No matter how far American Idol contestant Kaitlyn Jackson goes in the competition (or how big a career she may have a singer), one thing is certain — Kaitlyn Jackson is an extraordinary songwriter… and she’s only fifteen. After hearing Kaitlyn sing her original song, “Another Angel” (which was inspired by her grandfather’s unfortunately timed heart attack), I wanted to hear so much more. The song was remarkable on its own, but I couldn’t stop thinking about how it might sound if it were professionally produced — and how much I wanted to buy it regardless. If Kaitlyn continues to write songs like this (with so much heart and truth), she will definitely have a future in the music industry — in front of or behind the scenes.
Speaking of American Idol, Harry Connick Jr.’s debut as a judge was incredibly enjoyable. He’s funny, respectfully honest and definitely knows his stuff (but did we really expect anything less?). Even after just this one episode, I already know this season will be better by leaps and bounds over last season’s disastrous train wreck. Keep it up, guys — your joy, camaraderie and passion is (and will continue to be) infectious.