A native of Cumming’s GA, RJ Helton was thrust into the TV and music stardom via the breakout hit TV series American Idol, where he quickly rose to fame with his captivating performance as a Top 5 Finalist in the first season (Season #1 5th runner up to Kelly Clarkson). RJ was one of the featured performers on the American Idol cast album which went Gold and reached #1 status on the Billboard charts. He also participated in the national radio and media promotional tour which became a nationwide phenomenon.
With a passion for positive, uplifting music and finding comfort in faith, RJ found a natural home at B-Rite Music/Zomba Records, the pop music imprint of the music industry powerhouse Gospo Centric Records by Tommy Sims. RJ released his debut album Christian-oriented REAL LIFE which made the Bill- board Christian Top 20 and was nominated for a prestigious Dove Award. During that time, the Latin crooner was managed by Matthew Knowles, father of pop diva Beyonce.
- Good Moring America
- The Today Show
- Tonight Show with Jay Leno
- MTV&rtsquo;s TRL
- Real Life, Sony BMG- Zomba
- Men of Gospel
- Gotta have Gospel
- American Idol Greatest Hits
The silky-voiced tenor has appeared on numerous tele- vision talk shows including MTV’s Total Request Live, The Today Show, Good Morning America, and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno just to name a few.
In 2005, RJ moved to Louisiana where he and his family was heavily effected by Hurrican Katrina. He focused the following 18 months helping his family and friends recover from a disaster that took everything from him.This experience led him to spend most of the past two years working with non-profits, using his voice to raise money for many exceptional causes.
Having co-written much of his own material on REAL LIFE, RJ is currently back in the studio working on his sophomore album with producers from Atlanta, Houston, New York and other major cities. With renewed faith and passion for music, RJ intends to break all boundaries and showcase his music as it has never been heard before.
"Arthur's Theme" on American Idol
"All we need to know"
"I Am Born Again" Duet with Vonzell Solomon on American Idol
Listen: "Blessing" | "Who I Am" | "When I Am with You" | "Even IF" - by RJ Helton