John Park hails from Northbrook, Illinois. He impressed American Idol judges during his season nine audition in Chicago.
The 21-year old tried out for the show with a rendition of
"I Love You More Than You'll Ever Know" and received unanimous support from judges Simon Cowell, Randy Jackson, Kara DioGuardi and Shania Twain to move on to Hollywood.
Park considers himself a R&B singer and was a student at Northwestern University. He sings in the vocal group, Purple Haze, and took 1 year of vocal lessons before entering college. He started singing in 7th grade choir.
John enjoys watching and playing basketball, and is known to eat massive amounts of food. ("I love meat", he says)
His musical influences include Stevie Wonder, John Legend, Gavin DeGraw, Marc Broussard and Jamie Callum. His favorite female artists include Beyonce, Lady Gaga, Joss Stone, Christina Aguilera, & Theresa Andersson.
John's Favorite Quote:
"Smile though your heart is aching
Smile even though it's breaking
When there are clouds in the sky, you'll get by
If you smile through your fears and sorrow
Smile and maybe tomorrow
You'll find that life is still worthwhile, if you just smile."
Hometown: Northbrook, Ill.
Resides: Evanston, Ill.
Audition: I Love You More Than You'll Ever Know, Donny Hathaway
First Hollywood solo: God Bless the Child, Billie Holiday
Hollywood group number: The Sweet Escape, Gwen Stefani
Second Hollywood solo: The Broken Strings, James Morrison
First music purchased: "Either Britney Spears or Backstreet Boys."
Musical influences: "When I was growing up, I listened to a lot of Gavin DeGraw, Stevie Wonder, John Legend and John Mayer.
Those artists really influenced my voice."
Best judge's compliment: "Shania Twain, when she was a guest judge, told me I had 'nice lips' and a 'beautiful bottom end.'"
Criticism he needed to hear: "Randy said he wasn't sure what kind of artist I would be and where I would fit into the music industry. So I've been thinking a lot about what kind of style I'm trying to do with my music."
Song he'd love to sing that's not a good fit: "Probably any Stevie Wonder or Michael Jackson song. I idolize them so much, and I'm kind of scared to touch their repertoire. I would love to cover one at some point, but I just know it's not a good idea."
Most recent download:Evolver, John Legend
Theme night he'd enjoy: "Blues or jazz, Soul Week — even Michael Jackson."
Theme night he'd be anxious about: "Disco Week would be pretty tough on me."
His ideal mentor: Stevie Wonder
Most proud of: "Myself and my parents, for hanging in there and coming all this way. My parents had a hard time here in the States, raising me. I owe it all to them."
Why should he be the next Idol? "I'm very different. I'm something new and refreshing. America's never seen anyone like me before. On top of that, I can sing pretty well. That's not a bad thing, I don't think."