American Idol (AI) is a popular television program which debuted on the FOX network on June 11, 2002, and has become one of the most successful shows on American television. American Idol’s purpose is to discover the best singer in the country through a series of nationwide auditions. AI has produced many of today’s top artists – many of them gospel artists.
Several American Idol contestants have gone on to sign recording contracts with gospel music record companies and to perform Christian music on national tours. AI alumni Phil Stacey, Mandisa and Chris Sligh even performed at the 2008 Dove Awards with Amy Grant and Michael W. Smith. Season 8 of American Idol has been particularly interesting because of the number of Christians performers competing on the show.
American Idol alumni who have recorded and/or performed gospel music during or following their days on American Idol include: Ruben Studdard, George Huff, Mandisa, Chris Sligh, Phil Stacey, Jennifer Hudson, Jordin Sparks, Melinda Doolittle, Carrie Underwood, Chris Daughtry, Stevie Scott, Nadia Turner, Danny Gokey, Kris Allen, Scott MacIntyre, Michael Sarver, Matt Giraud, Lil Rounds, and Felicia Barton.
These gospel artists from American Idol are starting to get some national recognition. The Gospel Music Channel is televising a program about Christians on American Idol which will air just before the Dove Awards on April 23. There is also a new lens on Squidoo with articles and links dedicated to Gospel Artists on American Idol.
To find out more about Christian artists who competed on AI, visit Gospel Artists on American Idol.