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Viral Singer Cyniah Impresses The Judges With 'You Are The Reason' On American Idol

Viral Singer Cyniah Impresses The Judges With 'You Are The Reason' On American Idol

An impressive audition of viral singer Cyniah singing ‘You Are The Reason’ on American Idol leaves all the judges absolutely speechless.


Cyniah is a 17-year-old high school student from Atlanta, Georgia. She has been watching American Idol since she was a little girl, and as soon as she was old enough, she knew she wanted to audition.

But this audition won’t be the first time millions of people will be watching her sing. Recently, a viral video of her singing reached 4 million people on Facebook! The video was of her gathered with her family on Thanksgiving, and she was singing the gospel song ‘Change Me, Oh God’ next to a piano in her family’s living room. Cyniah’s cousin posted it on Facebook after her performance. They didn’t think anything of it, but the next morning, they realized that the video had gone viral.

At her American Idol audition, Cyniah sang ‘You Are The Reason’ by Calum Scott.

“I'd climb every mountain
And swim every ocean
Just to be with you
And fix what I've broken
Oh, 'cause I need you to see
That you are the reason”

Cyniah did such an incredible job! She has such a big, soulful voice that is full of power and light.

“I want to tell you that that was an excellent performance,” remarks Lionel Richie. “You remind me very much of watching the phenomenon of Whitney [Houston] when she first came. You just have such control and mastery of your voice. It was almost effortless.”

“It’s just natural for you,” Luke Bryan says after Cyniah’s audition. “I see why you got 4 million views at the snap of a finger. Really just tastefully done from A to Z.”

After getting a yes from all of the judges, Cyniah is officially on her way to Hollywood! Her loving family was able to come through the audition room doors and celebrate this wonderful accomplishment with her.