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This guided him to being one of the local finalists.
He won the contest over runner-up Clay Aiken by only 134,000 votes out of 24,000,000 cast in the May 2003 finale, Studdard released his first single, a cover of Westlife's "Flying Without Wings" (which he had sung on the show's finale), produced by The Underdogs and Babyface, a month later in June 2003.
Fueled largely by sales, it debuted at number two on the Billboard Hot 100.
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 for which he received a scholarship to Alabama A&M University.
He sang with Just a Few Cats, a popular local Birmingham jazz and R&B band founded by members of Ray Reach's UAB Jazz Ensemble, along with other local musicians.
Years later, Studdard stated: "A lot of people don't realize how hard I was trying to get into the business before American Idol.
He is signed to Verve Records and released his newest album, Unconditional Love, on February 4, 2014.
The youngest son of two teachers, at the age of three, he sang for the first time at the Rising Star Baptist Church in his hometown of Birmingham.
The title track and first single "I Need an Angel" was a cover of a 2002 single performed by R&B singer Daniel De Bourg and written by R. The album sold over 96,000 copies in its first week, it also entered the Gospel charts at number one, opened at number twenty on the Billboard 200 chart, it since has sold over 500,000 copies.
It was also number one on the 2005 Billboard Year-End Gospel Albums Chart.
However, Studdard did have good success on the Urban Contemporary chart with "Change Me" (which reached number one) and its successor "Make Ya Feel Beautiful". For me, a party has all different types of music happening." Studdard appeared on the finale of American Idol season 6 in May 2007.Tags: Adult Dating, affair dating, sex dating