'America's Got Talent' finalist Chase Goehring visits Knoxville to promote auditions

Maggie Jones # Lifestyles

"America's Got Talent" finalist and Nolensville resident Chase Goehring stopped in Knoxville on Wednesday as a part of a tour to promote the show's upcoming auditions in Nashville on Saturday.

He spoke to the USA TODAY NETWORK - Tennessee about his time on the show's 12th season, which aired last year. He said he wanted to travel and promote the auditions because of his positive experience on the show and the memories he made.

"I got asked to do it and I just love 'America's Got Talent' so much, and my experience was so exciting and filled with so many memories that I'm going to have forever,"
Goehring said.
"I was like, 'Oh I want to do this ... why not go on a little road trip around cities close to Nashville since the auditions are coming up and talk about my experience and maybe inspire some people to go out and audition?'"

So far, Goehring has visited Memphis, Birmingham, Chattanooga and Knoxville. He was headed to Nashville on Wednesday evening.

Advice for auditions

Goehring's advice for those wanting to audition for the show is simple.

"I would say to do it. I mean ... I've been saying this throughout the whole trip, but there's nothing to lose and everything to gain from being on the show, so it's just a really good opportunity. If you have any kind of talent, if you're really passionate about something ... you know what you want to do in life, I would really recommend going on it and giving it a shot."

Geohring got a private audition for the show from a friend. He had to perform three songs. Two were original songs from him, and the other one was a cover. He got a call back two or three weeks later to audition for the judges.

Goehring advanced through the show's rounds and received the golden buzzer, which sent him straight to the live shows. He made it to the show's Top 10.

"It was just a really cool experience overall,"
Goehring said.
"I ended up staying in California for three or four weeks when we made it to the live shows because there's the quarterfinals, the semifinals and then the finale, so I just stayed that whole entire time and I got to know all the contestants and all the staff, everybody was just really cool and yeah, it was great."

Lessons from AGT

"America's Got Talent" showed Goehring what it would be like to perform music as a full-time job and go on tour.

"I really got a taste of what it would be like to do it full time. You know what I mean? I guess just like staying in a hotel and just getting used to that kind of lifestyle,"
Goehring said.
"Like not really being at home for a while, and doing all these performances, and practicing and something that would prepare you to do some kind of tour where you're practicing a lot and making sure the stage is right and everything, so I learned a lot."

After his time on the show, Goehring took a break for a few months. He's also figured out his goals for 2018.

"After that I'm going to get back to planning a tour of my own,"
he said.
"That's something I want to do for 2018, and I also want to put out more music. I really want to release my song 'Mirror,' and that's the song I did for the finale."

Nashville audition info

"America's Got Talent" will host auditions from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 13, at Music City Center, 201 Fifth Ave. S., Nashville.

The auditions are open to any age and talent, and those interested must bring photo IDs. Animals are not allowed at Music City Center, so those wanting to audition with animals will need to submit an online audition.

The show will feature additional audition locations including San Jose, California, on Jan. 19; Los Angeles, California, on Feb. 3; and Phoenix, Arizona, on Feb. 24.

For more information on the auditions and how to sign up, visit