North Greenville Univ. alum appears on ‘American Idol’

TIGERVILLE, S.C. (BP)--Chris Sligh, a former student at North Greenville University in Tigerville, S.C., made it to the next round of “American Idol” auditions in Hollywood after passing the first round Jan. 30.

Sligh, 28, is a songwriter and lead singer for the Greenville-based band Half Past Forever, according to a university news release.

During his first audition for the Fox reality show in Birmingham, Ala., Sligh sang Seal’s “Kiss from a Rose.” He received affirmation from all three American Idol judges after his performance and was given the nod for the show’s upcoming sessions in Hollywood.

“Chris was an incredible voice student, but I can’t take credit for his contemporary style,” Cheryl Greene, Sligh’s voice professor at North Greenville, said. “It will be exciting to see what happens.”

Sligh sang several times at special occasions on the university campus while he was a music student at North Greenville, including leading worship in chapel and performing in ensembles and choirs.

Numerous websites have begun backing Sligh and voicing their hope for him to win the sixth season the popular show, according to the university news release.

North Greenville University is affiliated with the South Carolina Baptist Convention.

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