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R. J. Helton

R. J. Helton

American Idol finalist
R. J. Helton
The basics

Quick Facts

Intro American Idol finalist
Is Singer Songwriter
From United States of America
Type Music
Gender male
Birth 17 May 1981, Pasadena, Harris County, Texas, USA
Age 40 years
Star sign Taurus
Genre:
Contemporary christian music
Instruments:
Voice
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The details (from wikipedia)

Biography

Richard Jason "R.J." Helton (born May 17, 1981; as Rolando Alberto de Jesus Rivas, Jr.) is an American Christian musician, who sings Christian pop music. He has released a studio album, Real Life, with GospoCentric Records. This album was his breakthrough release upon the Billboard magazine charts.

Early life and background

Helton was born in Pasadena, Texas, on May 17, 1981, as Rolando Alberto de Jesus Rivas, Jr., to a Nicaraguan father, while he was adopted shortly after his birth by a couple from Cumming, Georgia, naming him Richard Jason Helton, where he was raised until moving while in high school. He graduated from Tuscola High School, in Waynesville, North Carolina, where he was in the school choir. Helton stated singing in his church, when he was young.

American Idol

Performances

Week Theme Song Original artist Result
Semi-Final Group 3 Free Choice "I'll Be There" Jackson 5 Wild Card
Wild Card Free Choice "Lately" Stevie Wonder Advanced
Top 10 Motown "I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch)" The Four Tops Safe
Top 8 1960s "Under the Boardwalk" The Drifters Safe
Top 7 1970s "Superstition" Stevie Wonder Safe
Top 6 Big Band "I Won't Dance" Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers Bottom 2
Top 5 Burt Bacharach Love Songs "Arthur's Theme (Best That You Can Do)" Christopher Cross Eliminated

Music career

His music career began with his fifth-place finish on season one of American Idol. This exposure got him a record deal with GospoCentric Records, where they released, Real Life, on March 23, 2004. This album was his breakthrough release upon the Billboard magazine charts, while it placed on the Christian Albums and Heatseekers Albums charts, where it peaked at Nos. 14 and 19, correspondingly.

Personal life

He said on a radio show that he was gay, in 2006.

Discography

Title Album details Peak chart positions
USChr USHeat
Real Life
  • Released: March 23, 2004
  • Label: GospoCentric
  • CD, digital download
14 19
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https://archive.org/details/uncloudydaysgosp00carp
https://archive.org/details/uncloudydaysgosp00carp/page/188
http://ht.salemweb.net/ccm/ccmmagazine/pdf/200403.pdf
https://books.google.com/books?id=FhAEAAAAMBAJ&pg=PA47&lpg=PA47&dq=RJ+Helton+Real+Life+album+review&source=bl&ots=WzooeTy1ch&sig=kzySU5z4dTGeQFDXbDckHSeX-bo&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjy-dPTuefKAhWE4SYKHSrzCOwQ6AEIWTAJ#v=onepage&q=RJ%20Helton%20Real%20Life%20album%20review&f=false
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http://ht.salemweb.net/ccm/ccmmagazine/pdf/200404.pdf
https://web.archive.org/web/20090907035530/http://www.christianitytoday.com/music/reviews/2004/reallife.html
http://www.christianitytoday.com/music/reviews/2004/reallife.html
http://www.crossrhythms.co.uk/products/RJ_Helton/Real_Life/9923/
http://www.allmusic.com/album/real-life-mw0000327316/awards
http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,1548761,00.html
http://www.advocate.com/arts-entertainment/entertainment-news/2010/04/14/former-idol-rj-heltons-emotional-coming-out
http://www.allmusic.com/artist/rj-helton-mn0000389583
https://web.archive.org/web/20040729185921/http://www.rjhelton.com/
https://musicbrainz.org/artist/ff8b9a4e-9244-4414-84da-86be4268b003
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