54-Year-Old Singer (Who Looks Not A Day Over 40) Brings “X Factor” Judges To Tears With Her Voice

September 13, 2013  |  

I don’t really watch FOX’s X Factor like that, because there are far too many reality competition shows on these days. Plus, when you do watch, the people who deserve to win usually get voted off too soon. But I couldn’t help but be thoroughly impressed by a gorgeous black woman with a big heart, big hair, and a big voice when she auditioned for the show this week. Lillie McCloud looks like she could be somebody’s young aunt, but the woman is actually 54 years old. When she tells Simon Cowell her age before she sings, the crowd, and the judges, gasp because they hadn’t heard the news: black don’t crack.

McCloud goes on to give a rousing rendition of CeCe Winans’ “Alabaster Box,” and gets to go on to the next round after she brought the crowd to their feet and had folks like Kelly Rowland and Demi Lovato breaking down in tears because of her voice. This is all a major feat considering that McCloud says she has been trying to sing for years but just hasn’t received her big break. But she kept the faith, and it just might be her time! Check out her amazing performance and backstory above and let us know what you think.

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  • Patricia

    This sista ooks amazingly beautiful and has a incredible voice.

  • BadAzz Bee

    Rochester STAND UP!!!!! B

  • applesauce585

    54? This woman has aged “GRACEFULLY” and her voice is beautiful!!


    she killed that performance and she got an innocent swag with it thats def a plus

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  • Tracy Wynne

    AWESOME GOD has been good to her. Beautiful woman amazing voice………………..Smooches tears flowing, I hope I’m living my life right to be blessed to look amazing at 54 Good Lawd lol

  • scandalous7

    that is my song to!

  • Gwendolyn Mason

    Beautiful!!!!! She is beautiful, her voice is beautiful, the performance was beautiful…..Simply beautiful!!!!!!!


  • YouStupid!

    Beautiful! Touching! I will be watching, I will be rooting and voting for her…she deserves her chance and best of all she put her family first.



  • Blossom25

    She is awesome.

  • Jenie

    I am in tears wow!

  • Derek Shelton

    THEE most-most incredible audition or LIVE PERFORMNCE EVER!!!… HARD TEAR CHERKER!!!…

  • Guest

    I saw the show the other night and it brought me to tears and I listened again today and I am still crying. She is terrific.

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  • sammi_lu

    Looking like she stepped smooth out of a blaxploitation movie..straight slaying with her vocals!!

  • Live_in_LDN

    She doesn’t look a day over 40? Damn, if she told me she was 28, I would not question her.

    • 1Val

      Nor would I question her if she told me she was in her late 20s. A gorgeous and talented woman.

  • Pam

    Ok this had me in tears!! This woman here! Beautiful voice that touched way down deep into my soul!

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