Ruben Sings Luther


Ruben Sings Luther

Sun · November 3, 2019

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

$47 - $67

This event is all ages

Ruben Sings Luther
Ruben Sings Luther
Christopher Ruben Studdard (bornSeptember 12, 1978), is an AmericanR&B, pop, and gospel singer. Herose to fame as winner of the secondseason of American Idol, and receiveda Grammy Award® nomination inDecember 2003 for Best Male R&BVocal Performance for “Superstar.” Inthe years following Idol, Studdard hasreleased six studio albums, includinghis platinum-selling debut, Soulful, andthe top-selling gospel follow-up, I Needan Angel. He is most well-known for his recording career, which has produced hits including “Flying Without Wings,” “Sorry2004,” and “Change Me,” but he has also segued into television and stage work. Most notably, he toured with RobinGivens in the comedy-drama I Need a Hug and in 2008 starred as FatsWaller in a national tour revival of Ain’t Misbehavin, which spawned a Grammy®-nominated soundtrack. He is signed to Verve Records andreleased his last album, UnconditionalLove, on February 4, 2014. His most currentrelease Ruben Sings Luther (a tribute toLuther Vandross) will be released March16, 2018.
Studdard was born in Frankfurt,Germany, to American parents, while hisfather was stationed there with the U.S.Army, and grew up in Birmingham, AL.The youngest son of two teachers, at theage of three, he sang for the first timeat the Rising Star Baptist Church in hishometown of Birmingham. He continued singing gospel in church, performing solos as a child while his mother sang in the local choir. While at Huffman High School, he played football for which he received a scholarship to Alabama A&M University. While at Alabama A&M he joined the Omicron Delta chapter of PhiMu Alpha Sinfonia, the men’s music fraternity of America. After growing up listening to his mother’s Donny Hathaway albums, FredHammond, and gospel music, Studdard began to pursue a career in the music industry, majoring in voice studies at Alabama A&M. He sang with Just a FewCats, a popular local Birmingham jazz and R&B band founded by members of Ray Reach’s UAB Jazz Ensemble, along with other local musicians. Years later, Studdard stated: “A lot of people don’t realize how hard I was trying to get into the business before American Idol.I was making demos and just working so hard.” A back-up singer from Just aFew Cats asked him to accompany her to Nashville, Tennessee for an audition on the 2003 second season of American Idol. When auditioning, Studdard sangStevie Wonder’s “Ribbon in the Sky. ”This guided him to being one of the localfinalists. On American Idol, he impressed viewers with his performances of the Leon Russell/Bonnie Bramlett song “Superstar” (best known as a hit for The Carpenters)and the Peabo Bryson/Regina Belle duet “A Whole New World;” during his time on the show, Studdard received praise from music legends such as Lionel Richie, Neil Sedaka, Robin Gibb of the Bee Gees, Luther Vandross, and Gladys Knight. During the televised competition, Studdard gained the nickname “Velvet Teddy Bear” and was noted for his shirts printed with “205,” the telephone area code of his hometown of Birmingham.Studdard also did a cover version of “ForAll We Know,” originally recorded byDonny Hathaway, whose music he grew up with.
He won the contest over runner-up ClayAiken in the May 2003 finale becoming the second American Idol winner. Alabama Governor, Bob Riley declared March 11,2003 as “Ruben Studdard Day.”
Venue Information:
Infinity Hall Hartford
32 Front Street
Hartford, CT, 06103