Charles Grigsby

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Charles William Grigsby, Jr. (born September 15, 1978, in Oberlin, Ohio) is an American singer and contestant on the second season of American Idol.

Early life[edit]

The youngest of six siblings, Grigsby was born in Oberlin, Ohio.

In high school, he joined the school choir. After high school, Grigsby moved to Detroit, Michigan and enrolled in school to study computer-aided design.

American Idol[edit]

Grigsby auditioned for the second season of American Idol where he sang "Overjoyed" by Stevie Wonder in the first semi-final group and was one of two contestants from the round to automatically advanced to the semi-finals.

In the finals he sang "How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved by You)" by Marvin Gaye and advanced to the top eleven, where he was eliminated after singing "You Can't Win" from The Wiz.


On July 21, 2005, Grigsby released, Charles Grigsby, an EP self-titled consisting of six tracks. In 2008 he joined The Croonerz that performed in local venues across northeast Ohio.[1] In September 2010, he then became the lead vocalist in Centric in the Hard Rock Cafe in Pattaya, Thailand.[2]

On September 1, 2011, he released a music download single, "Headliner," from his upcoming new album and performed the song on WJW Fox 8 Cleveland News.[3] A benefit concert featuring Grigsby was held at The First Church in Oberlin on September 11, 2011.[4]


Album information
Charles Grigsby (EP)
  • Released: July 21, 2005
  • Track listing:
  1. "Baby, I Love Your Way"
  2. "5 W's"
  3. "Those Loving Eyes"
  4. "Tell Me"
  5. "That Coulda Been Me"
  6. "After Party"
Single information
  • Released: September 1, 2011

External links[edit]


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  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-10-07. Retrieved 2011-08-30. 
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-09-08. Retrieved 2011-08-30.