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It’s no surprise that John Wayne Schulz wowed the judges last night on American Idol with his country singing chops — the Texas rancher has already released an album!

The judges finally found a their true Texan cowboy in John Wayne and according to Billboard, the country crooner released an album in 2002, when he was only 14.

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His 10-track album — titled Ropin’ Dreams — was released on Texas label BSW Records with tracks called “Angel Things,” “Rockin’ Horse,” “Put a Little Love in That Hurt,” “Love Is on Our Side,” and “Don’t Threaten Me With a Good Time.”

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So if he already has a studio album, then why did he decide to take on American Idol?

It was his mother’s wish (she recently survived a battle with breast cancer).

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And he certainly impressed the judges with “YES” across the board, and Randy Jackson explaining “I really feel you dawg.”

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Catch John Wayne’s audition below. Was he one of your favorites? Do you think it’s fair that he has an album and is now going to Hollywood?



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