Empty Me – Chris Sligh

May this be your prayer as you celebrate the Easter Season.

Charles Christopher Sligh (born July 20, 1978) is an American singer/songwriter who was a finalist on the sixth season of American Idol. He was eliminated from the competition on March 28, 2007 finishing in tenth place.

Chris Sligh is the son of Chuck  and Susan Sligh, Independent Fundamentalist Baptist missionaries to American military servicemen in Europe.   Chuck Sligh is an accomplished guitarist and passed his love of music to his three sons, of whom Chris is the eldest. Chris Sligh was born in Madison, Tennessee and moved to Durham, North Carolina with his family when he was three years old. Chris Sligh spent ten years with his family in Wiesbaden, Germany; despite this, he does not speak German. Although Sligh has been singing since high school, as Adam Fisher, the lead guitarist of Chris’ band noted, he “grew up listening only to classical music in a regimented upbringing.”

Sligh attended Bob Jones University for seven semesters but was expelled before graduation after he broke school rules by attending a 4Him concert.   Sligh said, ‘It was actually good, because I had been trying to figure out how to leave.   My parents had given me the option of going to two colleges, and I chose the less-crazy one, believe it or not….I don’t want to throw them underneath the bus.   I respect what they do–it’s just that their sect of Christianity is not really what I want to be associated with.'”

In April of 2008, Sligh co-wrote a song called “Here Comes Goodbye” with Clint Lagerberg (also the cowriter of Chris’ first single “Empty Me”). This song was released by the country music group Rascal Flatts as a single in January 2009.


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