CJ Harris, Former ‘American Idol’ Contestant, Dead At 31 [CONDOLENCES]
Former “American Idol” contestant CJ Harris has died at the age of 31.
According to reports, CJ Harris suffered from an apparent heart attack Sunday night (Jan. 15) in Jasper, Alabama. He was taken to a local hospital by ambulance but was pronounced dead shortly after arrival.
CJ Harris was on “American Idol” back in 2014. He auditioned in Salt Lake City and impressed the judges with his rendition of the Allman Brothers Band’s classic hit “Soulshine.” Judge Keith Urban told CJ,
“You sing ’cause you have to sing, not ’cause you want to sing. And, I mean that in the deepest way. And, that’s why it’s so believable and real.”
Following his audition, CJ Harris went on to perform renditions of “Too Close,” “American Woman,” and “Free Fallin’.” He was ultimately chosen by the judges as a wild card in the semi-finals after not receiving enough votes, further keeping him in the competition. He made it all the way to the final six before getting eliminated.
He found success after “American Idol” performing at the Grand Ole Opry with singer Darius Rucker, who became a mentor to Harris. He was also a part of “American Idol’s” season 13 tour.
In 2014 he told The Hollywood Reporter he auditioned for “American Idol” on a whim.
”I saw they were doing the bus tour and they were going to be 30 minutes down the road from me, I said, “You know what? I’m going to give it another chance. I’ve gotten so much better, my voice has matured and my playing has gotten so much better. I’m 23, before you know it I’ll be 33 and I want to give it another chance.”‘
Our thoughts and prayers go out to CJ Harris’ family and friends.