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American Idol Finalist’s Solo Debut Hits TODAY with Top 20 AC Hit

NEWS SOURCE: The M Collective
May 7, 2008

Chris Sligh NASHVILLE, TN....5/7/08....As his debut project hits nationwide today and has already become the 2nd best selling download on iTunes® Christian and Gospel chart, American Idol Season 6 finalist Chris Sligh is wowing critics from coast to coast with “Running Back to You.” In addition to the album’s launch, Sligh’s first single, “Empty Me,” is already a top 20 R&R Christian AC hit and is swiftly climbing R&R’s CHR chart as well.

US Weekly Magazine caught up with Sligh this week (, as did where he, along with American Idol alums Mandisa and Phil Stacey share how they were able to live their faith behind the scenes of Idol (

Here’s just a glimpse of what the reviews are saying about Sligh and “Running Back to You” below (for more info on Sligh go to or

“…he sings with conviction, passion and emotion …. the power of his voice and his range may surprise you…Sligh’s voice and the album’s music can appeal to anyone...” Reviewer's Rating: 8.5 / Reader's Rating: 10.00 -

"This is a spectacular accomplishment for him and is definitely worth a listen all the way through... In fact, this could be noted as one of the best records of 2008.” -

“Just like his unique appearances on “Idol” and all the other projects, this collection of thirteen cuts once again showcases a bellowing rock vocalist with an underlying range of impressive tones and aggressive instrumentation.” * * * * stars - CMCentral

“Chris Sligh is a powerful, expressive, credible rock/pop singer and has crafted a well-rounded debut project.” - Soul-Audio

“…soaring Christian pop/rock of the same order as MercyMe and Casting Crowns, only with a rougher and more alternative mix, all highlighted by Sligh's powerhouse tenor—and the brother can hit those money notes like it's nobody's business. For proof, look no further than the octave-jumping "Arise," a terrific modern rocker where Sligh really lets loose vocally.” (Christianity Today)

“Soaring string runs, burbling synthesizer riffs, edgy guitars, and Sligh’s occasional flights into falsetto make Running the most musically ambitious of any post-Idol album.” *** stars (out of 4) -USA Today

“a sound that sits somewhere between Switchfoot and the Killers.” -Dallas Morning News

“The voice of Chris Sligh blew me away….. For his debut, Sligh rocks, praises and sings, giving it all he has, succeeding with each beat, each note, along the way.” --Hollywood




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