Bo Bice / American Idol Winner
Bo Bice has music in his blood. Born Harold Bice in Huntsville, Alabama on Nov. 1, 1975, Bo was raised in the south by his song-singing, instrument-playing, music-worshiping parents. “My father played guitar, banjo and mandolin. My mother and her three cousins were in a group called the Singing Jays, and my mom sang at the Grand Ole Opry. I guess that’s why I always took music for granted. I remember how weird it was the first time I realized not everybody could sing” Bo laughs.
Bo’s musically rich childhood prepared him well for his future. Bo has been on the music scene, writing songs, recording, producing and playing in bands since he was in high school. In the last year, every personal and professional dream he kept alive throughout the years has come true. He’s gone from guitar-store manager to American Idol, and he’s recently completed work on his first solo album.
The record, titled The Real Thing, will be released on December 13th. It includes several original songs on which Bo shares writing credit such as “It’s My Life”, which Bo wrote with Clif Magness, and Kara DioGuardi. The record, which is produced by Clive Davis, also features collaborations between Bo and eight different producers and songwriters including Chad Kroeger (of Nickelback), Max Martin , John Shanks, and Marti Frederickson.
“Nothing Without You”, which Jon Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora, and John Shanks wrote together, comes complete with soaring hooks and powerful vocals that reflect the arena-rocking backgrounds of its creators.
So what does the future hold for Bo Bice? Don’t be surprised if you see Bo guest starring on a TV show, every once in a while, if he can pry himself away from music for long enough.