The old adage "Mother is always right" couldn't have been more dead-on for 13-year-old Cole Fletcher.
Cole's mother always wanted him to sing John Lennon's "Imagine" during a singing contest, but it wasn't in his key, he said.
He chose other songs for his first and second OC Icon contest, but for his third, which took place Sept. 11, he tried his mother's suggestion and added the big trophy to his small ones.
"I just remember I was really, really excited," the Huntington Beach resident said. "Also, a little relieved."
Cole said he always loved the song, but never had the ability to sing it until he had the key changed. Now he is the winner of OC Icon, a solo voice competition for kids 7 to 18 years old in Orange County.
The experience has taught him to keep up his confidence and always believe in himself, he said.