Midfield’s American Idol

Swift hopes to make most of opportunity


Matagorda County has an American Idol

Colby Swift, a 2018 graduate of Tidehaven High School, was awarded a golden ticket to Hollywood during Sunday’s auditions of ABC’s American Idol television show.

“I am star struck,” Swift said. “I really don’t know how to put it into words. It is really hard to believe. I know this is not going to be the end of anything and it will be something more. It really feels like a dream come true.”

Swift’s audition performance was highlighted during Sunday’s show. It showed the Midfield resident at home on the farm as he told the story of his life up until now.

“I saw my mom leaving and my dad said she was going to get some ice cream,” Swift said during the television program. “I told my dad to tell her to get some cookies and cream and she looked back at me and smiled. I guess the line must be long because it’s been nine years and she hasn’t come back yet.”

The story touched the heart of viewers but it was Swift’s down-home country sound that touched the hearts of Lionel Richie, Katy Perry and Luke Bryan and they unanimously passed Swift to the next round of the television show by advancing him to the Hollywood auditions where the group is paired down before the live shows begin.

Swift said the thought of becoming a professional singer has crossed his mind for some time recently.

“I have been thinking about it for a while,” Swift said. “I have thought about it for about a year but have only been singing professionally for about eight months. I have played guitar for 15 years.”

Swift said at the urging of his sister, he decided to audition for American Idol.

“I was playing all the bars in Bay City and my sister told me if I was going to do this, I might as well try out for American Idol,” Swift said. “I just went ahead and gave it a try and come to find out that I made it.”

Next up for Swift is heading to Hollywood where the competition gets only tougher for the “fence painter.”

“It is really hard to believe that I am heading to Hollywood,” Swift said. “I haven’t really got out of the state of Texas and only really played in this local area. It is hard to realize what the outcome is going to be.”

The 2018 graduate of Tidehaven never thought he would be on national television and giving the American public a chance to see him on this scale.

“I never dreamed I would get this far,” Swift said. “Now it is time for me to keep pushing. I want to find the right people that can help me out and get me to that next step.”

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