7 Christian Performers in American Idol’s Final 36

So it was a big night at One21music as Simon, Paula, Randy and Kara make their final cuts and we find three new Christian artists competing on Season 8 of American Idol.  The final list is below.

Log on next week as I start live blogging, covering our Christian music artists competing on American Idol’s Season 8.

This is the only episode of American idol I hate every year.  Fourteen American idol contestants have their hearts broken and we are there to experience every moment.  I watched it for you, but I did not enjoy it.

Now to more exciting news.  Season 8 is filled with Christian performers vying for the title of American Idol.  Over the past week we have found four: Danny Gokey, Matt Giraud, Kristen McNamara and Kris Allen.  Today, we introduce you to three more Believers you can vote for on American Idol: Jeremy Michael Sarver, Mishavonna Henson and Scott MacIntyre.  These are not artists who just have some connection with the Christian music industry but these are artists who have openly used musical talent to proclaim their hope and faith in Jesus Christ.

Jeremy Michael Sarver, 27, works as a roughneck on an oil rig. When he is home in Jasper, Texas he leads the worship and praise team at Harvest church in Jasper and was once a lead singer at Victory Christian Center in Houston.  Michael performed “Thank You” during auditions and has generally wowed the judges during Hollywood week.

Sarver had a rough life growing up in Louisiana. As a young man, Sarver struck out to live the life of a gypsy, pursuing various jobs in the Louisiana oil patch.   When he met his future wife Tiffany,  she introduced him to a religious family that embraced the young couple with open arms, but Church life was a big switch for Sarver.  Eventually, he  abandoned his “bad boy” past and became the lead vocalist for Harvest Church working briefly at Abundant Life Christian Center in LaMarque and Victory Christian Center in Houston.

Mishavonna Henson, 18 is a recording artist and actress from Orange County, California.  Henson reached Hollywood Week in Season 7 and came back for more this year.  We did not see her audition and we have not seen much of her in Hollywood Week.

Henson won the female vocal solo performance award at the 2008 National Fine Arts Festival 2008 Celebration Service, part of the Assembly of God’s National Youth Convention.  In accepting the award Henson said, “I feel so blessed to be awarded 1st Place Winner in the Female Vocal Solo Category out of thousands of talented young girls and I give God All the Glory!”

Her debut EP “From The Edge of The World” is available on eMusic and she has guest starred on NBC’s Frasier.

Scott MacIntyre, 23, of Scottsdale, Arizona is known on American Idol as the blind piano player.  He is so much more.  Scott entered college at 14, graduated Arizona State University at 19 and studied music at Cambridge University on the prestigious Marshall Scholarship.  He has been profiled on CNN, Sky News Europe, USA Today, and other media as pianist, vocalist, and songwriter. He has a long list of national and international music awards.

He has independently released 6 full-length CD’s and has written in genres spanning pop, rock, punk, jazz, classical and Christian pop music.  Scott performed live at the Crystal Cathedral in California, where he was featured on “Hour of Power”, and Scottsdale Bible Church.  He has performed for years with his family Gospel quartet, The MacIntyre Family Singers.

So that is the list for now.  Of the final 36 we have identified seven Christian music artists competing on American Idol’s Season 8.  If you know more about any of the others, please comment below.

Join us next week as we begin live blogging!

Christian Performers we are following on American Idol:

  • Danny Gokey
  • Kristen McNamara
  • Kris Allen
  • Matt Giraud
  • Jeremy Michael Sarver
  • Mishavonna Henson
  • Scott MacIntyre

The remainder of the Final 36 on American Idol’s Season 8:

  • Alexis Grace
  • Adam Lambert
  • Alexander Wagner-Trugman
  • Allison Iraheta
  • Ann Marie Boskovich
  • Anoop Desai
  • Arianna Ayesha Afsar
  • Brent Keith
  • Casey Carlson
  • Jackie Tohn
  • Jasmine Murray
  • Jeanine Vailes
  • Jessica Langseth
  • Joanna Pacitti (replaced with Felicia Barton)
  • Jorge Nunez
  • Junot Joyner
  • Kai Kalama
  • Kendall Beard
  • Lil Rounds
  • Matt Breitzke
  • Megan Corkrey
  • Nathanial Marshall
  • Nick Western (a.k.a. Norman Gentle)
  • Rick Brady
  • Stephen Fowler
  • Stevie Wright
  • Taylor Vaifanua
  • Tatiana Del Toro
  • Von Smith

Best wishes to them all!


  1. fusse says:

    One thing that’s funny about American Idol to me is that so often, majority of the top36 consists of already very experienced singer/songwriters who are now trying to see if AI could launch them into greater success instead of having real natural-talent nobodies from living rooms and streets of America.

    But the again, it’s a competition and those with more experience can handle the pressure etc. better so they are more likely to do better in the race. Plus the producers play a huge role in deciding who makes it and who doesn’t. Some real talent is left out of the top36 along the way because of various commercial reasons…

    The show, I would say, in the early stages at least, is a bit biased.

  2. chuck says:

    Thanks for the thoughts, fusse.

    We live in Austin, Texas. This town is teeming with great mucisians that are looking for a chance. Once in a while a bedroom singer will thrive on AI (Jason Castro and Lakisha Jones). However, I think the show would be much less enjoyable if it was void of performers who were seriously pursuing their careers. The drama of Joanna Pacitti facing the question of “how many chances do you get to make it” was one of truest emotional moments of the show last night.

    With that said, I have no idea why an accomplished mucisian like Scott MacIntyre cares about AI. He was developing into a world renowed musician before this started and that will continue if he is gone in the next three weeks.

    I get really excited about guys like Danny Gokey and Michael Sarver who are starting a dream, but I am not very bothered by what some people call “spoilers”. I think the mix of “last chance determination” with “I cannot believe I have this opportunity” makes the show all the more compelling.

  3. chuck says:

    Good point. I had not really thought about the idol angle. God has shown a tendency to break our cultural idols into pieces, hasn’t He. If not, there would be no biopics.

    That is why it is so important for cultural idols to have a firm grounding in Jesus Christ. It is pretty difficult to become an idol if you are transparently giving all the glory to God.

  4. There is another…Joanna was kicked off for being a “plant” and has involvement with producers from the show. She was replaced by Felicia Barton. She’s a worship leader at her church in Virginia Beach and is on myspace:http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewProfile&friendID=387147689

  5. chuck says:

    Thanks for the heads-up Dion. We picked up the disqualification of Joanna Pacitti on Thursday (see the article tilted http://www.one21music.com/2009/02/ameircan-idol-replaces-pacitti-with-felicia-barton/).

    We are thrilled to see Felicia in the mix. We did not see much of her but she seemed genuinely surprised to be cut, and now she is not.

    Keep the info coming and watch Tuesday night as we start live bloggig.

  6. Chuck..this is a great site. Dion told me about it. I try to blog on the show from a Christian perspective as well. I will be giving out your link quite often to inform others about the Christian performers.

    God Bless..Jim


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