It's not typical for potential American Idol contestants to play two instruments during their auditions, but Alejandro Aranda is no ordinary musician. On March 6, the 24-year-old from Pomona, CA, performed for judges Katy Perry, Lionel Richie, and Luke Bryan with his original song "Out Loud" and left them speechless with his vocal talents and unbelievable speed on the guitar.
Instead of giving Aranda the automatic pass to Hollywood, Richie first requested the self-taught performer play another tune — this time on the piano. While Aranda admitted he hadn't played piano "in a minute," once he started at the keys, the room fell under his spell again. "I'm in the presence of greatness," Bryan exclaimed. "I've just never seen anything like that."
Aranda named Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Rezner, Chopin, and Bach as his musical inspirations. Drawing from such a unique mix, it's clear why Aranda can claim a one-of-a-kind style. The audition process is still ongoing, but Perry has already declared him the winner. Only time will tell if Aranda takes home the top prize, but for now, there's no question: he's headed to Hollywood. In the meantime, check out his Instagram for more original music.