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There must be something in the water!

Something’s in the water

There must be something in the waters of Alabama to create musical talent, especially if you take in to account that three of the last nine finalists on American Idol last year, Dexter Roberts, Jessica Meuse, and C. J. Harris, all live within 150 miles of each other in Alabama. That is unbelievable! I wonder what the statistics are of this or astro man guitar

In fact, nine of the twelve winners over the years have come from the Southern United States. An “analysis of the 131 contestants who have appeared in the finals of all seasons of the show up to the 2012 season found that 48% have some connection to the Southern United States.”

Alabama’s well-represented

However, Alabama has been well-represented by having three winners of the competition since American Idol started in 2002.

2nd season – Reuben Studdard from Birmingham, Alabama

4th season (2nd place to Carrie Underwood winner) – Bo Bice from Huntsville, Alabama

5th season – Taylor Hicks from Birmingham, Alabama

Alabama has always had quite a number of musicians who have captured the international spotlight and I won’t name them all again since you can see a list  I’m compiling in a recent blog.

I have a special feeling in my heart for musicians and there is a special reason.  Please pardon me a moment for being a proud mother, but you may notice the band Man or Astroman?  on the list from Encyclopedia of Alabama and in my blog  My son, Brian “Star Crunch” Causey, is a member of Man or Astroman?

The band has been popular since 1992,  and even recently had an official signature guitar created and named after them by Hallmark guitars. All three original band members, my son Brian Causey, Brian Teasley and Robert Del Bueno resided in and attended school around the Jefferson County, Alabama area and were students at Auburn University.  You can read more about them on Encyclopedia of Alabama.

Many people (smarter than me), have tried to determine the reason for the south’s success in music but I think there must be something in the water. (LOL). Wouldn’t it be great if C. J. Harris, Dexter Roberts, and Jessica Meuse were the final three in American Idol? Vote for your favorite Alabamian on American Idol this week and maybe it will happen.



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About Donna R Causey

Donna R. Causey, resident of Alabama, was a teacher in the public school system for twenty years. When she retired, Donna found time to focus on her lifetime passion for historical writing. She developed the websites www.alabamapioneers and All her books can be purchased at and Barnes & Noble. She has authored numerous genealogy books. RIBBON OF LOVE: A Novel Of Colonial America (TAPESTRY OF LOVE) is her first novel in the Tapestry of Love about her family where she uses actual characters, facts, dates and places to create a story about life as it might have happened in colonial Virginia. Faith and Courage: Tapestry of Love (Volume 2) is the second book and the third FreeHearts: A Novel of Colonial America (Book 3 in the Tapestry of Love Series) Discordance: The Cottinghams (Volume 1) is the continuation of the story. . For a complete list of books, visit Donna R Causey

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