Born in San Jose, California, Brackensick graduated from Oak Grove High School, where he was named homecoming king, in 2012. He was actively involved in his school's Theater Arts Program and was also president of the Polynesian Club as well.
American IdolEditBrackensick originally auditioned for the show in season 10 but was cut in the "Green Mile" round because the judges felt that he wasn't ready. He decided to give the show another shot and auditioned again, this time making it to the top 25 and then the top 13 as a wild card choice. He was praised frequently by the judges for his smooth vocals and was also a live audience favorite. After his performance of the Stevie Wonder song "Master Blaster", judge Randy Jackson told Brackensick that he was the most commericial ready out of the contestants. Brackensick even got a thrill when he got to meet one of his idols, R&B singer Eric Benet.
Brackensick ended up eliminated on April 5, 2012, finishing in 8th place. Judge Jennifer Lopez admitted to wanting to use the "judges' save" on him but because it had to be a unanimous decision among the judges and it wasn't, Brackensick was eliminated.
After his elimination, Brackensick went on several talk shows and was a part of the American Idols Live tour, which kicked off on July 6, 2012 in Detriot, Michigan, with the rest of the top 10. He's also been focused on his music, signing a deal with an upstart label called Truth Records. His first single, "Her Crazy", was released on June 4, 2013.
Brackensick and season 11 runner-up Jessica Sanchez did confirm that they were dating in July 2012. However, Sanchez said in a May 2013 interview that they had split up.
- "Her Crazy" (2013)
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