Somewhere Over The Rainbow

Sam Harris, this guy had it all, voice, range and he came from that all too well-known town for producing amazing vocal talents… Sand Springs Oklahoma. Um, wait, where?

His appearance on the first season of Star Search (where he would win for male vocalist) led to him landing a contract with Motown Records. His first single, “Sugar Don’t Bite,” was a Top 40 hit, reaching #36 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in November 1984. Check that out below

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He is a multi-million selling recording artist with nine studio albums to his credit. He can also be heard on numerous concerts, guest artists, and cast recordings.

He has toured extensively in concert and has played to sold-out audiences at major venues including New York’s Carnegie Hall, Los Angeles’ Universal Amphitheater, and London’s West End. He has appeared with the Boston Pops Orchestra, at the White House, and has sung on a variety of television specials and live productions. On February 12, 2008, he released a new single entitled “War on War” that became an Internet phenomenon with music videos made by the general public. The song became a part of his album, Free, which was released that summer. The single “Change Is On The Way” was written to support the Obama campaign and was heard on numerous television shows and behind Internet videos around the time of the election.

In 2010, Sam wrote and released “My Reclamation,” which has become an anthem for marriage equality.

Harris was cited by Rolling Stone magazine as “One of the greatest 100 singers of all time.”

Before there was American Idol, The Voice and others, there were dozens of shows dating back to the 1950’s bringing a variety of unknown’s talents into our homes via the boob tube.

From 1983 to 1995, Ed McMahon would host href=””> Star Search which was the first one to really launch massive stardom. Who appeared on the show before they became famous? How about Dave Chappelle in 1993, Christina Aguilera at 8 years old, Justin Timberlake, Beyonce’ and Kelly Rowland in 1993 (known as Girls Time) and they lost! In 1989, the late Aaliyah appeared on the show at the young age of 10 years old. Britney Spears in 1992 at the age of 11 and lost. Comedy icon Brad Garrett, R& B sensation Shanie (I Love Your Smile), Alanis Morrissette, Carlos Mencia, Adam Sandler and more. For now, back to Sam Harris.

The first season of the show had many categories that would remain the same all the way to the final season. Those included:

Female singer
Male singer
Junior singer (Second half of the season)
Teen singer (First half of the season)
Group vocal
Junior dance (First half of the season)
Teen dance (Second half of the season)

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