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American Idol: An interview with Savion Wright

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American Idol is in full swing for Season 13. Here is my interview with one of this seasons hopefuls Saivon Wright.

Savion Wright: You have been covering Idol for the past 3 years right? I've been following you and I'm a proud follower of the Examiner.

Belinda: Thanks a lot. Yes, I have been watching the show since the beginning. So when I started writing, I said I had to cover American Idol because I have been watching it for so long. So Thanks for reading my column.

Belinda: Most people don't wait to audition for the show. What made you wait eight years to actually audition for the show?

Savion Wright: I was 14 when Carrie Underwood was on Idol, so I had a couple years anyway before I would be able to audition. A couple years to get good or should I say get better anyway. When I turned 16 or 17, I did not feel like I was ready yet.
I wanted to have the package. I wanted to have everything, be the package. I wanted to have everything they would want in an artist.
I didn't feel like I was ready. I wanted to be the singer, songwriter and musician. I wanted to have the triple threat and at that time, I had just begun songwriting and I had started to go towards deeper music where the lyrics mean more. I was finding myself musically, so I would say I was immature in music and at that time I felt like I wasn't ready. I was immature and I wanted to mature. I wanted to surprise everyone. Then when I got to college at 17 or 18, 19, I started to find myself musically and then I started to write better, become a better writer. Then when I was like 20 or 21, I felt that I could do this now, I really can do this so I felt like I was buying in my time and it made me be a better artist and a better musician and a better song writer. I could really be something just like Harry {Connick Jr} told me I could be a force to be reckoned with and that's why I waited and that's what it was all about for me. To really prove myself as an artist.

Belinda: Wow, you definitely did. So while you were waiting to audition, did you watched the show every season and start picking out songs of the themes to prep yourself?

Savion Wright: Actually what I would do which is very funny, when they would get down to the top 12 are top 15 {contestants}. I would take one of my moms notebooks and I would write American Idol and whatever season it was. I did this from Season 6, I believe, the year that Jordin Sparks won. I would write down the artist, the person who was singing it right at the top whatever week it was. If it was Motown week, Beatles week or whatever week it was, I would write down the name of the person who was singing, the song that they were singing and then I would critique them myself. Than I would see what the judges say. For me and doing that much and learning
and basically seeing and studying what the judges were saying and then I was like okay they don't like when you do this or they like when you do that. So I need to not do this and I need to do this more and I need to work on this, I need to work on not doing this.
For me it was a complete learning experience. I literally went to school for American Idol if you can say that {laughs}. So that is basically what I did and I don't regret any minute of it because I am so glad that I had that at a young age to better myself.

Belinda: The judges have changed and we have a new judging panel this year with Jennifer and Keith returning and now we have a new judge Harry Connick Jr. Was that also part of your strategy thinking I would go this year as opposed to a prior year because of the panel, or did you not know exactly who were going to be the judges when you auditioned?

Saivon Wright: I was doing a little research at I found out Harry {Connick Jr} may be coming. But the time before auditions we didn't really know who exactly was going to be there. Then when they went to Boston and at the Boston auditions, they were like it is Harry. I was thinking Harry Connick Jr, wow he is literally just 2 hours from where I live in New Orleans and I'm right on the border of Louisiana, so he's pretty much in the same area that I'm from. So knowing that was a home town feel but not just having him come on and knowing how much you musical knowledge he has. When I was 10, I had a phrase between 10 and 13, I had this phrase and I was listening to nothing but classics and easy listening. It was Harry {Connick Jr}, Michael Buble, Tony Bennett, Sammy Davis Jr and Frank Sinatra. All these classic artists and I just felt myself into their music so I studied all of them, but I've learned so much and at that time my voice was a lot higher then it is now. I was thinking I wish I could sing in that low manly tone. I wish I could do that. Having Harry this year really really made it like vocal for me. I was thinking man I really want to what to do it too because he Harry {Connick Jr} was on there. This way he can give me some great pointers and he knows music that was a great thing in my opinion to have someone that have so much musical knowledge and not musical knowledge where is to learn but his is also by experience he has years of knowledge. I just wish one day I could just pick his brain about a lot of topics because because he is so knowledgeable about music. I would definitely say that Harry {Connick Jr} was one of the good things for me and an influence for me to go and be on the show.

Belinda: How long have you been songwriting?

Savion Wright: I have been writing songs for about 4 years now. I was about 16, 17 years old. I remember when I was about 15 or 16 and my mom and dad could tell you that I would cry and tell my mom I could not write. I could not write music and my mom would say why are you so mad about it just calm down. I was just literally crying saying mom I can't write and I want to be a writer. I want to write music and be like these other people. This is the only way I could get there. It is now just that memory when I wanted to and couldn't and it means a lot to write your own music and I cherish that I truly do.

Belinda: What was the song called that you auditioned to? They didn't tell us.

Saivon Wright: "Dark Side of Me". A lot of people thought it was called Both Sides of Me.

Belinda: To do an original song on your audition doesn't happen very often.
Were you thinking to do another song for this audition, or did you have to know that it had to be there an original to show your technique?

Savion Wright: I did sing a song before them behind the scenes that they did not show. It was "Locked out of Heaven" by Bruno Mars. That was like my second choice but I had to do it original because they were like if you may have to have one or two songs behind that. Therefore I was like well I'll do my original song then "Locked out of Heaven" and then if I have to do the third one then I was going to do a Police classic. I was going to do "Walking On The Moon" by The Police. Sting is my idol so I absolutely love him. He is everything I want to be as an artist. He is an amazing songwriter, philanthropist. l would love to do stuff like that as well, giving back to the community. Just what he does is everything that I want to do one day, he's the phenomenal. The song "Dark Side of Me". I actually told them the story behind the song which means a lot which they did not show that either it means alot to me it was groundbreaking to me. It is one of the first ones that I wrote that is a personal favorite. JLo {Jennifer Lopez} asked where did I get the influence from. Two things. One it is about about the show "Dexter". I fell in love with that show. He is a serial killer and he fell in love with a woman and he doesn't want her to know his darkside, so that's why I got the "Dark Side of Me" from. His dark passenger that might as well say in the full song which is currently, I have it on Youtube or SoundCloud. The full song says it is height and fear of what I really am and that's basically what he does on the show, and people really don't know who he really is. And that's what I was trying to go for but I also as a double notation that we all have a dark side and we don't want people that we love to to see that dark side of us.

Belinda: How did you maintain for telling people that you made it to Hollywood after you audition or what happened after you came to Hollywood Week. Was it hard for you to keep it a secret from friends and family?

Saivon Wright: I play a lot of music. Keep singing something because when someone ask questions. I just say la la la la la. I can't say anything sorry and just walked off.
I just tried to keep focused from saying somthing. I'm the type of person who doesn't like to blurt out or say anything. I'm not that type of guy. I like to save my secret you might as well say because the more it builds up especially in this situation and the more anticipation you bring I definitely believe in that and especially feel like with this the anticipation it was killing me. I was like oh my gosh two more days, one more day the countdown especially especially 10 days away, it was like calm down and then to come down for 2 days it was horrible 5,4,3,2 and finally it is tomorrow is the day. Finally everyone can see how hard we all had been working. It's been so exciting and I love it, I absolutely love it and its just great and I'm so glad that people get to people finally get to see the hard work that everyone's been putting into this.

Belinda: You have watched American Idol for a long time. Are there any contestants of them in your favorites over the year.

Savion Wright: Definitely Adam Lambert is always been one of my favorites ever since I heard him do "Believe" by Cher. I could always remember that, when I heard that song
and then when he also did tracks of my tears by Smokey Robinson, I was just like
I was like oh my gosh this guy he's got it. This is a person that I want to be like
he really showed me that you could work hard. Definitely Adam Lambert, Jordin Sparks of course. I absolutely love her. I followed her all the way from the beginning. I knew she was going in the top 3 at least I had a feeling from the beginning.
David Cook is another favorite of mine because I love the fact that he never did the song the same as the artist. That's the same thing but I like to do I never like to do
the song like the artist. I want to give it my own vibe live so you don't know what the song is going to sound like. Those three were some of my favorites recently I was Candice Glover, and Angie Miller and Burnell Taylor.

Belinda: You said that your life is changed by music can you elaborate on it?

Savion Wright: I was always into music but I really wasn't into it until I got my first guitar, I have to learn how to play it and then when I learned a few chords, it was a different thing for me and I remember the first song as well it was "Tattoo" by Jordin Sparks that was the first time I figured out the chords, did basics of the basic chords. Its like oh my god what is this is crazy, this is cool I didn't know that I could do this. It's like a moment that opened up a whole world. Music was just like the first thing I wanted to do before I woke up and sleep in so it really influenced me and and maybe more focus as a person. It is one thing that I can say music was my medicine that is my store just a little and it still is today.

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