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‘American Idol’s Kenedi Anderson Takes Break from Music for Mission Trip

Kenedi Anderson on 'American Idol'Photo by ABC/Eric McCandless

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Former American Idol contestant Kenedi Anderson has shared that she’ll be traveling to Hawaii for an 18-month mission trip and taking a break from her music career. Anderson earned a Platinum Ticket in Season 20 but later dropped out of the competition.


American Idol‘s Kenedi Anderson to Embark on Mission Trip

“I’ve chosen to serve a full time mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints,” Anderson wrote in a recent Instagram post. “Dedicating 18 months of my life to serve my Lord and Savior is the least I can do after all God has blessed me with.”

Anderson went on to clarify that she is not quitting music, adding, “I am taking a break to focus on what God has called me to do, but I will be back before you know it! And you better believe that I’ll be working harder than ever to put music out for y’all!!”

The 20-year-old also posted a video of herself on social media reading her mission call and finding out she would be traveling to Hawaii. She became emotional after reading the assigned destination.


SEE ALSO: ‘AMERICAN IDOL’ STAR KENEDI ANDERSON TEASES NEW MUSIC ON INSTAGRAM

Anderson Earned a Platinum Ticket in Season 20

In Season 20 of American Idol, Anderson auditioned with a piano cover of “Applause” by Lady Gaga. She earned a Platinum Ticket from the judges, which allowed her to skip the first round of Hollywood Week. Anderson was later chosen to be part of the Top 24.

However, after performing “Human” by Christina Perri in Hawaii, Anderson chose to leave the competition for “personal reasons.” She called it “one of the hardest decisions I’ve ever had to make.” She later moved to Los Angeles to pursue her music career.


Earlier this year, Anderson released a song called “Nothing Hurts,” under the name Kenedi. It sounds like fans will have to wait a little longer to hear her next release.

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