Lacey Elizabeth Brown (born August 13, 1985) is an American singer-songwriter and artist from Amarillo, Texas, who was the twelfth place finalist on the ninth season of American Idol. Brown released her debut EP Let It Go on May 31, 2011.
Born on August 13, 1985,Lacey Elizabeth Brown is the daughter of the pastors of Victory Church, a local Christian Church, in Amarillo. There, she served as Venue (Victory’s college-aged group) director and taught civics and Christian values to Victory’s internship students. During her childhood, she learned how to play the violin. She also spent time in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where she had Bible schooling. Her education includes studying art.A memorable anecdote of hers include a memory when she was a very young child, when she first heard Patsy Cline, one of her musical inspirations.
Brown initially auditioned for the eighth season of American Idol, where she made it into the Top 54 of the Hollywood rounds but was cut prior to the Top 36 in favor of contestant Megan Joy, after a sing-off. Brown later auditioned in Orlando, Florida with the song “Over the Rainbow”, from The Wizard of Oz, by Judy Garland. The judges all loved her performance, including guest judge Kristin Chenoweth, and she made it through to the next round. During Hollywood week, her performance of “What a Wonderful World” was featured as a montage for contestants who made it to the Top 24. She performed “Landslide” on the first night of the semi-finals but did not impress the judges. The judges, later, gave a negative critique on her performance of “Kiss Me” by Sixpence None the Richer during the second week. Despite this, it was well received by the band’s lead singer, Leigh Nash.Her cover of Brandi Carlile’s “The Story”, on the final night before the finals, was considered to be an improvement compared to her past performances. Brown eventually made it to the Top 12.