Even before he walks into the American Idol auditions, Ryan Seacrest is intrigued by this young man’s voice–so much so he tells him “he could make some money” recording radio commercials.

Luke Taylor of Westchester, Pennsylvania, didn’t always have a deep voice. “My voice didn’t really drop until I was about 16 or 17,” he said. “I went from 4’11” (124 cm) singing alto to 6’1″ (185 cm) and singing below bass.” Boy did it ever!

We skip the first part of the video below (but you can go back and play it) where Idol Judge Luke Bryan immediately suggests he could make a living doing radio commercials. The judges even joke around about Taylor providing movie voiceovers.

When Taylor announces his song choice, Johnny Cash’s “Ring of Fire,” Lionel Ritchie says, “of course.” But the best part is, Luke Bryan stops him before he’s even finished, says he’s the “next Burl Ives” and asks him to sing a Christmas carol.

Watch this fun performance that’s queued up to start at his introduction to the judges, and let us know in the comments if you liked Ring of Fire or the Christmas carol better.

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