Jeremiah Lloyd Harmon is the gay son of a pastor.
He made headlines last month for his moving American Idol audition with an original song about not getting into heaven because he’s gay.
Harmon also revealed his parents didn’t have a positive reaction when he came out as gay to them.
‘I first came out to my parents and my family three years ago,’ he said during his first audition. ‘The consensus seemed to be that this is not a path that I should follow.’
He then added: ‘There’s times when I do feel alone. The hardest part for me is seeing how difficult it is for my family. I’m hopeful that it’s an experience where we can learn to grow together.’
Jeremiah Lloyd Harmon: ‘I was going to dedicate that song to my mom and dad’
Now almost a month later, he’s progressed even further in the popular American reality television show.
Last night (31 March), he sung Fleetwood Mac’s song Landslide, to an adoring live crowd.
Frontwoman Stevie Nicks has previously revealed the song is about a father-daughter relationship. In fact, during the official music video, Nicks actually dedicates the song to her dad.
After Harmon’s moving performance, he said: ‘I was going to dedicate that song to my mom and dad.’
‘They were really on my mind when I sang that. I just want them to know that I love them and I tried to communicate that,’ he said.
Harmon then added: ‘I’m doing this for everyone who’s been outcast by their loved ones. I know that this isn’t just my experience and if I can be open about it and vulnerable then maybe that can bring hope to somebody else.’
After Harmon’s performance, judge Katy Perry also revealed her struggle as the child of a pastor.
She said her parents weren’t impressed about her first single I Kissed A Girl, and they’ve since had to ‘agree to disagree’ on it.
At the end of the clip, the judges also revealed Jeremiah Lloyd Harmon was successful in scoring a place as one of the top 20 singers of the competition.