America’s Got Talent Season 17 discovered its subsequent Golden Buzzer winner — Lily Meola, a singer-songwriter from Hawaii. Meola wowed the judges with a good looking unique tune known as “Daydream.” And whereas many viewers heard the singer’s voice for the primary time at her audition, followers of Willie Nelson may need thought she sounded acquainted. That’s as a result of, lengthy earlier than she tried her luck on AGT, Meola and Nelson teamed up for a duet.
Lily Meola earned Heidi Klum’s Golden Buzzer with an unique tune on ‘America’s Received Expertise’
Meola walked onto the AGT stage sporting a butterfly-patterned outfit, which held particular which means for her. She advised the judges that she wrote “Daydream” a couple of years in the past when “things were really beautiful” in her life — she had a document label and a publishing deal and “butterflies [she] was hatching.”
Nevertheless, her life “flipped upside down” when Meola’s mom acquired a most cancers prognosis. She misplaced her offers as she turned a full-time caretaker for her mom, who has since died. Meola turned emotional as she talked about dropping her mother however mentioned she needed to push by means of the audition and make her proud.
After Meola’s touching efficiency, choose Heidi Klum advised the singer she was “speechless.” Klum advised Meola she “fell in love” along with her voice instantly. And although Klum didn’t intend to push her Golden Buzzer for a singer this season, she couldn’t resist giving Meola the honour.
“After hearing Lily’s story about her mom passing and her struggle with it, my heart was already melted,” Klum advised People. “And then she sang, and my gut told me, ‘She is yours.’”
Lily Meola recorded a duet with Willie Nelson in 2013
As Meola revealed to Wasserman Music, she fell in love with music in her childhood. She grew up performing in entrance of others and landed a weekly gig at a restaurant by the point she entered center faculty. Her household had been shut mates with Annie D’Angelo, who generally went along with her husband, Willie Nelson, to see Meola carry out. When Meola was 20 years outdated, Nelson noticed her carry out Patsy Cline’s “Crazy,” and he was so impressed that he requested her to document with him.
“After the show, Willie handed me a napkin with a few song titles written on it and said, ‘Would you like to record any of these?’” Meola recalled. “He asked me if I wanted to be on his duet album. I was like, ‘Hell, yes.’”
Meola went on to document “Will You Remember Mine” with Nelson. The tune appeared on Nelson’s 2013 album, To All The Ladies … Moreover, she has carried out alongside Nelson yearly at his Farm Assist live performance and toured with him.
“Willie is the most genuinely nice human on the planet, and he works harder than anyone I know,” Meola mentioned.
Willie Nelson wasn’t the one well-known musician in Meola’s life. She went on to collaborate with different artists, together with Steven Tyler, Sammy Hagar, and extra. She additionally acquired songwriting ideas from Jackson Browne.
Along with her collaborations with different artists, Meola has carried out solo work. She launched “Daydream” as a part of a five-song EP earlier this 12 months.
Lily Meola mentioned she’s excited to share extra unique music on ‘America’s Received Expertise’
With her Golden Buzzer win, Meola is transferring on to America’s Received Expertise Season 17’s stay reveals. She advised Those that she desires to “stick to originals” for her future performances.
“The show is a talent show, and I love to sing. Singing’s what I’ve been doing my whole life and writing is a little bit newer to me,” she mentioned. “But [being a] singer-songwriter is my talent so I’m gonna stick to the originals. I know that can be hard for some people to hear, just ’cause it’s fresh. It might be a disadvantage, it might be an advantage, we’ll see!”
Followers can see Lily Meola carry out within the stay reveals on America’s Received Expertise, which airs on Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.