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Bucky Covington

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Bucky Covington’s road to Nashville came down to convincing one person. He had impressed millions with his talent and charisma on “American Idol,” making it to the final eight, but it was something else that sold him to Sawyer Brown frontman and producer Mark Miller.

“There was a quality in his voice that was honest,” says Miller. “I believed him when he sang.”

Miller approached Covington, and their collaboration has led the North Carolina singer to a deal on Lyric Street Records and a debut single, “A Different World,” that is taking the Idol favorite to the country charts and airwaves.

It’s a chain of events that almost didn’t happen. Covington was a popular local club singer with a day job in his father’s auto body shop when he toyed with the idea of a 12-hour drive to an Idol tryout in Memphis. Hurricane Katrina canceled the event and Covington let it slide. Then his sister-in-law told him of a newly scheduled tryout in nearby Greensboro.

“I thought, ‘Now I have to do it,’” he says, “That’s just karma.”

Stardom was nothing more than an idle dream when Covington picked up the guitar at age 19. He played in southern rock bands and then in the highly popular country/Southern rock band Southern Thunder, becoming one of the area’s top draws. His increasing popularity and the continual urging of friends finally convinced him to take his shot at the big time.

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