He's going straight to the live shows! Chase Goehring wowed the America's Got Talent judges with his original song "Hurt" during his first audition — and he came back armed with another original song, "A Capella," to impress them even more. Chase especially caught the attention of the guest judge, Grammy Award-nominated artist DJ Khaled so much that Khaled hit the Golden Buzzer.
“The lyrics are real and authentic, the way you breakin’ it down. You’re on your way to be a star. This show and this stage is going to make you into a superstar,” the 41-year-old said before hitting the buzzer, showering Chase in gold confetti. He walked up to the stage to shake Chase's hand and said, “We got to work together.”
Chase was so excited and he took to Twitter to show his gratitude to the "I'm the One" hitmaker. "Thank you [DJ Khlaed] for the most incredible moment of my life!" the 21-year-old wrote. "Seriously. Thank you to everyone that has believed in me. I wouldn't be doing this without you so thank you a million times."
The singer-songwriter has been working towards his goal of making it big in the music industry for quite some time, and this isn't his first time appearing on a reality TV competition series. He was on Season 3 of X-Factor, and he also auditioned with his song "Hurt." Chase made it to the Four Chair Challenge and sang a cover of B.o.B.'s 2010 hit "Airplanes" featuring Hayley Williams, but he was eliminated shortly after.
It might be considered risky to audition on any talent competition series with an original song instead of a cover, but in a 2013 interview, Chase explained why he wasn't worried. "When I first started singing my original songs in coffee shops, I was kind of nervous because it’s your own song, so you wonder if people will like it,” the Tennessee native told LiveStarringYou. “But I was pretty comfortable doing it because I’ve been doing it for a while.”