A local musician and UL Lafayette music student is heading to Hollywood. This week Emily revealed she got the golden ticket from American Idol celebrity judges to advance to the next round.
You may remember Emily Ortego from last September. We featured her right here on News 15 when the community put on a send off party before her audition. Since then she’s been keeping the results a secret. Friday she opened up to News 15’s Megan Woods about the entire experience, check out what she had to say.
“They saw something in me I don’t think I see in me.”
When musician and songwriter Emily Ortego first picked up a guitar as a child, the dream wasn’t to be on a television singing competition.
“I think I’m living the dream I didn’t know I had until I was living it.”
A new dream. It includes being herself and performing her original, “So I sing” for celebrity judges Katy Perry, Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie.
Ortego says, “They really really genuinely loved that I was so vulnerable and that I decided to put myself out there in a really emotional way. Lionel said I inspired him I don’t know I think I can go to sleep happy for the rest of my life.”
Not only that, she was exactly what they were looking for.
“And then Luke said we’re not looking for the cookie cutter thing. We’re looking for something real and that can really deliver a story.”
What Luke Bryan doesn’t realize is that’s all Emily has ever wanted, listeners to connect.
“It makes me play it with a different spirit now, like it’s being heard. It’s just really healing anytime I play it, but when I really can have someone else feel it too it means a lot more.”
For more information on Emily Ortego click here. You can also find her music on Spotify.