Miller competed against more than 100 hopefuls from around the country for one of the 20 spots on Idol's Season 12. However, she was not one of the singers moving on to Las Vegas. She had qualified in Baton Rouge auditions of the Hollywood round.
The local is not letting last night get her down though. She recently released a catchy dance song titled Only Me & U, co-written with her producer CrackaTrax, that is available on iTunes!
Miller, an Ethel native, auditioned for Idol in January in Baton Rouge.
Although on crutches, Miller charmed the judges with a soulful yet spunky rendition of "Something's Got A Hold On Me", original lyrics by Etta James and recently made popular by Flo Rida's "Good Feeling."
She was involved in a motorcycle accident the same week as the audition but managed to turn her accident into gold when she wowed the judges at the Baton Rouge audition.
Miller, who recently passed on the title of Miss Greater Baton Rouge title, has performed in beauty pageants in the Miss America Organization for the past four years and says her pageant experience has definitely contributed to the success of her auditions.
Miller won the talent competition in the Miss Louisiana pageant last summer and finished as the fourth-runner up overall in the pageant.
"I honestly feel like I would not have had the confidence to get up there and do what I did without being molded by the mentors I have met along the way,” Miller said.
The first ZFest Zachary Idol winner says she is inspired by people who not only sing, but who give everything and make you actually feel what they are singing. “It's the ones (singers) who really connect with the audience and give you that special feeling inside when they are singing a story,” said Miller.
Miller loves being an inspiration to others. "There is no greater feeling in the world than to have someone tell you that you have inspired them by simply doing what you love to do. I want to continue to inspire others with my music and touch their hearts,” Miller said.
In addition, Miller is motivated by the people in her life who have believed in her from day one and who have not let her give up. Being from a small town gives her an edge because it’s like "having one big family supporting me."
While Miller wasn’t surprised to get the approval of the Idol judges on Jan. 24 due to believing in herself, she says she did go in with the knowledge that there were only a few golden tickets and many people wanted one. "I know only a select group of people actually make it to Hollywood. I am so honored and so blessed that God has chosen me to be one of those lucky people,” Miller said.
"I'm speechless," Donna Miller said about her daughter's audition. "Megan has always been a go getter. If you tell her no, she is the type of kid who let's nothing stop her from achieving her goals."
Donna and John Miller are both extremely proud of their daughter's accomplishments, and said her experience was a dream come true.
After a successful surgery on her leg, MIller was back on her feet singing the National Anthem at the Guns & Hoses Flag Football Fundraiser in Zachary on Jan. 31.
Miller currently attends LSU and will graduate in May with a degree in Kinesiology. She also graduated from Centreville Academy and has attended Southwest MS Community College.
Her band, the Megan Miller Band, performs in shows and local venues around Louisiana.
Dates, performances and venues for the Megan Miller Band can be found on Facebook at Megan Miller Band/Music or on Twitter at www.twitter.com/MeganMillMusic.