Jeremiah Lloyd Harmon works as a cleaner in his father’s Maryland church.
However, after the 25-year-old gay custodian’s audition on American Idol Sunday night, it looks like he’ll soon be on to larger venues.
Before Harmon wowed judges Katy Perry, Lionel Richie, and Luke Bryan with his voice, he spoke about his struggles growing up gay in the household of a pastor.
“It wasn’t always easy growing up as a pastor’s kid,” Harmon said in a pre-recorded interview. “I felt a sense of there are certain parts of me that do belong and there are certain parts of me that don’t belong.”
Harmon came out to his religious family three years ago.
“The consensus seemed to be this is not a path I should follow,” Harmon said of his family’s attitude on his sexuality. “There are times I do feel alone. The hardest part for me is seeing how difficult it is for my family.”
Harmon auditioned for the singing competition with an original song titled "Almost Heaven," with lyrics that deal with religion and his sexual orientation.
“‘Almost Heaven’ is about questioning whether there is a place for me and people like me in heaven," Harmon said.
Harmon’s audition was warmly received by the judges and Harmon will move on to the next round of the singing competition.
“Do you know how good you are?” asked Perry.
Watch the audition below.