Luke Bryan Looks Back on His Humble Beginnings in New ‘Idol’ Clip

"I developed a love for music early on. My dad adamant about me chasing my dream," Luke shares in the clip. 

Written by Lauren Laffer
Luke Bryan Looks Back on His Humble Beginnings in New ‘Idol’ Clip
American Idol judges Lionel Richie, Katy Perry and Luke Bryan; ABC/Eric Liebowitz

When it comes to his musical career, it’s clear that Luke Bryan is living his dream. It’s been an uphill battle towards becoming one of country music’s biggest superstars, but the Georgia native never gave up on what he wanted, no matter the circumstance.

His perseverance has been clear and now, Bryan wants to share everything he’s learned with some of the American Idol hopefuls that will be performing for him and his fellow judges, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie.

“I developed a love for music early on. My dad adamant about me chasing my dream. I’ve lost, I’ve hurt, but you’ve got to go try things. I can’t wait to make someone else’s dreams come true,” said the “Light It Up” singer in a new promo for Idol.

The country crooner will share everything he knows about the industry when the revival returns to televisions nationwide on Sunday, March 11. The news of the show’s premiere date was revealed by Idol host Ryan Seacrest on Live with Kelly and Ryan just days ago.

“We have some new news today. It has been settled that the ‘American Idol’ return will premiere Sunday, March 11, 8 p.m. on ABC,” shared Seacrest on Nov. 6, to excited squeals from his co-host, Kelly Ripa.

“I’m very excited about it,” added Ripa.

“All I have to say is considering I work in New York Monday through Friday, thank God it’s on Sunday night in Los Angeles,” replied Seacrest with a laugh.

The renewal of the hit competition reality show was met with some criticism when it was first picked up by the network, merely a year after its farewell. But with the new judges on board, things seem to be smooth sailing.

“To be on this ride with them and to see how serious they take it and how important it is… It’s an undertaking and a challenge that, when I started saying my opinion on the first day and they started agreeing with it, I was like, ‘Hell yes, I’m gonna be okay. We’re on the same page.’ I was very flattered that I could come in and be the ole country boy voice,” said Bryan recently.

“We all have our strengths and I think that we are a very diverse panel and I think we all can give a different perspective,” added Perry. “We have a lot of fun, obviously, but we are really looking for talent and talent is presenting itself. It’s funny because I kept on saying I think that everything’s been discovered, every stone has been turned, every diamond has been polished, and I feel like actually we’re finding pretty great stuff.”

The search for American Idol’s next big star began in August as the Idol bus traveled to 23 cities across the country. Fans have also been able to audition via social media, using the official hashtag #TheNextIdol.

Catch Luke Bryan on the new season of American Idol when it returns Sunday, March 11.