American Idol alum C.J. Harris, who placed sixth on the level to’s thirteenth season in 2014, has died. He modified into 31.
A spokesperson for the Walker County Coroner confirms to PEOPLE that Harris died on Sunday after he modified into rushed to the Walker Baptist Scientific Heart in Jasper, Alabama. CPR efforts had been unsuccessful.
TMZ modified into first to anecdote the data.
Jessica Meuse, who competed on season 13 of Idol alongside Harris, remembered the giant name in an Instagram tribute.
“Your abilities and smile will almost definitely be uncared for, and the realm is for sure a darker and eerily quieter field without you in it,” she wrote. “I will miss your random cellular phone calls asking for life advice and talking in regards to the song world… There are different issues I realize I will never realize — you leaving us so quickly is a form of issues.”
The musician first auditioned for American Idol on a Tuscaloosa bus tour, then sang sooner than judges Keith Metropolis, Jennifer Lopez and Harry Connick Jr. in Salt Lake Metropolis.
His seize on the Allman Brothers hit “Soulshine,” which he dedicated to his father, earned him three votes for Hollywood, and he later had memorable performances of hits luxuriate in “Can now not You See” by The Marshall Tucker Band and “If It Hadn’t Been for Relish” by The SteelDrivers.
After his time on the level to, Harris done with Darius Rucker at the Titanic Ole Opry, and launched the one “In Relish” in 2019. He steadily shared videos of him singing and taking part in guitar on TikTok and Instagram, and in October, wrote on Fb that he modified into working on new song in Muscle Shoals, Alabama.
The musician also talked about on Jan. 1 that he had “new song coming quickly.”
Harris — who modified into a father of two — counseled The Hollywood Reporter in 2014 that he first auditioned for Idol in 2010 but did now not create it previous the well-known spherical, and likewise unsuccessfully tried out for The X-Order and The State.
“I modified into continually on the gain, making an try to search out a atomize, making an try to search out which producers I’m in a position to also send my stuff to. I looked for American Idol and I saw they had been doing the bus tour and they also had been going to be Half-hour down the road from me,” he recalled. “I talked about, ‘You know what? I will give it yet one more chance. I’ve gotten so considerably greater, my order has matured and my taking part in has gotten so considerably greater.”
The musician also talked about that his love of song began as a baby, when his mother would narrate to him over the cellular phone while she modified into in detention heart.
“Tears would loyal waft out of my eyes,” he talked about. “After I modified into a miniature older, my granddad gave me a guitar. He had one within the shed and it had three strings on it. He talked about I did now not favor to aquire a complete new place of living of strings. So I would tune it in a reach that after I strummed it, it sounded luxuriate in or now not it’s in a key of whatever. I obtain assorted sounds. I loyal love song so I truly try and search out a sound that I luxuriate in and loyal play it. I know that’s extraordinary, but that is what I affect.”