Three Berklee College Of Music Students Reach Top 24 Of "American Idol"


BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) —A sixth of the top 24 singers of "American Idol" have ties to Massachusetts.

Season 19 of "American Idol" is filled with talented singers, but three of the top 24 are Berklee College of Music current or former students and one is a Boxford resident.

Grace Kinstler, Anilee List, Brennan “Beane” Hepler, and Colin Jamieson secured their place on the show Sunday and Monday night, nailing their All Start Duets and Solos round.

Kinstler, 20, is from Chicago but currently attends Berklee.

The college's president, Roger Brown, is extremely proud of all the students.

"I hope they all go as far as they possibly can," Brown stated.

He predicts that Kinstler will win this season because of the "strength of her voice, stage presence, the reactions she's getting from people."

List, originally from Los Angeles, is a student at Berklee studying Vocal Performance.

The 20-year-old was diagnosed with Tourette Syndrome at age ten.

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“In the early days of this disorder, my confidence waned. At times, I didn’t want to be around people so I wouldn’t have to explain my tics. Then I saw the story of American Idol contestant James Durbin who also has Tourette Syndrome,” her website states.

Hepler graduated from Berklee in 2015 and has lived in Boston ever since.

“He is a self-described R&B/Singer-Songwriter, preferring to tackle all aspects of his artistry head-on, including design, promotion, and management,” his website states.

Jamison, 22, is a Boxford resident who sang “Locked Out of Heaven” by Bruno Mars in the Solo round.

WBZ NewsRadio's Chris Fama (@CFamaWBZ) spoke with Berklee College of Music President Roger Brown:

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Written by Edyn Jensen

(Photo: Mario Jarjour/WBZ NewsRadio)


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