Okay, I know I’m over 50 and am a little old to start joining fan clubs, and I’m far to serious, responsible, overworked and all that to spend my time watching American Idol. But, my family got me hooked at the end of last season, and while I had no intention of getting into the habit of watching anywhere near this much TV, here I am, to another show this evening. Of course, most of the time I just listen – there’s a TV that sits behind me in my “office” and most of the time I just listen while I work late… When I do sit down to just watch, it’s because it is a rare “family moment.” It’s one of the rare things we’ve found that we all enjoy.
Early on this season the whole family was captivated by this round-faced, curly-haired guy with an incredible sense of humor, and unlike most of the characters we saw, he actually could sing! Now that he’s in the top 20 (4 were bumped last week), he’s progressed from being “that curly-haired guy” to simply Chris Sligh.
Thanks to my son, Elliot, we learned a number of things about Chris:
- He’s a worship leader at his church
- He’s got a band
- He’s got a really good band called “Half Past Forever” with a CD coming out March 8
- He’s an incredible singer and songwriter
- He’s a rabid blogger, with too many sites to keep track of
- He’s a seriously deep thinker and very committed Christian
Now that Chris is on American Idol, he’s had to officially leave the band, even though he wrote and sang and played guitar on all of the songs on their CD, which can still be released because he’s no longer in the band. Go figure.
If you are interested, check out Half Past Forever’s MySpace page, which contains 4 of their songs. The first song that I heard was “In a Moment” and I was totally blown away. The song is, in my not-so-humble opinion, absolutely incredible. I think that it beats, hands down, any of the American Idol-produced songs from last year (as much as I like Chris Daughtry). This song is still my favorite, although I’ve liked everything I’ve heard. There are 4 additional songs available at MySpace.com/HalfPastForeverEdge.
Their sound is reminiscent (to me) of Switchfoot (with better vocals), Foo Fighters or Lifehouse, and the lyrics are equally as deep. I don’t think I’ve been looking forward to buying an album since George Harrison’s “All Things Must Pass.”
So, check them out. And, check out the serious side of Chris Sligh, here.
At this point, I’m not sure winning American Idol is the best thing for him, but it may be the best thing for the show.