Coral Springs School of Rock Singer Wins Golden Ticket to American Idol • Coral Springs Talk
By Bryan Boggiano
school of rock instructor and music director Cassie Ortiz has a golden reason to celebrate.
The 21-year-old singer successfully auditioned for the 20th season of American Idol, winning the golden ticket that takes her to Hollywood.
Ortiz works at the Coral Springs School of Rock, where she teaches voice lessons and conducts performances for students.
For Ortiz, his American Idol success story was a long time coming.
At age eight, she started watching the show with her father and remembers vividly Tori Kelly on the show’s 9th season and mesmerized by her powerful vocals.
Ortiz once sang in the Fort Lauderdale Children’s Choir. At age 12, she joined her own school’s drama program at Olsen Middle School, which she attributes most to her singing aspirations.
“That’s what got me into singing,” she said, “I realized I had a decent voice.”
Ortiz then attended Palm Beach Central High School, where she did theatre.
At this age, she also began auditioning for shows such as American Idol, The Voice, and America’s Got Talent, crediting her friends and her own dreams for her decision to audition.
“It was really inspiring to watch them chase their dreams and be out there,” she said.
At 15, she auditioned several times for The Voice. At 16, she auditioned for the first time for American Idol.
She estimates she auditioned ten times, and each time she went a little further in the process but couldn’t make it to the final judge.
Ortiz quit auditioning at age 18 to study business marketing and music technology at Florida Atlantic University.
In 2021, Ortiz once again auditioned for American Idol. This time, she went through every executive round, then past Luke Bryan, Lionel Richie and Katy Perry in Nashville.
While Ortiz said she liked all three judges, she picked Richie as her favorite because he gave her the best advice, telling her to come out of her theater shell and find herself as an individual performer.
“It was really scary and annoying [performing],” she said. “I sort of passed out during some parts.”
The judges helped her calm down ahead of her audition when she performed “House of the Rising Sun” by The Animals.
Perry told Ortiz that her voice was great and that she wanted to hear something more emotional from Ortiz. She had three songs she was willing to do, but none that she felt were too emotional.
She finally decided to sing “All I Ask” by Adele.
This time, the judging process was a little different for Ortiz. While Bryan said no, Ortiz had two supporters in his corner: Richie and Perry.
“I was just impressed,” Ortiz said. “I auditioned for these shows for so long and got so many no’s, so it gave me a sense of validation.”
Although Ortiz couldn’t provide details on the rest of her American Idol journey, she said she will continue to pursue music in the future.
Currently living in Davie, she is working on putting together a band and recording an EP. She hopes to continue putting on shows and teaching the next generation of musicians while continuing her training.
But Ortiz also remembered up-and-coming singers and those like her who encountered several obstacles along the way, telling them not to give up.
“Just stick with it,” she said. ” Do not abandon. Don’t let what someone else has to say get in your way. You have to believe in yourself to persevere. »
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A graduate in journalism from the University of Florida, Bryan is pursuing his master’s degree in geosciences at Florida International University. He has a strong interest in weather, entertainment and journalism.