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Dave Stewart Backs Daughter On 'American Idol'

29 March 2023 | 11:18 am | Mary Varvaris

Kaya Stewart's song she performed on American Idol couldn’t be more different to the brilliant pop music of the 80s her dad made with Annie Lennox.

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Kaya Stewart, an aspiring young singer from Los Angeles, recently auditioned for the latest season of American Idol, with her famous father accompanying her on guitar.

Her dad is none other than Eurythmics superstar Dave Stewart, and he’s there helping his daughter’s Sweet Dreams come true.

With her father’s experience and connections in the music industry, Kaya could likely start a music career with that leg up. However, the song she performed on American Idol couldn’t be more different to the brilliant pop music of the 80s her dad made with Annie Lennox.

In fact, Kaya Stewart sounds like she listens to a lot of singer-songwriters, namely Phoebe Bridgers and Alanis Morissette, on the original song she auditioned with, This Tattoo.

Dave’s presence immediately won judge Lionel Richie over, who said, “We were inducted into the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame together. Just to have you with your daughter I think is so cool.”

Fellow judge Katy Perry was unsure about Kaya’s Idol path and commented, “With all the different opportunities and connections and stuff, how did you even land at American Idol, if this is the right choice?”

Kaya answered, “A huge part of me even coming on was getting to sing my own music,” revealing that This Tattoo is a song she wrote with her dad. “I think that opened a whole new world for me.”

Her audition received three resounding yes-es, with judge Luke Bryan also enjoying what he heard. Check out her audition below.

As Consequence Of Sound notes, Kaya Stewart isn’t the only recent American Idol contestant to audition with a famous parent. Last year, rocker Ava Maybee, the daughter of Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith, was on Idol and progressed up to the top 14.

A few weeks ago, Rach Karma, the singer for the bands Nevermourn and Evil Twin, auditioned for American Idol, putting her own spin on the Dio classic, Holy Diver

While she wasn’t amazing, it was thrilling to hear a heavy metal song on a mainstream reality television series–Karma gave it her best shot, and she was still pretty good. It’s just that no one compares to the sheer power of Ronnie James Dio.

All three judges declined to send Karma further into the competition, but Richie said, “I have not heard that song in 100 years. I'm a big fan of rock 'n' roll. 

"I know this might sound kind of strange, but Rob Zombie happens to be one of my dearest friends, so.” Check out that audition here.