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‘American Idol’ Contestant Hopes Song About God’s Grace Will Get Her in the Top 12 Tonight

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After making it to the Top 20 on “American Idol,” Christian singer-songwriter Megan Danielle is seeking a spot in the Top 12 with her performance of We The Kingdom’s “Holy Water.” Danielle, who is one of several Christian contestants who made it to the Top 20, says her desire is to use her platform to share God’s love.

“I was born to share the love of Jesus,” said Megan Danielle in a social media post after she was approved to go to Hollywood. “Even though I fail everyday, I sin and I’m not perfect… I would never claim or want to be perfect. I know it is so easy to get trapped into what the world wants of you and lose focus of His word because of what the world wants… but I am here to tell you, it is all going to be okay. God loves us & WE need to share more of Him!”

Megan Danielle Shares God’s Grace on National TV

Megan Danielle, 21, is a native of Douglasville, Georgia, and previously competed on “The Voice.” For her audition for “American Idol,” she performed “You Say” by Lauren Daigle, who surprised Danielle by walking into the audition and joining her in the middle of her performance. The contestant was shocked and delighted. “I feel like this is not even happening,” she said. 

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Danielle has revealed that her parents divorced when she was 7 years old and that she has struggled with confidence in herself her whole life. “I put a lot of blame on myself for my dad leaving,” she said. “It made me feel kind of worthless, like I wasn’t a good daughter or even a good sister.”

The singer credits her grandfather with encouraging her to use her talents for God. She told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that she sees “American Idol” as “an opportunity to share my love of God. I want to be able to just lead people where the world is missing and the world is missing God. That’s what I strongly believe. And I want to really do better for myself and lead people in the right direction.”

The lyrics of “Holy Water,” which Danielle performed Sunday night, express a deep need for God’s grace and forgiveness:

Your forgiveness
Is like sweet, sweet honey on my lips
Like the sound of a symphony to my ears
Like holy water on my skin

I don’t want to abuse Your grace
God, I need it every day
It’s the only thing that ever really
Makes me want to change