Even though American Idol season six finalist, Chris Sligh was dismissed with a curt ‘Bye, bye, Curly!’ by Simon Cowell when he was voted out of the show, he has managed to finally turn the tables around.
Sligh moved to Nashville in 2007, after the Idol journey ended. He penned a tune with friend Clint Lagerberg for Rascal Flatts’s called “Here Comes Goodbye.” The song is the first single from the group’s new album and just topped the country charts last week.
“I don’t think I realize yet how big this is,” Sligh says of writing a hit for the country supergroup. “I have people telling me how much money I’m gonna make and how it’s going to open up career possibilities, but I’m just sitting here trying to figure out what all this means.”
Sligh was raised in a strict fundamentalist Baptist home and he wasn’t allowed to listen to pop music or “anything with a rock beat.” He has now gone on to become a huge success as a contemporary Christian artist. Last year, his debut album, Run to You, earned critical kudos and made it into the top 10 on the Christian music charts. This week he has been nominated for a Gospel Music Association Dove Award for New Artist of the Year.
Sligh had good-naturedly claimed as an Idol contestant that he was “bringing chubby back,” jokes, “Let’s be honest, I don’t look like a rock star and I don’t act like a rock star. My shtick is not the rock star thing so songwriting is definitely where my skills will end up.”