During American Idol’s Atlanta auditions, Ben Briley set himself apart from the rest of the competition with a soulful country croon that relayed itself well to a throwback bluegrass-influenced sound. He first demonstrated his unique stylings on a rendition of Amos Lee’s “Arms of a Woman”, fittingly telling the story of how his wife changed his life for the best whilst doing so. With his down-home country influence and lifestyle, one could tell his relatability and likability factors alone would take him far in the competition. When that was put to the test for the first time in a final showdown between he and Neco Starr to see which one of them would make the Top 30, it was not a theory that was put to rest as he was the one out of the two that America had voted in. They then later saw to it to bring him on through into the Top 13 as well after his take on “Soulshine” by The Allman Brothers Band.
Prior to the start of his Idol journey, Ben maintained a YouTube channel which contains a good eight videos showcasing his individual influences brightly. While his Southern influence is shown most prominently here, as one might expect, covers of John Mayer, Ray Charles, and even Elton John show that he isn’t afraid to step out of the box of what people might expect of him a bit. Ben was also a part of the acclaimed “Backstreet Cowboys” group alongside Casey Thrasher and Dexter Roberts, where the trio performed a fun, if not imperfect, version of the boy band’s “I Want It That Way”.
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