In a final attempt to sway the public vote, Crystal Bowersox (Mamasox) sings her third song “Up to the Mountain” on the final of American Idol.
“Up to the Mountain (MLK Song)” is a contemporary folk song written by Patty Griffin. The song first appeared in public during Griffin’s concert appearances in the spring of 2005. It was then suggested to and selected by soul artist Solomon Burke for recording on his September 2006 album Nashville.
Griffin recorded it herself officially in a slow rendition built around Ian McLagan’s piano with an accompanying string section, which appeared on her 2007 album Children Running Through.