Chikezie Is Jesus' Homeboy

3/12/2008 1:14 PM PDT
Long before "Idol" (and Terminal 4 at LAX), Chikezie actually spent 18 years training for the "Idol" stage at Fairview Heights Baptist Church in Inglewood ,Ca. -- which just happens to be Tyra Banks' childhood church.

Chikezie was in a church choir called Praise Team. In this video, shot in October of last year, it's clear that his years there have served him well. The pastor of the church, Carl Hargrove, tells TMZ that Chikezie sounds better in church than he does on "AI". Guess there's nothing quite like the acoustics in God's house.