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Name: Ruben Studdard  
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Date of Birth: 12th September 1978
Place of Birth: Birmingham, Alabama, USA
Profession: Singer
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Christopher Ruben Studdard (born September 12, 1978) is an American pop music singer who rose to fame as winner of the second season of the American Idol television program.

Early life

Ruben Studdard

Studdard, the youngest son of two teachers, sang for the first time at the Rising Star Baptist church in his hometown of Birmingham, Alabama at the age of 3. He continued singing gospel in church, performing solos as a child while his mother sang in the local choir. While at Huffman High School, he played football and received a football scholarship to Alabama A&M University.

After growing up listening to his mother's Donny Hathaway albums, Fred Hammond, and gospel music, Studdard began to persue a career in the music industry, majoring in voice studies at Alabama A&M, graduating in 2000. A backup singer from Just A Few Cats, a popular local Birmingham jazz and R&B band with whom Studdard sang, asked him to accompany her to Nashville, Tennessee for an audition on the second season of FOX's American Idol.

American Idol

When auditioning, Studdard sang Stevie Wonder's "Ribbon In The Sky" and he ended up as one of the local finalists. On American Idol, he impressed viewers with his performances of "Superstar" (originally recorded by the Carpenters and later covered by Luther Vandross) and the Peabo Bryson/Regina Belle duet "A Whole New World"; during the time on the show, Studdard got praise from music legends such as Lionel Richie, Neil Sedaka, Robin Gibb of the Bee Gees, Luther Vandross, and Gladys Knight.

During the televised competition, Studdard gained the nickname "Velvet Teddy Bear" and was noted for his shirts printed with "205," the telephone area code of his hometown of Birmingham. Studdard also did a cover version of "For All We Know", originally recorded by Donny Hathaway, whose music he grew up with.

He won the contest by just a few thousand votes over runner-up Clay Aiken, is the second American Idol winner and is the first, and only male to hold that title.

Professional music career

Studdard released his first single album with the hit song "Flying Without Wings" produced by the Underdogs and Face a month later. In December 2003, advance orders for Soulful topped the 1 million mark before the album was released into stores. The album debuted at number one on the Billboard music charts that month selling over 400,000 copies in its first week. The single "Sorry 2004" from this album reached #9 in the Billboard Hot 100 and #1 on the Billboard R&B singles chart. Ruben received a grammy nomination in December 2003 for best r & b male vocal performance for "Superstar", nominated with his idol Luther Vandross (Vandross won that category). In March 2004, Ruben won the NAACP best new artist award.

Studdard then released a Gospel Album I Need An Angel on November 23, 2004. Selling, 96,000 copies in its first week, went to #1 on the gospel charts, opened at #20 on the Billboard Album Chart, and was certified gold in April 2005, having sold 500,000+ copies. As of July 2005, Studdard is the 3rd best selling American Idol performer with more than 2.5 million albums sold in the U.S.

In March 2005, Studdard filed a lawsuit against godfather and business advisor Ronald Edwards. The suit alleges that Edwards ran up $156,000 on Studdard's credit cards and stole $90,000 from his checking account. Edwards has filed a countersuit.



  1. Soulful (2003, J Records) US: #1, Certification: 2X Platinum, US Sales: 2 million
  2. I Need An Angel (2004, J Records) US: #20, Certification: Gold
  3. The Return of the Velvet Teddy Bear' (Spring 2006?, J Records)


  • "Flying Without Wings"(Idol Single) US: #2
  • "Sorry 2004" US: #9

External link

  • Official site
Preceded by:
Kelly Clarkson
American Idol Winners
Season 2 (2003)
Succeeded by:
Fantasia Barrino

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