C.J. Harris Obituary, Death – CJ Harris, who was a contestant on the thirteenth season of American Idol in 2014, passed away in a manner that was both sudden and unexpected. He was 31. Heart failure was cited by his family as the reason for his passing, which took place late on a Sunday night in Jasper, Alabama, his hometown. He was reportedly surrounded by his loved ones at the time of his passing. Because of the viewers’ appreciation for his fresh approach to the country music genre, CJ was able to make it all the way to the top 6 of his season and quickly became a fan favorite. When asked about it at the time, he provided the following response to The Hollywood Reporter:
C.J. Harris proclaimed, “I’ve been so different from a lot of the other people who are competing in this,” and he intended for it to be taken seriously. “A man of African descent performing country music? What exactly does that mean?” I would really appreciate it if you could just give me the chance to do that because that is precisely what it is that I want to do. An article that was recently published in Entertainment Weekly claims that “The singer gave their first audition for the singing competition American Idol. They also participated in auditions for The X-Factor on Fox and The Voice on NBC, but they were not successful.” Harris was unfazed and decided to give his second audition for American Idol.
This time, he covered “Soul Shine” by The Allman Brothers, and it was this performance that won over the panel of judges. After finishing in sixth place on American Idol, Harris went on to perform on the live tour of the show alongside the other contestants. At one point, he even performed at the Grand Ole Opry alongside Darius Rucker, a musician who was considered to be one of his most important musical influences. It was his first effort as a solo artist, and the title of the album was “In Love.”
On a regular basis, he updated his various social media accounts with new pictures of his two children. R.I.P.