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“Music has helped me realize that life is more than just your job, or putting yourself on a pedestal, or whatever it is,” he said. It all comes down to connections and relationships. I genuinely fell in love with it because of this.

Acknowledging that he was “extremely anxious” to enter the audition chamber where Lionel Richie, Katy Perry, and Luke Bryan would be his judges, he emphasized a specific instance that won over the hearts of the audience.

And then they invited Nana in,” he revealed to the publication, alluding to his grandmother, whom he gave credit to for instilling confidence in him before his Idol debut.

During his audition, he played Brett Young’s “In Case You Didn’t Know” at the piano. According to American Songwriter, he covered the same song in a 2021 TikTok, when he surprised Nana with his musical abilities. Perry even asked for Proehl’s autograph after the audition, which he told FOX9 was an unexpected experience.

While recently speaking to FOX 9 Minneapolis-St. Paul, Proehl recalled “placing all of[his] identity in football,” saying that he “felt like [he] had no purpose” after he no longer could play.

“And music has taught me that, you know, life is more than just your career, or being on a pedestal, or whatever that is,” he shared. “It’s about relationships and connecting with people. That’s why I honestly fell in love with it.”

Noting that he “was super nervous” to step foot into the audition room where judges Lionel Richie, Katy Perry, and Luke Bryan would be waiting for him, he highlighted a particular moment that captured the hearts of fans.

“And then they brought Nana in,” he shared with the outlet, referring to his grandmother, whom he credited for his confidence during his Idol introduction.

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