BEARKAT EARNS AMERICAN IDOL’S GOLDEN TICKET TO HOLLYWOOD

Sam Houston State University junior, Laci Kaye Booth, is on her way to Hollywood after her stunning performance of Merle Haggard’s, “Mama Tried,” impressed American Idol judges during the series’ premier, Sunday, March 3.

Booth, a 23-year-old kinesiology and applied exercise science major from Livingston, Texas advanced to the next round of American Idol when she received a golden ticket from the judging panel of superstars, Luke Bryan, Lionel Richie and Katy Perry.

Booth’s sound is inspired by country legends like Merle Haggard and Patsy Cline, to artists like Chris Stapleton, Nora Jones and her favorite, Stevie Nicks.

Along with family support, Booth credits SHSU for helping her mentally prepare for her ultimate success.

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