Solomon Gomez says the cliche about singers is true when it comes to his daughter Alexis.
"She is really one of those kids who has been singing forever," the Miami Twp. resident said.
The 2014 Wright State graduate appears on American Idol, airing at 8 p.m. tonight (Jan. 14) on Fox 45.
Alexis auditioned for two prior seasons, but didn't make it to the judge's panel until this go round.
It is an understatement to say she was nervous to appear in front of Keith Urban, Harry Connick Jr. and Jennifer Lopez, who she described as "freakin' beautiful."
Despite those nerves, the Centerville High School grad enjoyed the ride.
"It was so much fun," she told me. "Just to get their criticism and feedback along meant the world to me."
A teaser gives the impression that tonight won't be the last time we see the Spanish education major on the show.
Some blogs have Alexis seizing one of the reality competition show's prized golden tickets.
A watch party will be held at SouthBrook Christian Church, where Alexis is a worship leader and her dad works as weekend leader.
The party starts at 7 p.m. at the church, located at 9095 Washington Church Road in Miamisburg.
Solomon said his daughter sung in the children's choir and first took a public stage at age 8.
Her father, sister, brother and sister-in-law make up the Alexis Gomez band, which also includes two church members.
Solomon said his wife Angela serves as the group's roadie/make-up artist/sandwich-getter/everything else.
"It sounds corny, but (singing) is kind of a thing we always done as a family for fun," Solomon said. "When we realized this girl can sing, we said 'holy cow'."