American Idol Contest – Katie Higley

Utah Success Stories

(ABC4 NEWS – Salt Lake City, UT) “Doug Jessop’s Utah Success Stories” profiles companies and people that make a difference. I also do in-depth, online interviews with people from all walks of life, called “Jessop’s Journal”.  Here’s an abbreviated version of my interview with the American Idol contestant, Katie Higley.

DOUG: What was the song that your great-grandfather sang?

KATIE: Yes, he sang White Christmas with Bing Crosby. The Bing Crosby. He sang as the first tenor in the quartet. So you can hear grandpa every Christmas and their singing the I’m Dreaming, you know. 

DOUG: You’ve also been on American Idol.

KATIE: yeh. I was named Soul Sister on my girls’ camp when I was really young.

DOUG: Ah, I knew there was a reason.

KATIE: I love gospel music. So when this song came out by Train. That’s the song I’m going to sing. I loved how happy it is, it’s upbeat. Do you want to hear a bit?

DOUG: Yeah let’s hear it


DOUG: So who were the judges that you played that in front of?

KATIE: It was for Katy Perry, Lionel Ritchie, and Luke Bryant.

Consider this your personal invitation to watch my entire “JESSOP’S JOURNAL” interview with Katie Higley by clicking HERE.

As a sidebar, be watching for an upcoming “Jessop’s Jukebox” music special with Katie performing songs that mean something special to her, and hopefully you. I don’t want to give away everything, but you may want to check out her TEDX talk where she performs a song that she wrote and performed to remind people that “it’s okay to not be okay. ” I thought it was especially reflective to tape her musical performances in a former church building now called “Church & State.”

You can also see my positive business profiles called “Utah Success Stories” every Sunday in the ABC4 News at 10 p.m. or online.

To get a sneak peek on stories I’m working on, please consider following me on my website, Youtube, Facebook, Instagram or on Twitter.

I strongly feel that “stories have power”. Chances are that if you are going through something, that someone else probably has as well. The shared experiences we humans have can help each other. That my friend makes the point that stories “help us understand each other.”

You don’t have to agree with everyone, but in my opinion, if people would take more time getting to knowing more about others and where they are coming from, we just might find out that we have more similarities than differences.

A big shout out goes to my collaborator, Ed Wilets, who does a great job as my videographer/editor for all my stories. I invite you to watch each episode of Jessop’s Journal made possible by the generous support of Rustico, Tailor Cooperative, JW Custom Hats, and Ogden’s Own Distillery .

With another Utah Success Story, I’m Doug Jessop, ABC4 News.

Doug Jessop
For Doug Jessop, it all started with a cassette recorder he got for Christmas when he was 12 years old growing up in Southern California. Doug interviewed relatives, friends and anyone else that might have a good story. You can follow Doug at, on, and @DougJessopNews on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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