American Idol Contestant Celebrates Sobriety With Demi Lovato Song

By Kelly Burch 03/11/19

Contestant Logan Johnson shared his journey to sobriety with American Idol's panel of celeb judges. 

American Idol contestant Logan Johnson
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Eight months ago, Logan Johnson was living in active addiction to opioids. Now, he is bound for Hollywood after a heartfelt audition for American Idol, in which he sang Demi Lovato’s relapse ballad “Sober.”

“Growing up, music was everything to me, but the path to get there wasn’t always an easy one,” Johnson, 20, said in a video for the singing contest. 

When Johnson was growing up in Boise, Idaho, he saw his older brother struggle with addiction. 

“It was pretty hard for me to live with,” Johnson said. “I thought I would learn from his example, but unfortunately I really got into painkillers.”

Despite knowing the pain of loving someone with addiction, Johnson found himself following in his brother’s footsteps. 

“I looked at what he was doing and I told myself that I was better than what he was. But the truth of the matter was I was doing the exact same things—lying to my loved ones, to everyone in my life. I really feel like I’ve put my family though a hell that I wouldn’t wish upon anyone,” Johnson said. 

However, Johnson and his brother were both able to get help. 

“I just got to a point where I had to change. It was really, really hard to finally come clean and say I've got my own issues too and I need help,” Johnson said. “I really look up to my brother and all the things that he's had to face. We have been able to connect on another level and to really be there for each other.”

Johnson’s mother, Nanette, said that American Idol could be the win that the family needs after many years of hardship. “I don’t think most people, unless they’re living with addiction in their family, I don’t think they know how hard it is,” she said.  

Standing before judges Lionel Richie, Luke Bryan and Katy Perry, Johnson was open about his addiction experience. 

“I’m grateful today that I have 8 months of sobriety. I just know that I have a lot to share with my music,” he told them, before launching into “Sober.”

When he finished, the judges praised Johnson’s voice before calling his family in to watch them unanimously vote “yes” to sending him to Hollywood. 

“One day at a time,” Perry told Johnson. “Congratulations. You’ve worked really hard and you should be proud of your clarity that you’ve given yourself. You’ve earned this.” 

Richie told him, “You now have three more people on your support team.”

Watch Johnson’s full audition below:

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Kelly Burch writes about addiction and mental health issues, particularly as they affect families. Follow her on TwitterFacebook, and LinkedIn.