Anyone who has ever sung for an audience knows how hard it can be to do so without accompaniment – the key is set by an intro, the rhythm maintained an audible beat, the notes hinted by the melody line. It’s so valuable, which is why a capella is so amazing to hear. It’s great discipline and well-trained ears on top of well-practiced voices. So when you go on stage in front of millions to compete for a chance at fame, fortune, and influence with some of the top producers in the industry, music is great.

But Chloe Paige didn’t need it. Judges encouraged her to have the producers play a backing track, but she refused. And then she opened her mouth with a hymn, the audience was on their feet. Amen, what a performance!

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