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American Idol Christians

The reality TV phenom "American Idol" shined the light on these great Christian singers. What strides did they make in 2004?
Clay AikenClay Aiken — Well, 2004 was a big year for the Raleigh, N.C. native., who penned his biography, "Learning How to Sing" and rocketed up the mainstream radio charts with his debut album, Measure of A Man. Though he hosted his own Christmas show in 2004 and his name is as well known as that of Britney Spears or Usher, the "American Idol 2" second runner up refuses to compromise his faith by using sex and profanity to sell albums.
George HuffGeorge Huff — This "American Idol 3" finalist was signed to Word Records in fall 2004. After releasing a Christmas EP in November, he began readying for his first, full-length album, as yet untitled, scheduled to be in stores in May.
Ruben StuddardRuben Studdard — Trying to lose weight off his 400-plus pound frame and non-stop TV appearances landed Studdard in the hospital in 2004 from exhaustion. But that didn't stop the 2003 "American Idol 2" winner from giving us a new album, I Need An Angel. This Birmingham, Ala. Christian man worked with gospel great Fred Hammond among others to create an album that features both gospel and R&B tunes.
Fantasia BarrinoFantasia Barrino — The 2004 "American Idol 3" winner has always been very vocal about her faith in Christ and her parents are Christian pastors. A native of High Point, N.C., Barrino' future is looking bright. She recorded her debut album, Free Yourself, on J-Records.
RJ HeltonRJ Helton — Signed to Christian label B-Rite Records, Helton, finalist in "American Idol 1" released his R&B flavored pop debut, Real Life, in the spring of 2004. This American Idol star chose a Christian label because he values his faith above fame.