Kamloops singer to carry out in Hollywood Sunday, balancing American Idol with pipeline work


Whitcomb’s easy voice satisfied judges Katy Perry and Luke Bryan to present the 18-year-old from Kamloops a shot. It has individuals within the metropolis following his progress on the present.

“It was October once I went and did the audition in Texas and it’s actually change into actual. It’s change into an actual factor,” mentioned Whitcomb. “Individuals in Kamloops are coming as much as me saying, ‘Hello, I do know you. You’re that American Idol man.’”

He’s nonetheless new to performing, however says he’s labored his native vocal coach Sabrina Weeks to get extra snug on stage.

“She’s been superb. As quickly as I bought again from Texas, I went on to her and been hanging out together with her this whole time. I’m nonetheless taking vocal classes,” he mentioned. “[I have] tons extra [confidence]. Heaps extra. However it’s all the time nerve-racking, regardless. It’s both you make it or don’t. It’s a factor man. You’ll by no means ever be capable to shake that adrenaline, however simply use it to give you the results you want.”

Whitcomb is balancing the competitors with a full-time job, working development on the TransMountain pipeline enlargement, which includes 80 hours some weeks. He says he simply finds time after an exhausting work day to get higher.

“Each issues are essential to me. I nonetheless must eat. I work actually onerous, however I find time for music,” he mentioned. “I’ll get residence and the very last thing I wish to do is do something, however I’ll do vocal warm-ups, discuss to Sabrina, go see Sabrina within the evenings. Simply find time for it. You’ve bought to have that motivation.”

Now that he has a style of performing and is seeing some success, it’s the place Whitcomb needs to take his life.

“After watching Katy’s eyes flash open, that was the best factor on the earth, and if I can chase that for the remainder of my life completely. I’d like to entertain,” mentioned Whitcomb. “As a lot as I like to be as much as my chest in mud and ice for 12 hours a day simply killing myself, I’d a lot reasonably entertain.”

Sunday’s American Idol present airs at 8 p.m. Pacific Time on ABC.


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