WATCH: Mike Parker’s ‘Strawberry Wine’ Cover Gives Luke Bryan ‘Chill Bumps’ on ‘American Idol’

Mike Parker grew up in Virginia and was surrounded by music growing up because his parents were lead singers in a band, so it’s no surprise that he caught the musical bug.

This led him to american idol where he showed up for the audition even though his family was going through a rather rough time.

Before his Idol hearing, Parker’s mother caught a mysterious illness.

“It could be leukemia,” he said on the show, revealing that she was hospitalized the day before she left for her audition.

“I feel guilty being here, but I know that’s exactly what she would want,” he admitted.

Accompanied by piano, Parker delivered a moving rendition of Deana Carter’s “Strawberry Wine.”

The judges seemed shocked by Parker’s talent.

“That last green on the vine gave me chills,” Luke Bryan explained after his performance. “If you just wanted to walk in there and just be cool and deliver it real silky, man, that’s gonna crush!”

Lionel Richie asked him to specify what kind of music he listens to.

“I listen to a lot of country but I’m R&B and soulful just like makeup, like an origin,” the Virginia native explained.

“Man, I think you’re a country singer. I think you have the potential to be really amazing,” added Bryan.

Katy Perry was all-in and she asked, “If I said Top 24, would you agree with me? Could you go even further than that?

Parker told him he thought and could and Perry advised, “Lean into this country.”

Before making his official decisions, Richie continued to offer advice to Parker.

“Simplicity is king… your voice screams, that texture in your voice? That’s the point. I really mean it,” he told her. “You have all the ingredients for this to happen.”

Richie then crossed the room to give the american idol hope for a hug.

“Every once in a while something happens where you become the example for so many kids that they don’t have to stay in a box. Not all black people play basketball. Not all black people rap,” Richie said.

They laughed together saying, “I don’t either!”

“This is your moment of inspiration. Take this and run with it,” Richie concluded.

Bryan agreed and said, “You’re 27. It’s never too late to start ticking off all those dreams, mate.

Mike Parker won his way to Hollywood with a triple “yes” from the Idol panel of judges.

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