Cyniah Elise from Atlanta, Georgia, may only be seventeen-years-old, but this lifelong fan of American Idol has one of the biggest voices heard out of anyone her age. Her success with a single video shared on Facebook earned her viral success, with four-million adoring fans falling in love with her performance of “Change Me Oh God.” With beauty beyond words, Cyniah’s audition song “You Are The Reason” set out to captivate audiences once again.
From her flawless technical ability to a unique sense of soul that could be felt in each bar, Cyniah inspired awe. Her high notes left all the judges smiling, encouraging her with open words of praise. Lionel Richie could barely contain his love for her audition, a sentiment shared by the panel. After proclaiming “Hallelujah” with Katy Luke, Lionel Richie compared her control and mastery to Whitney Houston.
Each run delivered by Cyniah, expanded her range and power, showing more of the artist’s unique talent. The seventeen-year-old Atlanta student and gospel singer had proven her greatness once again, with a moving rendition of Calum Scott’s “You Are The Reason” that exhibited the voice of a gospel great at her best. It’s no wonder her Facebook viral video hit over four-million views within no time.