Kind words from Keith Urban to a struggling singer a few years back have given the guy the confidence to pursue a career in country music.

Keith met Casey Thrasher at the CMA Awards in 2012 and told him that he believed in him. And they recently met again -- this time at the American Idol auditions in Salt Lake City. After Casey's performance of Brooks and Dunn's "Believe," all three judges gave him a golden ticket to Hollywood week. 

"What I love about it was that mix of like hunger, desire and desperation and want to be able to get a break. Just get a dang break. And I felt all of that, man."