Ruben Studdard

Ruben Studdard

Ruben Studdard

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Sorry 2004
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Superstar
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I Need An Angel
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Change Me
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What If

Albums

  • Ruben Sings Luther

    Mar 2018 • 10 songs

  • A Change Is Gonna Come

    Feb 2017 • 1 song

  • Unconditional Love

    Jan 2014 • 11 songs

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Ruben Studdard

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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 o...
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