Then: There are several reasons you may remember AJ Gil, and not just because of his voice. At only 17 years old, the San Diego native had one of the sickest chin traps this side of the Mississippi, and he also auditioned with an unlikely (but pretty unforgettable) song choice — ‘The Star Spangled Banner.’ Gil was able to make it to the Top 9 after his near-perfect crooning of ‘My Cherie Amour,’ but unfortunately, his performance of ‘How Sweet It Is to Be Loved (By You)’ just didn’t cut it.
Now: Gil is a married family man now, but is still hard at work with his recording career and currently on the brink of releasing a new album. According to his Facebook bio, after the show, A.J. became “a certified sound engineer, starred in an independent film (‘Destination Fame’), and made the decision to focus on singing and songwriting… With the guitar becoming his primary instrument and piano his secondary, A.J. has transformed into a fully developed artist.” Keep up with him on Twitter and his official website.