C.J. Harris, singer and former ‘American Idol’ contestant, dies at 31 – National

Former American Idol contestant C.J. Harris, who made it to the competitors present’s prime six singers in 2014, died on Sunday evening in Jasper, Ala. He was 31.

TMZ, which was first to report Harris’s demise, mentioned the singer suffered an apparent heart attack.

The Walker County coroner later confirmed Harris’ demise to Folks journal. The outlet reported that the singer was rushed to Walker Baptist Medical Middle in Jasper, however efforts to resuscitate him had been unsuccessful.

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Harris, a father of two younger youngsters, auditioned for American Idol judges Keith City, Jennifer Lopez and Harry Connick Jr. in Salt Lake Metropolis nearly 10 years in the past. He sang a rendition of Soulshine by Allman Brothers Band, accompanied by acoustic guitar.

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After his audition, City instructed Harris he’s the form of performer who “sings as a result of it’s important to sing, not since you need to sing.” He mentioned Harris’s voice was “plausible and actual.”

All three judges voted for Harris to proceed the competitors in Hollywood.

He was eradicated from the thirteenth season of American Idol after making it to the highest six singers. Earlier, he was chosen by the judges as a semifinal wild card selection when he didn’t obtain sufficient votes to stay within the competitors.

After Idol, Harris carried out with Hootie & the Blowfish’s lead vocalist Darius Rucker on the Grand Ole Opry. He launched his single In Love in 2019.

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On social media, Harris commonly shared video of himself performing, usually from his own residence.

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Jessica Meuse, who competed with Harris on Season 13 of American Idol, shared a tribute on Instagram.

Meuse wrote that she was “utterly shocked.”

“Your expertise and smile can be missed, and the world is certainly a darker and eerily quieter place with out you in it,” Meuse wrote. “If you undergo one thing like Idol collectively, it brings everybody concerned collectively like an enormous, bizarre, dysfunctional household. I’m grateful that our paths crossed and that I can say you had been (and at all times can be) part of mine.”

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