A big night ahead for American Idol Candice Glover, who is from St. Helena Island in Beaufort. Glover is performing at “A Capitol Fourth” concert and fireworks show which airs 8 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday on the west lawn of the U.S. Capitol.
Glover said if she had not won the national television singing contest, she would be renting bicycles to tourists on Fripp Island this summer.
“My co-workers Skype me sometimes and it feels great to know they’re supporting me, but I definitely would have been renting out golf carts and bicycles and mopeds and boats for people on that vacation island if I wasn’t doing this and I am glad it all worked out,” Glover told South Carolina Radio Network.
The 23-year-old competed on the star-making show in the past and it changed her career plans, even though she did not get very far in her first two tries.
“My audition was definitely like a turning point in my life,” Glover said this week. “St. Helena Island is great, it is a beautiful island, but I felt like if I wanted to start a music career, I would have to branch out and follow my dream, so I did.”
Glover goes on tour starting July 19 with American Idol’s top contestants, and is recording an album. She is trying to figure out how to keep her parents with during her life on the road.
She also sang the national anthem on Memorial Day on the National Mall in Washington, DC. –her largest live audience to date.
“They told me that the audience was about 300,000 and I was like ‘OK, they’re exaggerating.’ But when I walked out there were so many people,” Glover remembered. “I just felt great that I could sing the National Anthem, such an important song, for that event.
“The feeling, I can’t even describe it; it was surreal to be out there.”
“A Capitol Fourth” will air Thursday night on PBS.