Who is C. J. Harris?
C. J. Harris known as Curtis ”CJ” Harris was a famous American professional singer and songwriter from Jasper, Alabama. In 2014, he completed in sixth place on the 13th season of American Idol. Harris’s first and only single, ”In Love” was launched in 2019. Prior to appearing on American Idol, Harris self-released the album Small Town Boy.
He died at the age of 31, on January 15, 2023, at a hospital in Jasper, Alabama from a suspected heart attack.
How old is C. J. Harris?
Curtis “CJ” Harris died at the age of 31, on January 15, 2023, of a suspected heart attack at a hospital in Jasper, Alabama. He was born on January 28, 1991, in Jasper, Alabama, U.S. Harris shared his birthday with celebrities including Nick Carter, Elijah Wood, Ariel Winter, Will Poulter, Rick Ross, Carlos Slim, Alan Alda, Andrea Berg, Nicolas Sarkozy, and many others.
C. J. Harris Family
Who are C. J. Harris’s parents?
Curtis “CJ” Harris was born in Jasper, Alabama to his parents, Stephanie Enis and her husband. His father is not known and not much is known about the family. Harris credits his grandfather as a mentor as he spent his summers working for him. His grandfather gifted him, his first which he learned to play on despite having three strings.
Does C. J. Harris have siblings?
Not much is known about his family and it is unclear if he is the only child in the family, as his siblings are not mentioned.
C. J. Harris Education
Harris was brought up in Jasper, where he attended high school and college. However, he had not shared any information about his educational background.
C. J. Harris Interests
Harris learned to play guitar at the age of 8, on a broken one gifted to him by his grandfather. He also played piano, and his singing was mostly self-taught. Harris’s earliest music influences consist of Keith Sweat, Usher, and Darius Rucker. Harris also cited The Allman Brothers Band, Ray LaMontagne, John Mayer, John Legend, and Keith Urban as some of his favorite music artists. He was in a church choir while growing up and his musical style was described as ”Earthy roots rock, with blues and country influences” by Al.com in 2014.
C. J. Harris Spouse
Harris had kept his dating and marital life very secretive and it is not known to who he was married or dating.
C. J. Harris Kids
Harris was not linked to any relationships or marriages but has one child. He has a son named Jordan Harris, who it is not known who his mother is.
C. J. Harris Height
Harris had a well-built, physically fit, and energetic body adding up to a height of 5 ft 3 in (1.60 m) and an undisclosed weight.
C. J. Harris Career
The first American Idol audition he attended was in 2010. Prior to placing on the 13th season of the series in 2014, Harris auditioned unsuccessfully for The X-Factor and The Voice. At the time of the audition, he worked at a barbecue restaurant and had already recorded an album called Small Town Boy as an independent musician. Harris’s father passed away briefly prior to him making it onto American Idol.
He attended the bus tour auditions for American Idol’s 13 season in Tuscaloosa. Harris auditioned before the judges in Salt Lake City. His audition performance of ”Soulshine” was well-praised. In the group rounds, he joined with the season’s final winner, Caleb Johnson for a performance of Alex Clare’s ”Too Close”. Prior to advancing to the semi-finals, he was among a few contestants paired together for an impromptu sing-off. Harris was then paired with Casey Thrasher, and the judges intended to only put one of them through to the following round. However, after singing ”Whipping Post” both contestants impressed the judges and they were put through.
In the semi-finals, he failed to earn enough votes to automatically advance into the finals. Harris was kept in the competition when the judges chose him as a Wild Card. Critics noted that he struggled with the pitch in some of his performances but he earned mostly positive attention for his participation in the series.
Harris reached the Top 10 together with Dexter Roberts, a friend he had already known for several years from the Alabama music scene. The pair auditioned together in Tuscaloosa. Harris borrowed Robert’s guitar for that audition, as his own had broken a string during the wait in line. Following completing in 6th and 7th place respectively, Harris and Roberts returned to the American Idol stage for the season 13 finale, where they performed together alongside Darius Rucker.
Briefly following his time on American Idol, he reunited with Darius Rucker for a performance at The Grand Ole Opry. They also participated in American Idol’s season 13 tour and performed at the 2014 Foothills Festival in his hometown of Jasper. Harris later moved to Nashville, where he became roommates for a time with his fellow season 13 finalists Alex Preston and Sam Woolf.
In a post-idol interview, he said that his preferred musical direction would be ”a mix of country, soul, blues, and Southern rock.” He then launched his debut single, ”In Love”, in 2019. At the time of his demise in 2023, he was planning to launch new music.
C. J. Harris Net Worth
American singer and songwriter Harris was active from 2019 to 2023. He had launched only one single in his career and had a net worth of $5 million as of his death in 2023.