George Huff (singer)

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George Huff
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Background information
Birth name George Clayton Huff Jr.
Born (1980-11-04) 4 November 1980 (age 36)
New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
Genres Gospel, R&B
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2004–present
Labels Word Entertainment (2004-2008)
Koch Records (2009-present)

George Clayton Huff, Jr. (born November 4, 1980 in New Orleans, Louisiana) is an American singer. He placed first among male contestants and overall fifth-place finalist on the third season of the reality/talent-search television series American Idol.


Huff is originally from New Orleans, Louisiana; he is currently a student at the University of Oklahoma. Huff auditioned for the third season of American Idol in Houston, Texas; he was a member of the fourth group of semifinalists. He was actually not among those originally chosen for the semifinal round, but was put through when contestant Donnie Williams was disqualified for a drunk driving arrest.

American Idol[edit]

Huff was not voted through to the final round from his group of semifinalists, but got another second chance when he was brought back for the wildcard round and put through as a finalist by contest judge Simon Cowell. During this period, New Orleans Fox Affiliate WVUE would hold specials including Huff's family cheering George on during the latest episodes.

On May 5, 2004, Huff was voted off in fifth place after two renditions of Fred Astaire's "Cheek to Cheek" and Louis Armstrong's "What a Wonderful World" during big band week.

American Idol performances[edit]

Week/Theme Date Sung Song Sung Artist Status
March 2, 2004 "Always and Forever" Heatwave Eliminated
Wild Card
March 9, 2004 "Lean on Me" Bill Withers Selected
Top 12
Soul week
March 16, 2004 "(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay" Otis Redding Safe
Top 11
Country week
March 23, 2004 "I Can Love You Like That" John Michael Montgomery Safe
Top 10
Motown week
March 30, 2004 "Ain't Too Proud to Beg" The Temptations Safe
Top 9
Elton John
April 6, 2004 "Take Me to the Pilot" Elton John Safe
Top 8
April 14, 2004 "Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now)"
- from "Against All Odds"
Phil Collins Safe
Top 7
Barry Manilow
April 20, 2004 "Tryin' to Get the Feeling Again" Barry Manilow Safe
Top 6
Gloria Estefan
April 27, 2004 "Live for Loving You" Gloria Estefan Bottom 2
Top 5
Big band week
May 4, 2004 "Cheek to Cheek"
"What a Wonderful World"
Fred Astaire
Louis Armstrong

After Idol[edit]

His album, Miracles, was released by Word Records, on October 11, 2005. The first single off that album was "Brighter Day". It sold 18,000 copies.

In 2005, his Louisiana home was affected by Hurricane Katrina. He left New Orleans and stayed at his brother's house in Dallas.[1] His recent performances have included an October 2006 concert at West Virginia University[2] and a December 2006 Christmas show in Salinas, California.[3] He also had a recent brief performance at New York's Dr. Susan S. Mckinney Secondary School For The Arts on November 10, 2008.

In 2007 Huff's song "Brighter Day" was briefly featured in Tyler Perry's movie "Why Did I Get Married?" starring Janet Jackson.

On April 7, 2009 George Huff will be releasing his self-titled sophomore effort. Songs include "I Belong To You(Yours)", "Victory", "Free", "Destiny" (featuring Coko of SWV and Tasha Collins from the first season of BET's Sunday Best) and the lead single "Don't Let Go".

On March 24, 2011, George Huff performed as a back-up singer to Jennifer Hudson during the 3rd week of finals on the 10th season of American Idol, where she performed her current album's lead single, "Where You At." Huff has been singing background vocals for many of Hudson's live performances since then.



Year Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales threshold)
2004 My Christmas EP!
  • Released: November 9, 2004
  • Label: n/a
- 8 43
  • US sales: 19,000[4]
2005 Miracles 30 8 21
  • US sales: 29,000[4]
2009 George Huff - - -
  • US sales: 4,000[5]
"—" denotes releases that did not chart


  • Go Tell It On The Mountain
  • Brighter Day
  • Miracles
  • You Know Me (Number 32 Hot Gospel Songs)
  • Don't Let Go


  1. ^ Walker, Dave. "Huff on Hope: Displaced by the storm, George Huff is still going strong." New Orleans Times-Picayune. 9 June 2006.
  2. ^ "American Idol Finalist Huff to perform at West Virginia University". US Fed News. 10 October 2006.
  3. ^ Mel, Claudia. "Idol active in Salinas." Monterey County Herald. 9 December 2006.
  4. ^ a b Idol Chatter 01-10-2008
  5. ^ Idol Chatter 01-15-2010 "The best-selling Idol albums from 2009"

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