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Ruben-Studdard

February 19 @ 7:30 pm with Ruben Studdard

Ruben Studdard rose to fame as winner of the second season of American Idol and received a Grammy Award nomination in December 2003 for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance for “Superstar.” Partway through the American Idol competition guest judge Gladys Knight christened the 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 native of Birmingham, Alabama. In the years following Idol, Studdard has released five studio albums, including his platinum-selling debut,Soulful and the top-selling gospel follow-up, I Need an Angel. He is most well known for his recording career, which has produced hits including “Flying Without Wings,” “Sorry 2004″ and “Change Me,” but he has also segued into television and stage work. Most notably, he toured with Robin Givens in the comedy-drama Heaven I Need and in 2008 starred as Fats Waller in a national tour revival of Ain’t Misbehavin’, which spawned a Grammy-nominated soundtrack. – See more at: