Caleb Lee Hutchinson
|Born||March 2, 1999|
Dallas, Georgia, United States
Caleb Lee Hutchinson (born March 2, 1999) is an American singer-songwriter, and runner-up on the sixteenth season of American Idol.
Caleb Lee Hutchinson was born in Dallas, Georgia, to William and Piper Hutchinson. He has a brother Tyler. He started playing guitar when he was 12. He attended South Paulding High School, and graduated in 2017. In 2015, at age 16, Hutchinson appeared on The Voice on the contest's 9th season auditioning with "The Dance", but none of the presiding judges Adam Levine, Gwen Stefani, Pharrell Williams and Blake Shelton turned their chair, and Hutchinson was eliminated from the show.
In 2018, he auditioned to season 16 of American Idol with the song "If It Hadn't Been for Love" from The SteelDrivers. All three judges Lionel Richie, Katy Perry and Luke Bryan voted "yes" for him to continue. During the season, he sang "Die a Happy Man" (Top 24), "Midnight Train to Memphis" (Top 14), "You've Got a Friend in Me" (Top 10), "When Doves Cry and "Amazed" (Top 7), "So Small" and "Stars in Alabama" (Top 5) qualifying for the shows' finale. On May 20, 2018, he performed "Don't Close Your Eyes", "Folsom Prison Blues" and his single was "Johnny Cash Heart" finishing runner-up to winner Maddie Poppe.
During the season, he lost 70 lbs. since he first appeared on the show. During the final, Caleb declared that he and winner Maddie Poppe were dating.
|Episode||Theme||Song Choice||Original Artist||Order #||Result|
|Audition||Auditioner's Choice||If It Hadn't Been for Love||The Steeldrivers||N/A||Advanced|
|Top 24 Solo/Duet||Contestant's Choice||Die a Happy Man||Thomas Rhett||1||Advanced|
|Top 14||Contestant's Choice
|Midnight Train to Memphis||Chris Stapleton||1
|Top 10||Disney||You've Got a Friend in Me||Randy Newman and Lyle Lovett||8||Safe|
Year You Were Born
|When Doves Cry||Prince||14
|Top 5||Carrie Underwood
|So Small||Carrie Underwood||4
|Johnny Cash Heart||Caleb Lee Hutchinson||1
Hutchinson's song on American Idol, "Johnny Cash Heart", was released after his performance on the show. The song charted at No. 16 on the Country Digital Song Sales chart on its first week of release.
On 28 June 2019, Hutchinson released a self-titled EP, produced by Kristian Bush of Sugarland. Two songs from the EP, "Left of Me" and a cover of Post Malone's song "Better Now" were first released in January 2019.
|Caleb Lee Hutchinson||
|2018||"Johnny Cash Heart"||