This one’s a tearjerker! Iam lost his dad, Rodney, just a few months ago and says he can still hear him harmonizing with him on every song he sings. Rodney taught Iam music from a very young age and always wanted his son to try out for American Idol. Iam is so emotional in the room that he has trouble starting his song, dedicated to his dad during his audition.
The performance got people going online to find out more about this beautiful song, written by James Blunt ("You're Beautiful") who did the song released only in Europe. It's about a son saying goodbye to his dying father.
On the American Idol finale, Iam song it alongside the song's author and had everyone in tears (take note of Katy Perry).
Shortly after this performance, Iam was proclaimed winner of American Idol 2023. Congrats!