Grand Junction singer attempting second ‘American Idol’ run |

Grand Junction singer attempting second ‘American Idol’ run

Sean Johnson
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Glenwood Springs Post Independent photoAngella Lewis

RIFLE, Colorado – Thousands watch every season as the four “American Idol” judges crush the dreams of some, while making others come true.

The highly popular television show is all about dreams.

One such dreamer is Angella Lewis. The former Rifle resident, who now lives in Grand Junction, is auditioning again.

Lewis, who first auditioned for “American Idol” four years ago, will travel to Denver today with the hopes that her lifelong dream will come true.

Today’s event is a preliminary audition and if she makes it to Monday, she will have another shot at making it to the live taping with judges Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul, Randy Jackson and Kara DioGuardi on Tuesday.

To prepare for this year’s audition, Lewis has been doing Karaoke contests and practicing constantly. Lewis, 28, said proudly she is 20 pounds lighter this year and has had fun practicing new songs. She is currently working on Miley Cyrus’s hit “The Climb.”

Lewis’s previous experience has her confident.

“I definitely know what to expect this year,” Lewis said.

She is pumped for her audition and hopes to make it on the show. “I am going to have a lot more spunk and attitude this time,” Lewis said. “I’m going to bring it.”

Lewis has prepared a couple of different songs to audition with. She will have a pop, rock and roll and country song ready to show the judges exactly what she’s bringing to the table.

She laughed when talking about her 6-year-old daughter Alyssa who shares her mother’s love for singing. Alyssa will sing with her mom when she picks a new one, like “The Climb.”

“I want to break in and do it for a living,” Lewis said.

Lewis is a seasoned performer when it comes to singing in front of a crowd. She has opened for numerous artists including country super star Reba McEntire. Lewis has also been a National Finalist for the competition Talent Quest for the last couple of years.

Recently, she gave her demo to Mark Ramsey, the lead guitarist for the country group Blake Shelton. The band seems to have enjoyed the demo and is waiting for the band’s manager to say whether they plan to use Lewis in the future.

Whether or not she makes it on “American Idol” will not deter Lewis from following her passion. She continues to sing up and down the valley in hopes of being noticed for her musical talent.

She’s keeping her dream alive.

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