The Lowcountry Idol

It’s an old story. It strikes a special chord in us, and in many ways, is distinctly American. A young artist from a Southern city, in this case a musician from Beaufort, wants to “make it big.” That’s what drives Lee Jean, Jr., the 16-year-old Bluffton singer who is making waves on the final season of American Idol.


Confidence in his craft and the support of his family encouraged him to try out for the final season of FOX’s American Idol. “My audition was in Atlanta, and I knew that getting a golden ticket would be the biggest moment of my life.” For his audition, Jean performed “I See Fire” by Ed Sheeran. The judges instantly fell in love with his sound and his talents. 


Country star Keith Urban believed in his singer/songwriter quality, and knew the viewers would be interested in the story this musician had to tell.


This kid is seriously living the dream, but he knows he wouldn’t be able to do it without the support of his family and the love of his Lowcountry home. Jean made it to the top 8 of the show, but was voted off the week of March 7. To see clips of the star performing on the show, visit Pick up the April/May issue of South to learn more about this 16-year-old’s story and incredible talents.