The first question Elijah McCormick asked his mother after a near-fatal car accident in 2019 was, “Momma, can I still sing?” American Idol judges answered that question four years later with a big “Yes” and a golden ticket to Hollywood.
Below, you’ll learn everything you need to know about this survivor.
Elijah McCormick On American Idol
On the third night of American Idol auditions, Elijah McCormick brought Lionel Richie to tears following his powerful performance of “Bless the Broken Road” by Rascal Flatts. Infact, all three judges got out of their seats to hug Elijah as Luke said, “The last person I saw approach singing like you was Willie Spence.”
The other connection between Willie and Elijah is that they’ve both been in horrific traffic accidents. And this was exactly what got Lionel. Plus, the soulful notes Elijah kept on hitting, “I thought of Willie and from then on, I couldn’t recover. I was trying to look dignified and then you beat me up some more. Let me just tell you this, God brought you back nine times for you to do something amazing. I am so glad you are here with us. That was just one of those moments in my life that I will never forget,” Lionel explained.
Katy then said, “Elijah, do you understand that this is the beginning of your story? I can’t believe you came to us. How the heck did you come to us?” before Elijah revealed it was his mother who had signed him up to audition before the accident.
Obviously, the judges invited his mom in and praised him even more. “Your son, when he opens his mouth, he’s divine. God brought him back for a purpose in life, and it starts right here. Well, God bless you, and your family, and that golden child right there.” Lionel said.
In the weirdest of coincidences, Elijah interrupted Lionel and revealed that even in the hospital he was called the “Golden Child” because his hair was gold at the time.
After receiving the America platinum ticket award, Elijah then promised to not let anyone down.
Elijah McCormick Car Accident
It was June 8, 2019, when Elijah McCormick got into a serious car crash, three hours after his graduation. His vehicle crashed and caught fire on his way home. The accident was so terrifying that Elijah flatlined in a helicopter on the way to the hospital and he did so again in the hospital a total of nine times!
Thereafter, he had to spend 79 days in the hospital and around 10 surgeries including open heart surgery and dialysis.
Now, when Elijah looks back the last thing he remembers is dropping his friend off at her house, and being only a mile away from home. “I would never have expected to go through something like that. I am not supposed to be here. I have to fulfill my purpose. I am going to go out there and give it everything I have, leave everything on the floor. I am going to leave with no regrets,” he on American Idol.
Another surprising thing is that the whole time Elijah was at the UNC Hospital in Chapel Hill and even when he returned home, he never once was in pain. “Life is too short and can be taken from anyone at any moment …I just want to say thank you lord for covering me in the midst of it all,” he added.
How Old Is Elijah McCormick?
Elijah McCormick was 21 years old when he appeared on American Idol in 2023.
He was in a terrifying accident back when he was 18.
Elijah McCormick Job
Elijah McCormick is a musician. Though a budding singer, Elijah someday hopes to make it big in the American music scene.
You can check out his cover songs on TikTok @musicbyelijahmc.
At the time of writing this article, Elijah had yet to release his original music.
Elijah McCormick Height
Elijah McCormick stands tall at a height of above 5 feet 11 inches (180 cm).
Who Are Elijah McCormick Parents?
Elijah McCormick was born to his parents, Teshauna McCormick and Keith Mccormick.
His mother, Teshauna McCormick is a Union Pines High School graduate who went on to study Sociology at UNC Pembroke. She turned 43 on January 29, 2023. Find her on Instagram @mama_of_3_101 and FB @teshauna.mccormick.
As for his father, Keith is the owner of Keith McCormick Landscaping. This Detroit, Michigan turned 42 on June 3, 2022.
Elijah said that his dad was the most hard-working person he knew. “Many people don’t get to experience what it is to have a dad like you in their lives but I and the girls are proud to call you our dad. We appreciate everything you do, what you do for us does not go unnoticed! I love you,” he once dedicated a post to his dad on FB.
As for Elijah’s siblings, he has a few sisters, one of them is named Azyion McCormick.
Azyion turned 19 on December 7m 2022.
Elijah McCormick Girlfriend
Elijah McCormick kept his relationship private. But upon checking his socials, we found that the singer was close to Journey Ämier (a.k.a. Bonita Bandz) who could be his girlfriend.
Find Journey on IG @bonita.bandz. She is a fashion model.
When Is Elijah McCormick Birthday?
Elijah celebrates his birthday on May 19 and is of the Taurus zodiac.
On his 19th birthday (the next birthday after the dreadful accident, he took to his FB to write, “This year my birthday is a very emotional birthday because not even a year ago I could’ve been gone but God gave me a second chance at life and the opportunity to see the age 19.”
Where Does Elijah McCormick Reside?
Elijah resided in Raeford, North Carolina in 2023.
Is Elijah McCormick On Facebook And TikTok?
Find Elijah on Instagram @musicbyelijahmc.