Former ‘American Idol’ Contestant CJ Harris Dies of a Heart Attack at the Age of 31
Former American Idol contestant CJ Harris dies of a heart attack.
Fans of the show remember the Jasper native auditioning for the judges back in 2014 in Salt Lake City, blowing them away with his version of Allman Brothers Band’s “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, it’s greater than the sum of the parts.”Jennifer Lopez pointed out his audition wasn’t perfect, but there was something there, so she liked him, as his girlfriend waited nervously backstage.
Following his incredible audition, CJ rocked America with powerful versions of the songs “Too Close,” “American Woman,” and “Free Fallin’.” He was chosen by the judges as a wild card in the semi-finals after not receiving enough votes, being kept in the competition and making it all the way to the top 6 before being eliminated.
After American Idol, CJ performed with Darius Rucker at The Grand Ole Opry, someone he’s said was a massive influence on his style. He even played for audiences in the competition show’s season 13 tour. Our prayers and deepest condolences go out to the fans, family and friends of CJ Harris. RIP.
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