Mason Junior basketball walk-on Jordan Baird sang his way through multiple rounds amongst 19,000 contestants before ultimately being eliminated in the fifth round of American Idol auditions in 2009. A year later, Baird submitted a video for a national contest held at Six Flags amusement park and was selected to perform at a concert where he opened for pop group Hot Chelle Rae. The performance garnered fan appreciation and an offer to record a single with Sony’s Jive Records titled “Grateful” that was released in 2011. It was only a year later when Baird performed again in front of celebrity judge Simon Cowell and his panel on the show The X Factor.

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