East Texas native Cade Foehner speaks about making it into 'Idol' Top 14

Pictured are the Top 14 'American Idol' contestants. (Source: ABC)
Pictured are the Top 14 'American Idol' contestants. (Source: ABC)

EAST TEXAS (KTRE) - On Monday night, an East Texas musician made it into the Top 14 on "American Idol."

Cade Foehner, of Shelbyville, took time from his busy schedule Tuesday to talk to East Texas Now anchor Jeremy Butler about his amazing journey.

During the interview, Foehner said that on Sunday, viewers will be voting on which "American Idol" contestants make it through to the Hollywood round. The polite young musician said he tentatively plans to perform the classic "Black Magic Woman" by Santana.

Click here for a recap of last night's "American Idol" and the names of the other 13 people who made it into the show's Top 14.

Last week, Foehner wowed the judges and his fans during his solo performance and a duet with Bishop Briggs. Foehner and Briggs performed "Never Tear Us Apart" by INXS.

Butler passed on a request from East Texas News anchor Anissa Centers, who asked that Foehner perform some music by Prince in the future. Foehner said he couldn't make any promises, but he would try.

When asked what the biggest change has been since "American Idol" made him a "household name," Foehner replied that it has been his schedule. He added that he is "going all the time."

'It's a huge opportunity to talk to people and pour into people's lives and to encourage people," Foehner said. "People tend to want to hear what you have to say on this platform. To me, it's everything I wanted in regard to sharing the word of our Lord."

During the interview, Foehner also talked about volunteering with an East Texas organization called Love In the Name of Christ. The Shelbyville native said his friend convinced him to volunteer, and he found that he loved working with the organization.

Foehner said it is a great organization that helps homeless people and individuals who are struggling financially and spiritually.

"The staff and every there are awesome," Foehner said. "It's a great opportunity to be with those who need help."

Foehner added that working with Love, INC reminds him just how "stinkin' blessed" he is.

"It really puts the American Idol stuff into perspective," Foehner said. "I don't deserve any of this at all. I attribute it all to the Lord."

Foehner said that because of that perspective, he doesn't want to waste his opportunity.

"It's exhausting, but it's a chance to be a light to the world," Foehner said.

Of course, Foehner wants to win it all on "American Idol," but he wants to use the show as a springboard to start a career in the music business playing guitar, serving as a front man for a band, or even arranging music.

"Music is my ministry," Foehner said. "It's the way I can spread the Gospel."

Foehner urged his fans to download the "American Idol" app, and he said they can vote up to 10 times on any platform Sunday night.

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