Smiths Station High School graduate Brittney Allen performed on America's Got Talent last night.
She played keyboard and sang "Wherever You Will Go" by The Calling in front of the judges and the audience.
Allen's story was featured in a short interview, highlighting her upbringing and family.
"I grew up in a very small town of Smiths Station, Ala.," Allen said on television. "Has like, one stop sign. That's about it. It's very, very tiny."
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Allen discussed her father, also a musician, and her fiancé Will Ortiz, a Marine.
She also said she often gets stage fright, something she told the Ledger-Enquirer yesterday.
"I just hope I don't mess up," Allen said. "I know I'll probably get nervous the second I have to start talking out there."
That fear turned out to be prophetic, as Allen stopped playing after just a few seconds on stage after messing up.
"I had literally played that song a million times," Allen told The Ledger-Enquirer. "I sat down and my mind went completely blank."
However, Allen restarted the song and belted out "Wherever You Will Go" to a standing ovation.
"I think you're amazingly talented," judge Howie Mandel said. "I think there is a lesson that can be learned here tonight. Not only for you, but it goes out to everybody in America, and that is never give up."
The judges approved her three to one to pass her to the next round. Mandel, Mel B and Heidi Klum approved her with only Howard Stern disapproving of her act.
"I felt excited because I wanted to give them my best," Allen told The Ledger-Enquirer. "It just kind of encouraged me to do better."
Watch the full video of her audition (including the judges' opinions) on NBC's website.