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Idol's C.J. Harris Discusses Facing Adversity as a Black Country Artist

C.J. Harris has come a long way from playing bars in Jasper, Alabama to making it to the Top 6 on Season 13 of American Idol — and his journey wasn't without a few bumps along the way. Harris weathered some pretty harsh criticism on the show about his singing style, but that was nothing compared to some of the prejudice he faced back home when he was first starting out as a musician.

"I would go in some bars and people didn't want to see [me]," Harris told TVGuide.com this week. "It didn't matter how good I was. They didn't want to hear it. I've had people walk out on me. I've booked shows back at home, and I'd come and play the show, and the owner would come up to me and say, 'Hey, people just aren't enjoying your music tonight. We want you to cut it short.' It was obviously because of one reason. I've dealt with that."

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Year Title Description
2010 AXS TV Concerts: Hootie and the Blowfish Live in Charleston Episode, Performer
2007 Kennedy Center Honors TV Show Series, Performer
2003 The Tonight Show With Jay Leno: Episode
Season 11, Episode 104
Episode, Performer
2003 Farm Aid 2003 TV Show Series, Performer
2001 The Rosie O'Donnell Show: Episode Episode, Performer

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