Arthur Gunn is on fire.
As American Idol reached the final stages of Hollywood Week, Gunn returned to some familiar material.
The Nepal-born, Kansas-based artist performed his first audition song, Creedence Clearwater Revival’s “Have You Ever Seen the Rain?” Only this time with a totally different spin.
During his audition in Milwaukee, Gunn performed a straight-up, singer-songwriter version of CCR’s classic. For his new take, he changed the key and shook up the arrangement. The experiment was “quite a risk,” he said in the pre-taped segment. “It’s worth a try.”
It sure was, but the experiment was too much for the backing band. The 20-year-old’s audition wasn’t a homerun, so Gunn scrambled to scale back his performance, minus the band. He nailed it.
“It feels pretty satisfying for me,” Gunn remarked afterwards. That’s understating it. Showcasing his versatility, the youngster’s delivery moved judge Lionel Richie to tears.
A week ago, Gunn blew away the judges with a rugged cover of an Otis Redding standard, video of which went viral. He’s done it again. Watch his Creedence cover below.