This 16-Year-Old Grew Up Without Power, But Her 'American Idol' Audition Electrified Judges

She may live 'off the grid,' but her cover of 'Angel' is on point.

American Idol semifinalist Jeneve Rose Mitchell calls herself the "Rocky Mountain hillbilly girl" with a level of authenticity that not many can lay claim to. The 16-year-old lives off the grid — without electricity and with only spring water — with her parents atop Saddle Mountain in Colorado, where she and her family tend to their farm that provides food.

Suffice it to say, her childhood has not been the technology-filled life of the typical teenager.


"When you have no electricity, you've gotta find ways to entertain yourself," she told "American Idol," "So I picked up a couple instruments: fiddle, mandolin, guitar, bass, harp, flute, French horn, cello, banjo, ukulele, piano, trumpet, and the kazoo."

After acing her audition with a personality-plus rendition of "Chainsaw" by The Band Perry followed by a slow and soulful acoustic performance of Johnny Cash's "Ring of Fire," Jeneve found herself among the 24 semifinalists. She then performed a beautifully compelling harp cover of Sarah McLachlan's 1997 hit, "Angel" in a bid to reach the next round during the top 24 solo competition as the show celebrates its final season.

Watch the performance that Keith Urban called "extraordinary" and gave J.Lo "goosies" below:

As of this writing, Jeneve Rose Mitchell is currently one of just 14 semifinalists.

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We wish her and all of her fellow contestants the very best. 

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