And 27-year-old country artist from Alabama did pretty darn well the first time around.
Singing show fans might remember Dexter from Season 13 of American Idol. After all, he made it all the way to the Top 7 before being eliminated.
He’s hit some road bumps since, however.
For instance, he was unable to complete the summer tour that followed Season 13 because he contracted Rocky Mountain Spotted Tick Fever.
Then Dexter followed up his Idol run with a four-song EP called “Dream About Me” in 2015. He had writing credits on three of the songs, including “Who You Are,” which was about the time he spent in Hollywood while participating in the show.
But his label folded within a year, and he was left with the debt from recording that project, Dexter says on his YouTube channel.
“That’s life,” Dexter says on that page. “I know that God will provide me a path for my music. I trust him.”
He bounced back with a five-track unplugged EP in 2017. It includes “Duck Blind,” which you can check out below.
And both EPs are still available on iTunes and Spotify.