Third Kentucky singer follows her American Idol dream; audition to air Sunday

Published 5:48 am Friday, March 5, 2021

Alyssa Wray, an American Idol contestant from Perryville, Kentucky, will have her audition aired March 7 at 8 p.m.

Soon, the audience and her local community will know whether she got a golden ticket to advance.

Her family will be having a COVID-19-safe watch party, complete with cake to watch her shine on the screen.

Wray said she’s excited for people not only to hear her sing, but to hear her story, too, since she said most people locally know she sings but might not know her background and more about her as a person.

Wray speaks speedily and exudes confidence. But she said it took her a while to love herself and overcome insecurity, and performing helped her.

She said growing up, she’d describe herself as “the oddball,” and “kind of different.” She stands at a couple of inches over six feet tall, and said since about fifth grade, she was often one of the only Black kids in class.

“That has a lot to do with how you develop as a person, when you don’t really see yourself anywhere, and you just kind of stand out,” she said.

Later, she said, “It was hard for me to love who I was and love the uniqueness that I brought to different situations.”

Her escape from those feelings was music. She’d sing at church and talent shows and got roles in musicals. She’d make up performances and choreography and “dive into the art that is music and musical theater.” It built her up and it’s why she loves what she does, she said. And now she strives to be unapologetically herself.

Wray stands in front of an American Idol sign in Ojai, California, where she auditioned. – Photo submitted
She said one of her main goals, with her background in mind, is to be an influence on younger kids and help people feel seen and inspired.