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AGT Country Singer Kylie Frey May Perform in Your Hometown Later This Year

Kylie Frey impressed all the Judges with her original song  — except one.

By Caitlin Schunn

You have a chance to see a country singer who auditioned on America’s Got Talent live in person on tour near you!

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Kylie Frey just made her Grand Ole Opry debut in Nashville on July 18, 2023, before auditioning for one of her biggest heroes a few weeks later.

Simon [Cowell], I grew up watching you on this show, and I had birthday parties, and I impersonated you,” Frey told the Judges before her audition. “I had all my friends come over and I was Simon. It means the world to be here in front of you.”

Who is Kylie Frey?

The 28-year-old is from Opelousas, Louisiana — about an hour west of Baton Rouge.

“I was born into a rodeo family. We just rodeoed,” Frey said. “And it was awesome. But I love to sing. I kept on and kept on and kept on. I moved to Nashville. I wrote songs six days a week. The dream was to win a Grammy, but it never really happened for me.”

When she wasn't writing her own music, she was a “Louisiana state goat-tying champion,” according to her website.

On her Instagram, she describes herself as “Louisiana bred, Texas inspired, Tennessee living.”

She’s earned eight “number ones” on the Texas Regional Radio Report, according to her website, including for the song she performed on AGT.

Rodeo Queen Kylie Frey Sings Heartfelt Song About Her Grandpa | Auditions | AGT 2023

What song did Kylie Frey sing on AGT?

Appearing on stage in bare feet, with a tan dress and cowboy hat on, Frey sang an original song she wrote, called “Horses In Heaven.”

 

“I wrote this song for my grandpa,” Frey told the Judges and audience. “He always told me, if I sing the National Anthem for every rodeo that I showed up to, that one day someone would ask me to sing the National Anthem at the NFR, which is the Super Bowl of rodeo, and that’s how I was going to get my start. Because that’s how Reba [McEntire] did it, and that’s how I was going to do it too.”

Frey got a standing ovation from the AGT audience when “Horses In Heaven” was over, as well as praise from her favorite Judge.

“Kylie, I really, really like you, and I loved that audition,” Cowell said. “I think you’re a great writer, and you worked for this, and I respect that. You are the real deal. Genuinely.”

Heidi Klum agreed with the praise.

“I like you, I love your whole band — you guys were fantastic,” Klum said. “Just the whole look and sound — everything was working for me.”

But one AGT judge was not as thrilled with Frey’s performance.

“It didn’t move me at all. I didn’t respond to it. I didn’t love it,” Howie Mandel said, amid boos from the crowd (and Cowell) for his criticism. “Listen, if I hear a song that I haven’t heard before, you want it to get stuck in your head, it’s not stuck in my head. That’s just me.”

Despite Mandel’s “no” vote, Frey got “yes” votes from Klum, Cowell, and Sofia Vergara, and she moved on in the competition.

Reba McEntire Congratulates Kylie Frey

Americas Got Talent 1808 Kylie Frey

Another NBC show talent was impressed by Frey's talent. Reba McEntire, who will be joining The Voice as a Coach in Season 24, sent well wishes to Frey after seeing her AGT performance.

"Us rodeo girls gotta stick together! Loved your #AGT audition Kylie!" McEntire tweeted, referring Frey shouting her out as an inspiration beforehand.

Can I see Kylie Frey perform in concert?

Frey is touring through a few Texas spots in September, and tickets are available on her website. She also posted on her Instagram she’ll be on the “Your Bar Now Tour” in towns in Colorado and Wyoming in October, with tickets also available on her website.

“I never thought that I would be here,” Frey said on AGT. “To be able to have this opportunity is huge. I haven’t sang for this many people at one time ever in my life.”

Catch more of her journey on America’s Got Talent when new episodes air Tuesdays at 8/7c on NBC and the next day on Peacock.