American Idol judges Lionel Richie, Katy Perry, and Luke Bryan were blown away by a 25-year-old church janitor from Maryland who auditioned by singing an original song called “Almost Heaven,” which he said was about “questioning if there is a place for me and people like me in heaven.”
Jeremiah Lloyd Harmon, an openly gay man who is the janitor at his father’s church, spoke about what it was like growing up as the gay son of a pastor.
“I felt a sense of certain parts of me do belong [in the church], and certain parts of me don’t belong,” he said, noting that he knew he was gay when he was 9-years-old.
Harmon revealed that his religious family isn’t fully supportive of him.
“There are times when I do feel alone,” he said. “The hardest part for me is seeing how difficult it is for my family.”
“You need to lose the broom, my friend,” Richie said after his audition, comparing him to Billy Joel.
“The range is incredible,” he added. “Your voice is incredible. The song….”
“Do you know how good you are?” Perry said.
Watch his audition, below: