Ruben Studdard is an actor and a gospel singer who also sings pop and R&B songs. He was nowhere in the music industry till 2003, but in that year, he won the second season of American Idol, and it changed his life forever. It brought him into the mainstream, and in the same year has also was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance for his song titled; ‘Superstar.’ After winning the singing show, he released several albums, but some of his most popular releases are ‘I Need An Angel’ and ‘Soulful.’ He had an outstanding recording career in which is produced numerous blockbuster tracks such as ‘Sorry 2004’, ‘Change Me,’ ‘Flying Without Wings.’
In 2013, he returned to television when he took part in the fifteenth season of the weight-loss competition known as ‘The Biggest Loser.’ He was then signed up by ‘Verve Records and released his sixth album under a collaboration with David Foster. The album was high appreciated by people and was a massive hit.
Ruben was born on 12 September 1978 in Frankfurt, Germany. His parents are American, as his father was in the US army. He spent his childhood in Birmingham as his father was posted there. He sang for the first time in the Rising Star Baptist Church. He followed his passion for singing with gospel performances in the church. He studied in Huffman High School, where he also played football, and he was so good at it that he got a scholarship to Alabama A&M University from it.
He grew up in a musical environment, which induced him to pick music as a career. He majored in voice studies at Alabama A&M and started his career. He struggled a lot before winning the American Idol, but after the show, everything changed for him.
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Studdard started his music career with ‘Flying Without Wings’ as it was his debut single. It was ranked at a second position on the Billboard Hot 100 and gave a much-needed boost to his career. In the year 2003, more than one million pre-orders were placed for his upcoming album, Soulful. It was ranked first on the Billboard top 200 as soon as it was released. His album sold more than 400000 copies in its first week. In 2004, he released another album, I Need Angel, and it was a great success.
After getting a fantastic start in his career, Ruben never looked back and kept on releasing a fresh album every year, such as ‘The Return’ in 2006, ‘Love is’ in 2009, etc. He also appeared on some TV shows and competitions while he was already a celebrity.
Ruben started a foundation named; ‘Advancement of Children in the Music Arts’ to help children to build a career in music by including it in their Education. He married SurataZuriMcCants in 2008, but they both got separated in 2012.
Ruben Studdard is a successful singer, and if we talk about his net worth, it is estimated to be around $3 million.