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Meet Cole Ritter of American Idol Season 20


Cole Ritter from American Idol Season 20

Cole Ritter from American Idol Season 20

Cole Wesley Ritter is among the artists to confirm they auditioned for Season 20 of American Idol.

American Idol returns to ABC on Sunday, Feb. 27. Here’s more about Cole.

* Cole fronts the Nashville-based Cole Ritter and the Night Owls, a alternative country band founded in 2019.

* The band released a pair of impressive singles in 2021 — “Hard Times” and “All the Stars Across the Sky.” Check out the latter below.

* And more music is clearly coming soon. The band has scheduled an album release show for March 9 at 3rd and Lindsley in Nashville.

* The band also includes Alex Barcic, Tom Davis, Christian Starrett and Matt Martirano. And they won the 2020 Belmont Country Showcase. Cole is a music business major at Belmont University.

* In a summer interview with the Sidney Daily News, Cole said winning the Belmont showcase “made me realize this really was what I wanted to do with the rest of my life.”

* Cole, 21, grew up in Gallatin, Tenn., spent a lot of time in Houston, Ohio, and had relatives who nurtured his love of music. His great-grandfather taught him to play guitar. His grandmother on his mother’s side taught him to read music at a young age. He began learning instruments when he was just 3.

* By age 13, he joined a Christian band. One of his bandmates was Emma Harvey. She’s featured on a cover of “You Are My Sunshine” that the band recorded in 2020.

* And at 14, Cole opened a show for country star Lee Greenwood in Hendersonville, Tenn.

Cole on social media:

Keep checking back …

I’ll be posting profiles of about 50 top contestants who auditioned for American Idol Season 20. Profiles of the singers listed below will be coming soon. More names might be added. The links take you to the profiles already published.

Allegra Miles
Ashley Blaire
Ava Maybee
Betty Maxwell
Cadence Baker
Carly Mickeal
Christian Guardino
Ciasia Nicole
Cole Wesley Ritter
Corey Curtis

Dakota Hayden
Danielle Finn
Douglas Mills, Jr.
Elli Rowe
Elliot Greer
Emyrson Flora
Fritz Hager
Hunter Girl
Jacob Moran
Jay Copeland
Joedi Silvers

Jordan Chase Torrez
Jourdan Blue
Katyrah Love
Kaylin Roberson
Kelsie Dolin
Kendra Checketts
Kenedi Anderson
Kevin Gullage
Kezia Istonia (a.k.a. Lady K.)
Kirk Richmond

Leah Marlene
Lexi Weege
Max Embers
Mike Parker
Nicolina Bozzo
Noah Thompson
Olivia Faye
Paige Fish
Ryan Argast
Ryleigh Madison

Sam Moss
Scarlet Ayliz
Sir Blayke
Tobias Hill
Tristen Gressett
Tyler Allen
Valerie Marie
Wennely Quezada
Yoli Mayor

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