SF STATE NEWS -- Leighton is a contestant on American Idol and one of about 200 performers invited to travel to Los Angeles for the Hollywood Week round of the popular television singing competition.
The freshman is studying audio production.
“American Idol taught me how to be myself and that the music that I sing is OK, people enjoy it and I don’t have to be a Jennifer Hudson to make people like me,” Leighton tells SF State News. “I can be me. I was OK with being Chandler Leighton there, and that was the greatest part.”