Bo Bice is an American musician with a blues-influenced Southern rock sound, best known as the runner-up of the fourth season of American Idol.
Bice was born and raised in Helena, Alabama, to a family of gospel singers. Moving to London with his family as a teenager, Bice began to play guitar and play football, though his main love was always music. While in London, he formed his first band, Spinning Jenny, with which he played many gigs and released an unofficial EP in 1993. Bice dropped out of high school in the fall of 1993, moved back to Alabama, earned his GED, and began taking classes at the community college.
After leaving Calhoun Community College, Bice became a professional musician, playing shows across the U.S., and even in the U.K, Ireland, and other parts of Europe. He opened for Blackfoot and Warrent, as well as perfomed live and recorded with Johnny Neel of the Allman Brothers Band. During this time, Bice also recorded the albums Ex Gratia (1999), and Recipe for Flavor (2000).
Bice entered the fourth season of Fox’s long-running show American Idol in 2005, as one of the oldest contestants to participate in the show. After competing against fellow rocker Constantine Maroulis, Bice made it to the final round of the show, where he ended up losing to country singer Carrie Underwood.
Following the show, Bice signed with RCA Records and released his first single, “Inside Your Heaven,” which debuted at number two on the Billboard Hot 100 and became certified gold in late 2005. Bice’s debut album, Real Thing, produced by Clive Davis and featuring contributions from Chad Kroeger of Nickelback and Richie Sambora, was released in December 2005, went certified gold. Moving on from RCA, Bice created his own label, Sugar Money Records, through which he released See the Light (2007), and Different Shades of Blue (2010). Bice currently performs shows regularly, and can be booked for private parties and corporate entertainment events.