"American Idol" is pretty pop-oriented, but every once in a while an artist with an electric guitar in hand can blow the roof off with some bluesy rock ’n’ roll.
That’s what Cade Foehner repeatedly did when he shredded the stage with his Texas blues guitar and his gritty, soulful voice as a contestant on Season 16 of "American Idol" in 2018.
The 22-year-old East Texan picked up the guitar when he was 13. Foehner did a lot of rodeoing, a normal Texas thing to do. But when he fell from his horse and broke his leg he decided that he’d rather do something else. Foehner asked for a guitar for Christmas and hasn’t looked back. He honed his skills performing regularly at his church and then made his public debut at the Texas Poultry Festival.
From there, Foehner went on to win Best Guitarist in the Texas 10 under 20 competition at the Dallas International Guitar Festival. At the time, Foehner was playing in the band Johnson’s Lost Crowes and used the prize money to record some songs.
Later, Foehner auditioned for Season 11 of "The Voice" but didn’t make the cut. Rather than sulk, he saw it as a great learning experience — particularly the tips and training he received from the show’s vocal coaches.
“I learned so much about myself as an artist and who I am as a singer,” Foehner said of the audition in a radio interview. “It was an amazing thing and I wouldn’t trade it for anything.”
Foehner took that experience and channeled it into a successful audition for "American Idol." With his good looks and leonine mane of curly brown hair, Foehner made a big impression on "American Idol" audiences and judges, especially a swooning Katy Perry.
Foehner made it to the top five out of 200,000 contestants and went on to recorded the single “Breathe Out” (Hollywood Records) which peaked at No. 5 on the charts. He followed with a 47-city tour with "American Idol." Since then he has released two more singles, “Crown” and “Southern Hallelujah” and is currently in the studio finishing his debut album.
He recently announced his engagement to "American Idol" co-contestant Gabby Barrett.
Foehner will be stopping in Savannah during his tour for a show at The Cylde Venue and diehard fans can purchase tickets for a special meet and greet with the "Idol" star. Savannah’s Christian contemporary rockers Draucker are opening.