On Wednesday morning, the 18-year-old Grand Haven Township resident received an email informing him that he’s among 14 finalists in the Jim Brickman In the Spotlight 2014 music competition. The winner gets the chance to sing alongside Brickman during a concert.
Zimmerman, a 2014 Grand Haven High School graduate, entered the competition with a video of himself singing “Life of the Party” by Shawn Mendes.
Community members can vote for Zimmerman online by visiting http://jimbrickman.com/InTheSpotlight.aspx. Voting ends at noon Friday.
The teen’s success so far in the completion has taken him by surprise, and the information about being a finalist started his “morning off right.”
“I didn’t think I would be in the Top 14,” he said.
Singing has been a passion for Zimmerman, who has taken lessons on-and-off since he was younger. He currently sings in a choir at Muskegon Community College. He also auditioned for “American Idol” in Chicago, said his mother, Tammy Zimmerman.
Tammy said her son has a natural gift to sing, but the entry video quality doesn’t showcase his true abilities.
“I don’t think the video does him justice,” she said.