
As Ronda sang from the depths of her being, the judges were overcome with admiration and wonder.
Lionel spoke first after her audition,
“I was doing extremely well until you walked in and did something that no one else has done today, which is touch me to the point where it made me weep,” she said. “I was really happy about that.”
“Life has a way of throwing curve balls every so often, and when it does, you find yourself wondering, how can I get out of this predicament? And God opens a door through the chink in the wall. Only a crack, since all of the other cracks have been there since the beginning of time. However, that fissure is large enough for you to squeeze through it. And you, my darling, have just discovered that flaw. Because it was the instant that would forever alter the course of your life.”
And then Katy added her two cents:
It’s not necessary for you to be tough. You simply gotta’ be Ronda. And it will get you to the end of the road.”
This is what Luke had to say,
“That was a terrific performance, but I have a strong suspicion that it’s not going to be your finest performance to come,” the judge said.
The trip that Ronda has taken serves as evidence that there is always a justification for optimism, whatever the circumstances that one may be facing. She is living evidence that our histories are not the sum total of who we are and that new opportunities may present themselves to any one of us if only we are willing to accept them.
Watch the video below to see the performance during the audition that reduced Lionel to tears.