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Ruben Studdard

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Christopher Ruben Studdard (born September 12, 1978), best known as Ruben Studdard, is an American pop, R&B, and gospel singer. He rose to fame as winner of the second season of American Idol, beating out Clay Aiken. Studdard received a Grammy Award nomination in December 2003 for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance for “Superstar.”

In the years following Idol, Studdard has released four studio albums, including his most recent disc, 2009’s Love Is.

Partway through the second American Idol competition in early 2003, guest judge Gladys Knight christened corpulent crooner Ruben Studdard a “velvet teddy bear,” a nod to his smooth, Luther Vandross-styled voice and his Barry White-sized girth. The nickname stuck, since it captured the persona of the 25-year-old native of Birmingham, Alabama, who had unexpectedly become the front-runner in the televised talent show. Surrounded by skinny kids emulating Kelly Clarkson and Justin Guarini, the two singers who had dominated the previous American Idol season in 2002, Studdard stood out with his massive frame, winning smile, mellow voice, and trademark jerseys bearing the number 205, the area code of his hometown.

That hometown looms large in Ruben’s background. The son of two teachers, Studdard was born in Birmingham on July 14, 1978. He sang at his parents’ Baptist church as a child, but it wasn’t until college that he seriously pursued music.

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  • SimonePerrota

    Letters From Birmingham deserved better success...

    21 Sep 2013 Reply
  • Stacy84

    Amazing singer [2] One of the best singers to come out of Idol. Sad he is so underrrated. Got a fan here.

    16 Sep 2013 Reply
  • tqcplaya20

    Amazing singer

    13 Mar 2013 Reply
  • Echos_Myron

    He deserved to beat Clay.

    31 Dec 2012 Reply
  • CRiiSs7

    Rock Wit'cha (Feat. K. Michelle) <3

    23 Jul 2012 Reply
  • nettie1964

    excellent voice

    28 Jul 2011 Reply
  • naynay1129

    i love make ya feel beautiful

    20 Apr 2011 Reply
  • fabianosst

    This guy is amazing!!!

    23 Jan 2011 Reply
  • Kosharrie

    Thats why I love him like I dooo.

    16 Jan 2011 Reply
  • blowersdaughter

    Check out Kimberly Caldwell's music video for her new single Mess of You here! Her album Without Regret hits stores on April 6th! http://new.music.yahoo.com/videos/kimberly-caldwell/mess-of-you--218644792 - LL

    4 Mar 2010 Reply
  • ExhaltedOne

    Don't Make Em Like U No More is HOTT!!!

    21 Feb 2010 Reply
  • greatmind

    what you love is as important as life

    19 Aug 2009 Reply
  • sanabruja

    his voice is so soothing.. too bad you can't play Sorry 2004, i love that song!

    26 Jul 2009 Reply
  • LeftyNYC

    OMG Together!!!!!!!

    2 Jun 2009 Reply
  • marlonsnoop

    New álbum is amazing!!!!

    17 May 2009 Reply
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    23 Jan 2009 Reply
  • BackNDaDay90

    Damn! He should definitely have more plays. His last album is one of my favorites.

    30 Sep 2008 Reply
  • maxwellveli

    NEW MAXWELL SONG! Finally! True Maxwell fans I heard a demo of a new Maxwell song. I heard from a inside source at the label that he is working with some producer named Fanatic who has produced Beyonce, Michael Jackson, Anthony Hamilton, Raheem DeVaughn. The song is on his youtube page. go to www.youtube.com/alphabigmama The song is called "Test Drive".

    12 Jul 2008 Reply
  • OP409

    celebrate me home is good

    22 May 2008 Reply
  • sourpatchkid680

    i really wish i could say sorry to the year 2004.

    8 May 2008 Reply
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