Local student opens for Coldplay

July 25, 2008 3:45:14 PM PDT
His winning song is called "Elevator" and now, Jonah Delso is rising to the top. Normally a solo artist, the junior at Drexel University practiced his set with a band in Downingtown this afternoon.

When Jonah performs at the Wachovia Center tonight, it will be on the biggest stage of his life, opening his music to a whole new audience.

Jonah first heard about Coldplay's contest on the radio.

Hundreds of artists submitted music videos on YouTube, where fans and friends voted to narrow the field down to three finalists.

From there, the members of Coldplay listened to the finalists and selected their favorite to open the show tonight.

For Jonah, the honor is still surprising.

"I'm a huge fan so this is just mind-blowing," Jonah said.

For this special performance with Coldplay, Jonah didn't want to go it alone so he brought in a band to round out the sound.

Jonah has performed with these musicians before, but this is the first time they're playing his songs in front of a crowd.

"I just felt really comfortable asking these guys to help me and play the set and everything's worked out perfectly. I'm really excited to play live," Jonah said.

Jonah and the rest of the band will play for twenty minutes before Coldplay takes the stage.

He hopes the fans will love his music, too.

"Knowing that my music is apparently good enough to be heard by thousands of people, it really just opened up a new door," Jonah said.

Maybe even the door of the Wachovia Center with Jonah Delso as the headliner.

LINK: See Jonah's winning video clip

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