Austin Wolfe, a senior at Park City High School, will be the opening act for the Five for Fighting concert at Deer Valley on Saturday. Wolfe had a Top 30
Austin Wolfe, a senior at Park City High School, will be the opening act for the Five for Fighting concert at Deer Valley on Saturday. Wolfe had a Top 30 finish during the 14th season of "American Idol" and said her experience on the show has helped her with her own musical career. (Courtesy of Austin Wolfe)
Park City's own Austin Wolfe made the town proud with her run as a Top 30 finalist on the 14th season of "American Idol."

The senior at Park City High School has since been asked by Mountain Town Music to open for Bridgit Mendler and performed at the Park City Board of Realtors' Philanthropic Foundation's Luxury Home Tour last week.

On Saturday, Aug. 16, Wolfe will open for Five for Fighting at Deer Valley for one of the Park City Institute's St. Regis Big Stars, Bright Nights concerts.

Wolfe said she is honored to perform.

"I have performed at Deer Valley before, but I don't think there were as many people there as there will be for Five for Fighting," Wolfe said during an interview with The Park Record. "I'm very excited."

The singer will perform a set accompanied by pianist Rich Parkinson and guitarist Jeff Linsky.

"We've been practicing a lot of songs and are still in the process of picking which ones we want to play," Wolfe said. "We will choose some up-beat songs and some slower and soulful ones, because we know that Five for Fighting plays in that slower musicality.

"We have been looking at some Bob Dylan and Adele," she said. "We're staying in the pop realm, because that's what I sing, but we're also branching out a little bit."

Expanding her musical roots is important for Wolfe, because she knows there are good songs in every style.

"I am a pop singer, so people usually think that's all I listen to on the radio, but I actually never listen to the radio," she said.


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"I go on Pandora and Spotify because I'm always looking for new songs."

When she finds a song she likes, she delves deeper into social networking sites.

"I will go on YouTube and look up someone else's version of a song, other than the original artist, to see how they change up," "Wolfe said. "That helps me build my artistry when I decide to cover the song."

The "American Idol" experience opened Wolfe's mind to that process.

"Someone told me that I was singing a song just like Adele did and that I needed to figure out how to make the song my own," Wolfe remembered. "That started this procedure."

Another way "American Idol" has helped Wolfe was getting performance dates.

"Before, I would play at the Park Silly Sunday Market or at a county fair, but no one knew who I was outside of my little bubble," she said. "After 'Idol,' I was contacted by many different people, and I've been full of days this summer. It's been amazing."

Earlier this year, Wolfe made a music video of Adele's "One and Only" that won the Best Showcase award in the 2014 Miners Film Festival at her school.

The video was filmed by Wolfe's former film teacher, Ryan Miller.

"I told him I wanted to make a video for the festival and he told me the deadline was a week away," Wolfe said with a laugh. "We pulled together the dancers. I went and recorded the song and we filmed it in just a few hours in the Park City High School's black box theater."

The singer said she is thankful for the support the community has shown her.

"I've been collaborating with many local resources on these amazing projects and it's been wonderful how everyone has been so willing to help me," Wolfe said. "Richard, who is my co-producer and songwriter, has become second family to me. And Ryan has helped me make music videos that we release every two weeks on YouTube.

"This whole experience has even brought my family closer together," she said. "My mom is understanding more what I want to do and my dad is helping me out."

Still, with all of these projects, Wolfe isn't sure what her next step will be.

"There are many options, but right now, I'm just looking to finish my senior year strongly and we'll decide what I'll do after that," she said. "I want everyone to know how thankful I am for this exciting opportunity. It will be really fun and I'm hoping it will be a fantastic show."

Park City's Austin Wolfe will open for Five for Fighting on Saturday, Aug. 16, for the Park City Institute's St. Regis Big Stars, Bright Nights concert at 7 p.m. Tickets are $40 and available by visiting www.bigstarsbrightnightsconcerts.org.