Harold Elwin “Bo” Bice, Jr. (born November 1, 1975) is an American singer and musician who was the runner up against Carrie Underwood in the fourth season of American Idol. Prior to auditioning for American Idol, Bice released a solo album as well as a few albums with his bands while performing in the night club circuit.
Bice was born in Huntsville, Alabama to Nancy and Harold Elwin Bice. His mother was a gospel singer as were his grandmother, great-grandmother, and aunts. Bice was nicknamed “Bogart” as a newborn by his grandmother, “Granny Madge”, because she thought he had “Humphrey Bogart eyes”. His family continued to call him Bogart, but when Bice was in kindergarten he shortened it to “Bo” because he did not think Bogart was cool.
Post-Idol, marriage and fatherhood: 2005
Signed to RCA Records, Bice’s first single, released June 21, 2005, was his version of “Inside Your Heaven”. The single debuted at number two on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart and number one on the Billboard Hot Single Sales chart.
The Real Thing and recurring medical problems: 2005-2006
Bice’s solo debut album, The Real Thing, was released on December 13, 2005. It opened at number four. The Real Thing has the seventh-highest opening for a debut album by an American Idol finalist. Bice’s band at the time appears with him on three tracks on The Real Thing’s DualDisc version.