Austin French, ‘Rising Star’: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

Check out Austin French the finalist on Rising Star. He’s a pastor, a newlywed and a true contender on the show.

1. “Georgia On My Mind” Is His Most Watched Performance from the Show

One of French’s most revered performances was “Georgia On My Mind.” Check out the set in the above video clip.

2. He’s a Full-Time Pastor

French has been a pastor for two years at Journey Church in Georgia and is currently an online student at Liberty University studying Evangelism Ministry. Every Sunday he uses his music abilities to connect with church-goers as he sings and plays the guitar on stage. French even met his wife at church.

3. Austin French Got to Perform With Host Josh Groban

Last Sunday, French had the privilege of performing with Rising Star host and award-winning vocal artist Josh Groban. He posted the above photo on his Instagram with this caption:

Holy cow! Did that really happen!? Such an honor and privilege to perform with @joshgroban last night! Thanks for an unforgettable experience Josh!

4. French Comes From a Musical Family

According to ABC, French is a versatile artist and music runs in his blood:

A singer/songwriter, he also plays guitar, drums, piano and bass … He’s engaged and comes from a musical family. His mom taught voice and piano—he’s been training since he was just two years old.

5. He Got Married While on Rising Star

Jocelyn Marshall was French’s fiancee and their wedding date was set for August 1, 2014, which now makes French a married man. So, how did he juggle his wedding, the church and the Rising Star competition? Check it out in the above video to find out.

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