Former jail bird Matt Lawrence turned-up at the American Idol auditions looking for redemption and he found it.
The 25-year-old Florida native robbed a bank with a BB gun ten years ago as a teenager and ended up spending four years behind bars.
On American Idol Wednesday night, he turned-up at the Orlando auditions and sang Ray LaMontagne’s classic Trouble and wowed the judges before scooping a golden ticket for Hollywood.
Simon Cowell dubbed his performance as “brilliant” and fellow judges Randy Jackson and Kara DioGuardi were both in agreement.
Before the audition, Simon said: “He’s looking for a way to make his family proud.”
And Lawrence – who currently manages his father’s trucking company – could be set to launch a whole new career following his stellar audition.
“He looks country but he’s got a nice bluesy tone. Really nice – I was very impressed.” added normally hard-to-please Cowell.
Bulky Lawrence seemed overwhelmed by all the praise from the judges as Cara DioGuardi backed him to make the final cut after the Hollywood auditions.