UPDATE, 3-7: Jessica made it through another week on American Idol. Top 11, baby! Tune in on Wednesday for performances based on the "Soundtrack to Our Lives."
UPDATE, 2-28: Jessica survived the first finalist cut on Thursday! She is now in the top 12. Tune in on Wednesday as the finalists take on the theme for the night - "Home."
Fans call her the “Standout from Slapout.” Harry Connick Jr. compares her to Stevie Nicks. But the title AUM student Jessica Meuse wants is American Idol.
Meuse – a junior majoring in liberal arts who calls Slapout, Ala., home – is a semi-finalist on the 13th season of American Idol. She was one of 43 singers given a “golden ticket” at the Atlanta auditions and is now in Hollywood pursing her dreams of rock stardom.
“I’ll either die a successful musician or a broke one,” Meuse said on national TV during her audition. Celebrity judges Harry Connick Jr., Jennifer Lopez and Keith Urban were wowed by her raw talent. She played the guitar and sang a song she penned herself, “Blue Eyed Lie,” gaining the approval of all three judges.
“We haven’t heard a voice anything like hers yet this season, and that’s always exciting,” said a popular Idol fan site, American Idol Net.
Entertainment Weekly’s Annie Barrett wrote, “I can see her making her own choices and having a clear vision of who she is rather than who the Idol machine wants her to be. We need as many of those gems as possible!"
On her Reverb Nation profile, Meuse said “I have always had a passion for music, and it has been with me since I was a toddler. I wrote my first song when I was 18 in response to a real-life situation, and my writing just continued to mature from that day on. I taught myself guitar during my high school days, and I'm still driven to advance my skill as a guitarist. I've always been a singer, though, ever since I can remember. All of my songs are a part of me, and they're all true stories.”
She says her style is “a blend of rock with a southern twist” and her musical influences are Coldplay, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Stevie Nicks, Death Cab for Cutie, Shinedown, Apocalyptica, Alter Bridge, Group Love and Bruno Mars.
At AUM, Meuse is pursing a Bachelor of Liberal Arts degree. She has studied music and studio arts in the Department of Fine Arts and public relations and costume construction in the Department of Communication and Dramatic Arts.
“The Liberal Arts degree allows her to take classes in all of the disciplines she is interested in as a creative and passionate performing artist,” said Meuse’s advisor, Dana Bice. “Music is a part of her daily life, and it is wonderful seeing her receive national exposure on American Idol. The AUM School of Liberal Arts and I are proud of her for auditioning and thrilled for her success so far on the show.”
American Idol airs Wednesdays and Thursdays at 7 p.m. on the Fox network.