Studdard to Take Temple Stage

By: Lindsey Brown
By: Lindsey Brown

Alabama native Ruben Studdard, former winner of Fox's American Idol, will be in Meridian Oct. 13, performing for a good cause.

Studdard and his band, Just a Few Cats, will perform at the Temple Theatre to raise money for the Shriners hospitals’ transportation fund.

Meridian native Allan Cole organized the event through J Records.

Cole said his friend Ruben wants to give back to the community while promoting his latest recording.

"Bring a little hope and happiness both, the entertainment side," said Cole. "And feel good. Then for those 500 patients that this organization takes care of and takes back and forth, hopefully we can continue to bring the happiness they need as well. That's really the bottom line. "

Hamasa Shriners in Meridian help over 500 children. Money raised from the event will help send children to hospitals across the country.

Joining Studdard will be Oprah's Pop Star Challenge finalist Lorenzo Owens.

Studdard became American Idol in 2003 during the second season of the show, knocking off Clay Aiken in the final.

His first album, Soulful, was released later that year. In February of 2004, Studdard was nominated for his first Grammy award, for best R&B male vocal performance.Click here to view this story

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