BALTIMORE — Jeremiah Lloyd Harmon, the Catonsville janitor turned American Idol finalist, is coming back to familiar grounds for an upcoming performance and party.
Harmon will put on a “Homecoming Party & Live Performance” at the Hard Rock Cafe in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. on June 27. The show is sponsored by 100.7 the Bay and WMAR-2 News on TV, who will broadcast live hits from the show at 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. The party is free to all who wish to attend, but WMAR-2 News has an online contest for VIP access. The winner will get four VIP tickets that include a meet and great with Harmon.
Harmon captured the ears and hearts of audiences as he told a moving story of going from the janitor at his lather’s church to a performer sweetly singing on stage. He also had to deal with profound obstacles in his personal life, as Harmon is gay, a reality his father, Pastor Jerry, found difficult to accept. Now Pastor Jerry beams with pride watching his son reach newfound heights doing what he loves.
Harmon earned high praise from the American Idol judges, being unanimously voted to go to Hollywood and getting special recognition from Katy Perry. Unfortunately, his journey ended short of the show’s final four.
Harmon wasn’t the only area star in the making on the show. Windsor-Mill native Dimitrius Graham also excelled in the show, though he too did not make the final cut.