Singer best known for defeating Clay Aiken to become the second season winner of American Idol.
He received a scholarship to play football at Alabama A&M. One of his first bands was the jazz group Just a Few Cats.
Since winning American Idol, he has released four successful studio albums.
He married Surata Zuri McCants on June 28, 2008. The couple divorced in 2012.
Lionel Richie complimented Studdard's talent when Richie was a guest judge for American Idol.