Sometime over the past eight years you might have seen Brandon Diaz playing at an area winery, wedding, or at one of his Thursday night shows at the Ashburn Potbelly restaurant.
On Monday night, the talent of the Briar Woods High School graduate was introduced to a national audience as part of the second night of ABC’s “American Idol” televised auditions.
Diaz, the 21-year-old son of a Cuban immigrant father, sang “Unaware” by Allen Stone, drawing rave reviews from the judge panel of Lionel Richie, Katy Perry and Luke Bryan—and getting a “golden ticket” to compete for the American Idol title in Hollywood.
Richie and Bryan remarked on Diaz’s “very clean” falsetto, and Perry said he was “the best male singer we’ve seen so far.”
Diaz and his family had to keep the audition success a secret for months; the performance was taped Oct. 4 in New York City.
It was not the first national television performance by singer who is now enrolled in the Berklee College of Music in Boston. At age 16, Diaz auditioned for the “X Factor,” performing “Superstition” by Stevie Wonder.