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Meet Betty Maxwell from American Idol Season 20


Betty Maxwell from American Idol Season 20

Betty Maxwell from American Idol Season 20.

Betty Maxwell is among the singers reported to have auditioned for American Idol Season 20.

Season 20 kicks off Sunday, Feb. 27, on ABC. Here’s more about Betty.

* Betty Maxwell is the 27-year-old’s married name. As Betty Cantrell, she won the Miss Georgia title in 2015 and, in September 2015, was named Miss America for 2016.

* She performed the aria “Tu? tu? Piccolo iddio!” from Madame Butterfly during the talent portion of both pageants. And her win in the talent portion of the Miss America pageant helped pave the way for her overall victory.

* Post-Miss America, she moved to Nashville to pursue a career in country music. As Miss America, she performed for the troops and said that inspired her first single, “Soldier On,” about women in the military.

* A Georgia native, she also released a cover of “Georgia on My Mind.” And she followed up that debut single with a six-song EP called “Nicotine.” She debuted it at an EP release concert in Macon, Ga., in September 2017.

* None of those songs are available on streaming sites now. But you can find versions of some of them on Betty’s YouTube channel, including the single “Sway,” which she wrote for her then fiance Spencer “Spinny” Maxwell. Check out “Sway” below.

* In an old website bio, Betty says she began singing at a young age, performing songs like “Harper Valley PTA” with her father’s band.

* She began professional vocal lessons at age 14 and also studied music at Mercer University. She said Linda Rondstadt was among her musical inspirations.

* Betty married Maxwell, first eloping in 2017, then having a formal ceremony about five months later, as they explain in one of their Betty and Spinny video blogs on YouTube.

* In their latest blog, they discuss a much more serious issue: Coping with tragedy. Specifically, the suicide of Spencer’s mom just before Christmas in 2018.

Betty on social media:

Keep checking back …

I’ll be posting profiles of about 50 top contestants who auditioned for American Idol Season 20. Profiles of the singers listed below will be coming soon. More names might be added. The links take you to the profiles already published.

Allegra Miles
Ashley Blaire
Ava Maybee
Betty Maxwell
Cadence Baker
Carly Mickeal
Christian Guardino
Ciasia Nicole
Cole Wesley Ritter
Corey Curtis

Dakota Hayden
Danielle Finn
Douglas Mills, Jr.
Elli Rowe
Elliot Greer
Emyrson Flora
Fritz Hager
Hunter Girl
Jacob Moran
Jay Copeland
Joedi Silvers

Jordan Chase Torrez
Jourdan Blue
Katyrah Love
Kaylin Roberson
Kelsie Dolin
Kendra Checketts
Kenedi Anderson
Kevin Gullage
Kezia Istonia (a.k.a. Lady K.)
Kirk Richmond

Leah Marlene
Lexi Weege
Max Embers
Mike Parker
Nicolina Bozzo
Noah Thompson
Olivia Faye
Paige Fish
Ryan Argast
Ryleigh Madison

Sam Moss
Scarlet Ayliz
Sir Blayke
Tobias Hill
Tristen Gressett
Tyler Allen
Valerie Marie
Wennely Quezada
Yoli Mayor

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