American Idol alum Louis Knight attends a special screening of The Girl From Plainville

The Louis Knight Archives gallery has been updated with photos of three events that Louis has attended so far! These mark the first events to be added to the gallery, and I’m thrilled to finally have something in this section. Check out the thumbnails and links below.

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Louis has released a new single entitled Burn This All Down! In addition to also releasing a music video on his newly minted official Vevo page, the music video’s director/cinematographer also released a few behind–the–scenes videos on his YouTube channel.

You can check out all the videos below.

NARBERTH, PA — In the third season of ABC’s American Idol, a young man from the Main Line is having his dreams come true.

Louis Knight, 19, of Narberth, will hit the national airwaves Sunday night when the show premiers at 8 p.m.

For Knight, the opportunity was unexpected and one he could not pass up.

“It was completely unexpected,” Knight said of the chance to audition. “It fell out of the sky.”

For those in the know, most contestants do not get invited to audition. Typically, musicians are selected through a public casting call. But Knight got a call asking to give it a shot. He said he thought the call was a joke. But now, with the premier nearly here, he says it finally feels real.

“It’s been getting more and more real every day,” he told Patch Friday.

Knight, who moved to Narberth from England about nine years ago, has been gigging in and around Philadelphia, which fits the plan he set to start playing shows on the east coast.

“I couldn’t live with myself if I didn’t take the opportunity,” he said.

And it turns out that decision was the right one.

In a promo posted to the American Idol Facebook page, country megastar and judge Luke Bryan tells Knight he “might be the biggest star we’ve ever had” during his audition in front of fellow judges Katy Perry and Lionel Richie, the latter being a major influence on Knight’s music.

Regarding this audition, Knight says he basically blacked out.

“I was so nervous,” he said. “I walked in and was practically shaking.”

But, the singer-songwriter who wrote his first song at 14, gave a performance of his original song titled “Change,” which he wrote after a friend took his own life.

“As soon as I sat down, instincts took over and I did the thing I love to do.”

Performing such an emotional song in front of the judges was an incredible moment, he said. Knight was also featured in a TV spot for the new season, singing Elton John’s “Tiny Dancer” on a tour bus with fellow contestants, who Knight says are all supportive of one another.

“Everyone is so lovely and supportive of one another,” he said.

The experience has made some contestants friends for life, despite the show’s competitive nature. And as for family and friends, Knight says the support has been unbelievable.

“The support I get from my family and friends is incredible and I’m so grateful,” he said. “I’ve been getting so much support over the last few days.”

In fact, The Great American Pub in Narberth is hosting a watch party for Sunday’s premier. The pub will show the premier on all its TV while offering drink and appetizer specials. The pub is located at 101 N. Narberth Ave.

As for Knight, he says his friends are going to film his reaction to the audition. While he’s hitting the national stage on one of the most storied talent search programs, Knight still has local gigs on his calendar. He is set to play a full set with his backing band Feb. 25 at Milkboy, 1100 Chestnut St. in Philadelphia.

“American Idol” season three premiers at 8 p.m. Sunday on ABC.

If you’ve visited the website at all this month, you may have noticed that it features an incredible new layout! The new look comes courtesy of Margos, and it was put up just in time for New Years!

The reason for the delay in this post is that I’ve been doing some intense maintenance on the website over the last few weeks; as the result of being a bit rusty on certain things when I started it, the gallery has long bugged me and the press section was in need of a serious overhaul.

As a result, the entire gallery was redone from the ground–up, and is current up until the end of 2020. I still need to go back in and add last year’s photos, but I’m thrilled with how much easier it came together this go–around and the navigation.

I also wanted to streamline the video section a bit now, so it now just features any officially uploaded videos from Louis and I’ve only retained his live streams in the social media section. This decision did not come lightly, but ultimately, I needed more space on my web hosting account. The press section was also reworked utilizing an incredible script courtesy of Never Enough Design, and is much more accessible now.

Please take a look around and I truly hope you enjoy the new looks!

An Eagles cheerleader and a Lower Merion High School alum are among two of the Philadelphia-area singers expected to star in the new season of “American Idol.”

Louis Knight, 19, of Montgomery County will compete on new season of ‘American Idol.’ Knight, who moved to Narberth from London, is highlighted in a promo for the new season, starring Ryan Seacrest. Judge Luke Bryan tells Knight, ‘You may be the biggest star we’ve ever had on ‘American Idol.”

Kyle Tanguay, the Birds’ first male cheerleader, and Louis Knight, a singer-songwriter from Montgomery County, will compete on the show’s 18th season, which premieres Sunday on ABC.

Tanguay shared on Twitter that he auditioned for the show. He later changed his bio to include “American Idol Season 3,” indicating his audition got some air-time. Although the long-running show has been on-air since 2002, it is only in its third year on ABC.

Tanguay is a senior at University of the Arts in Philadelphia, where he studies dance and also sings.

Knight, 19, who moved to Narberth after spending his early childhood in London, is highlighted in a promo for the new season, The Courier-Post reported.

The “Almost Famous” tribute promo features the blonde-haired Knight sitting on a tour bus with other Idol hopefuls while Elton John’s “Tiny Dancer” plays. Knight begins singing and other contestants join in, indicating that Knight may be a top competitor this season.

In another preview, Judge Luke Bryan also tells Knight, “You may be the biggest star we’ve ever had on ‘American Idol.'”

“American Idol” reached out to Knight by phone and invited him to audition, according to the Courier-Post. He possibly auditioned when the show stopped in Pittsburgh last September.

No Pennsylvanian has ever won the competition, but this year they may have a decent chance. Current judges Katy Perry, Lionel Richie and Bryan help select the winner. It is still hosted by Ryan Seacrest.

Other local performers from South Jersey include Megan Knight, of Williamstown, Gloucester County, and Calista Vacirca, of Little Egg Harbor, Ocean County.

Other New Jersey singers include Tyla McCray, of Newark, of Essex County; Stephanie Weisz, of Morganville, Monmouth County; Michael Wingate of Union Beach, Monmouth County; Michael Muccigrosi, of Belle Mead, Somerset County, Natalie Janowski, of Woodcliffe Lake, Bergen County.

In addition to the ABC broadcast, viewers can watch American Idol’s premiere on Hulu Live and other streaming platforms.

Local talents like Louis Knight provide an optimistic outlook to the future of the Philly area music scene.

At just 19 years old, the British-born Knight, who resides just outside the city’s confines in Narberth, is doing all he can to make it known that he has an outspoken voice. He shares stories that are close to his heart through his music.

Knight’s debut EP, “Small Victories,” was just released on Sept. 20. His single off the album, “Change,” is about his best friend who committed suicide while they went to school together at Lower Merion High School.

Writing the song proved to be a difficult experience for Knight. He tried to write it several times, but never felt like he could write something that properly captured how he was feeling. However, once he found the words, they began to flow fast.

“I wrote the song in about 30 minutes, really,” he said. “It’s kind of weird how those things play out.”

Capturing such raw emotions in a roughly four-minute song couldn’t have been easy for Knight. This is part of why writing the song is the proudest moment of his music career thus far.

“This is the song where I’ve had to reflect the most,” he said.

Through writing a song based on such a painful experience, Knight hopes to raise awareness surrounding mental health and ensure people that they’re never alone.

“I wrote it as a tribute to him, and hopefully to give hope to other people that are suffering mentally,” he said, noting his plans to donate all of the proceeds made from “Change” to the Philadelphia chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

He will also be performing the song, in addition to the national anthem, at the AFSP “Out of the Darkness Greater Philadelphia Walk” on Oct. 6.

“I’ve always wanted to get involved and try to advocate for suicide prevention, and try to use this experience to help others,” Knight said.

Knight performed “Change” on the FOX 29 show “The Q” on Sept. 10. This appearance on regional TV gave exposure to his bright personality and endless talent. He sat center stage as he played his keyboard and powerfully sang his single. There was an apparent rush of emotion in every lyric he sang and his unwavering voice throughout the performance proved him a future force to be reckoned with in the rising talent pool of Philly’s music scene.

“Change” wades into decidedly more serious territory than his other single “Just Kiss Me,” which is also featured on his EP. The latter is about a relationship he had in high school that ended when his girlfriend went to college. Nevertheless, it’s a stunning example of Knight’s ability to translate his emotions and experiences into meaningful pop songs for the masses to enjoy.

Knight said he was inspired to become a musician by his dad, who was in a rock band for about 15 years. His dad motivated him and his siblings to play instruments and become involved in the music world. Although he claimed he has been singing since he learned how to talk, Knight said he didn’t write his first song until he was 14 years old.

“I only knew the main four chords to every pop song ever,” he joked.

After finding his passion, Knight began writing more music and posting covers of his favorite songs to YouTube. He released an EP his junior year of high school to only his close friends and family.

He realized that he wanted to pursue a music career when he began working with his friend, co-producer and bandmate Matt Fell, during his senior year.

“It was like a dream, finding your passion at such a young age,” he said. “I’m really lucky to have found music.”

Knight draws influences in his music from powerhouse pop performers like Amy Winehouse and Jon Bellion, whose strong voices have led them through much success throughout their music careers. Although he’s just starting to break out, Knight already has a vision of becoming a well-known, internationally touring singer-songwriter five years down the line.

Fulfilling this goal would mean the world to him.

“This is all I’m good at, to be frank,” Knight laughed.