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Young Man Stuns The Judges With Unbelievable Johnny Cash Cover

Keith urban Songs | Young Man Stuns The Judges With Unbelievable Johnny Cash Cover | Country Music Videos
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Since it first started in 2002, American Idol has helped previously unknown country singers turn into superstars, including Carrie Underwood, Scotty McCreery, and Kellie Pickler

Now, as the show prepares for its final season, which will start on January 6, 2016, another aspiring country artist named Josiah Siska is hoping to follow in those artists' footsteps.

When Siska showed up for his audition in front of judges Keith Urban, Jennifer Lopez, and Harry Connick Jr., he kept his introduction short, simply saying that he is eighteen, from Georgia, and he loves Johnny Cash.

Since Siska has such an admiration for Cash's music, he let the judges know that he would be singing his hit song "(Ghost) Riders In The Sky." The judges smiled at Siska as he prepared to perform, but as soon as he started singing they couldn't believe what they heard. 

Cash is known for his deep voice, but Siska's is even lower, which prompted Urban to exclaim, "I was not expecting that." As Siska kept singing, Urban and the rest of the judges continued to be blown away by his unique sound.

The clip showing Siska's audition cuts off in the middle of the judges' comments, but we think it's safe to say that they were incredibly impressed with what they heard. You can watch his unbelievable audition below.

We hope to see more of Siska on the upcoming season of American Idol


An old cowboy went ridin out one dark and windy day
Upon a ridge he rested as he went along his way
When all at once a mighty herd of red-eyed cows he saw
Plowin through the ragged skies and up a cloudy draw

Their brands were still on fire and their hooves were made of steel
Their horns were black and shiny and their hot breath he could feel
A bolt of fear went through him as they thundered through the sky
For he saw the riders comin hard and he heard their mournful cries

Yippie I ohhh ohh ohh
Yippie I aye ye ye
Ghost riders in the sky

Their faces gaunt, their eyes were blurred
Their shirts all soaked with sweat
He's ridin hard to catch that herd
But he ain't caught em yet
Cause they got to ride forever in that range up in the sky
On horses snortin fire as they ride on hear their cries

As the riders loped on by him he heard one call his name
'If you wanna save your soul from hell a-ridin on our range
Then cowboy change your ways today or with us you will ride
Tryin to catch the devil's herd across these endless skies

Yippie I ohhh oh oh
Yippie I aye ye ye
Ghost riders in the sky
Ghost riders in the sky
Ghost riders in the sky

Josiah Siska from "Auditions No. 1"

Bet you weren't expecting that...

Posted by American Idol on Tuesday, December 29, 2015
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