Calling all American Idol & Chris Sligh fans! Would you like to win a copy of his latest album? Read on!
I enjoy watching American Idol and look forward to going to the newly opened American Idol experience at Disney World in a few weeks! I also enjoy seeing what happens to AI contestants after the show. And Chris Sligh is one that has definitely prospered!
As an AI fan, I know you will remember Chris Sligh from season 6. You know..... "Fro Patro!"
Over the next few years he put several groups together, leading eventually to Half Past Forever, whose dynamic shows stirred major label interest and elevated Sligh toward a breakthrough into the mainstream pop/rock market.
But then, in 2006, Sligh auditioned for American Idol, more or less on a whim. To his surprise, his performance swept him onto a fast track to the final rounds. His willingness to take chances, his ironic wit, and his startlingly powerful vocals embedded him into the popular imagination. And his distinctive blend of talent, humor, confidence, and unpredictability led to an exchange with Simon Cowell that astonished and delighted the other judges, host Ryan Seacrest, and much of America.
“There had never been a smart aleck on American Idol,” Sligh says, chuckling at the memory of the night he stood up to the notoriously acerbic Idol judge. “They’d never had someone who would come back to Simon in a genuinely funny way. But I had no problem being who I am, no matter what good or bad consequences that would bring.
This moment, like a bravura theater performance, stemmed from both careful preparation and a willingness to seize the moment. “I’d done a ton of research,” Sligh says, chuckling at the memory of the night he stood up to the Idol judge. “They’d really never had someone come back at Simon, so I’m thinking, ‘I can sing as well as just about anybody, so I’m going to make this about being funny. There’s no way I’m going home before the top 24, because I’m going to make them need me.”
Though he didn’t win, Sligh did captivate and stir discussion among the millions of American Idol viewers. He also demonstrated that he knew how to do whatever needed to be done to turn a performance, whether through singing or spoken words, into a home run. “With a song, you have three minutes to cram in as much information as possible,” he observes. Sligh’s willingness to challenge convention and to take creative risks is evident throughout Running Back to You. Produced by Brown Bannister (Amy Grant, MercyMe, Steven Curtis Chapman, The Afters), with guest coproduction from renowned musicians Will Owsley and Stephen Leiweke the project will evoke other artists of passion and commitment, from Switchfoot to the Killers. In the end, though, the lesson is reaffirmed – namely, that Chris Sligh simultaneously touches the heart and rocks the house.
As a fellow Christian, I am excited to see what he has done & see where his career will take him!
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