Charles Christopher “Chris” Sligh (born July 20, 1978) is an American singer; songwriter and producer who was a finalist on the sixth season of American Idol, finishing in tenth place. He also starred in October Baby.
Sligh was born in Madison, Tennessee to Chuck and Susan Sligh, Baptist Missionaries to American military servicemen. The family moved to Durham, North Carolina when Sligh was three years old but soon moved to Wiesbaden, Germany; where Chuck ministered to American troops. Chuck Sligh is an accomplished guitarist and passed his love of music to his three sons, of whom Sligh is the eldest. Although Sligh has been singing since high school he grew up listening only to classical music in a regimented upbringing.
Sligh auditioned in Birmingham, Alabama singing “Kiss from a Rose” by Seal, after which Paula Abdul gave him a standing ovation and said, “I like you very much.” American Idol judges laughed at his ambition “to make David Hasselhoff cry,” a reference to Hasselhoff’s crying when Taylor Hicks won season 5.