Chris Sligh

Album Title: Running Back To You
Release Date: May 6, 2008
Genre: Pop
Now, I don’t actually watch American Idol. Sometimes when I flip through the channels, I’ll stop on it for five minutes, but never longer. Nothing against it, I just don’t watch it. I’m not even sure what season Chris Sligh was on, but I’ll tell you one thing: I do remember him. In the total forty minutes of American Idol I have ingested in my lifetime, Sligh sticks out. Why? Because he was the big-haired funny guy that everyone loved. That wasn’t enough to get him all the way to the top on American Idol (the press release tells me it was Season 6, for those wondering), but it was enough to shove him into the consciousness of even channel-surfers like this writer.

That’s all fine and dandy, but what about the music? In true American Idol alum style, Sligh’s Running Back To You is all about the vocals. With a voice edging on Josh Groban epicness, it’s not surprising to learn that Sligh once upon a time auditioned for Julliard and the Metropolitan Opera. While Groban thrives with the adult contemporary audiences, it appears that Sligh is reaching out to people his own age. With a clear Christian voice, Sligh has co-written a contemporary-minded album with an uplifting and positive energy made all the more powerful by his overwhelming vocals. If you want to find out what Running Back To You is all about, just check out the epitomizing track “Empty Me,” a power ballad about rejecting the spotlight and instead filling oneself with God. All that, and he’s a funny guy too.

Writer: Jaclyn Arndt

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