It’s a common occurrence on these singing competition shows – a guy or gal steps on stage and the voice that comes out certainly doesn’t match the person we see in front of us.

It’s ratings magic.

But even we found ourselves shocked by the sound that came out of this Georgia cowboy on this clip from “American Idol.”

“That’s just so cool,” responded “American Idol” judge Harry Connick Jr., who returns to the singing reality show alongside Jennifer Lopez and Keith Urban.

And in fact, Urban was by far one of the most speechless judges on the panel during the audition in which the contestant did his best Johnny Cash impression on the song “Ghost Riders.”

Tricia Despres is the contributing editor for Rare Country, based out of Chicago, Illinois. Join the conversation on Twitter at @RareCountry. We would love to see y’all there.
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