A Pleasanton teen is set to appear on Fox television next week as part of her audition for the 14th season of "American Idol" in San Francisco.
Maddy Hudson, 16, will be singing a song by Beyoncé in hopes for the "golden ticket" to Hollywood.
Hudson said she grew up watching the singing competition television series and always dreamed of auditioning once she was old enough.
"You know in your soul what you're supposed to do in life," said Hudson, who hopes "American Idol" will launch her singing career.
Locals may recognize Hudson from Tully's Coffee on Main Street, where she sings every Saturday morning during the farmer's market, in addition to the private performances she has booked.
Hudson, who attended Foothill High School for three years, is now being home-schooled for her senior year to focus on her passion.
According to Hudson's mother Ashli, the teen is on track to graduate in June but "while other students are applying to colleges, she's ready to start her career."
Ashli Hudson added: "When you have a child with so much talent, you just know this is what they're meant to do."
Maddy Hudson recalled a defining moment in her life when she sang at a school talent show as a fifth-grader, saying, "I got off the stage and the kids were asking for my autograph."
"It made me happy knowing something that I love to do made them happy," she said.
Now, Hudson must also impress "American Idol" judges Harry Connick Jr., Jennifer Lopez and Keith Urban. The episode featuring Hudson is scheduled to air this Jan. 28 at 8 p.m. on Fox.