Scott Thomas Savol was born on April 30, 1976 in Cleveland, Ohio. He pursued his education in Shaker Heights, Ohio and has been singing since he was 5 years old. Before joining season 3 of American Idol, he never had any formal training in singing, but had been active in his high school choir.
Scott Savol has come a long way since his humble beginnings as a corrections officer in Shaker Heights, Ohio. Born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, Scott was a strong performer even as a child. He learned to sing at a young age as an active member of his school choir, and extended his musical education by mastering the trumpet and piano. Prior to American Idol, Scott’s relatively little experience in live performance encompassed festivals, church shows and school functions, a true testament to his raw talent given how far he came in the competition. Though he never sought out fame, his stint on American Idol gave him a worldwide platform, instant fans and a spotlight that hasn’t stopped shining since. Despite having no formal experience in vocal training, Scott outlasted several accomplished performers to come top 5 in the fourth season of American Idol. His memorable performances of such songs as “Against All Odds”, “The Impossible Dream”, “She’s Gone” and “Dance With My Father” won him acclaim from both the general audience and judges alike.
Though his validity in the competition was questioned several times, Scott rose above the criticism by endearing himself to fans with his down-to-earth, soft-spoken and deeply spiritual attitude. Simon Cowell recognised this early on, calling him the ‘Everyman’ and the ‘Ordinary guy’, whose charming manner, though distinctly lacking ‘showbiz’ appeal, made a strong and last impression on the viewing audience. Scott stayed in the finals for a whopping 8 weeks, bowing out in 5th place. Scott built on this initial success by touring nationally with fellow contestants during the 44-city sold-out Summer American Idol arena tour. He was also featured on the top 12 Idol Showstoppers album with “Against All Odds”, which certified gold. After Idol, Scott took part in ‘Oz, the Musical’, a retelling of the Wizard of Oz at the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center with his role as the Cowardly Lion. He starred in yet another stage show in early 2010 in Garret Davis’ play ‘The Lord Will Make a Way’ as Billy. Scott continued his musical dream as one of the headliners of “America’s Favourite Finalists”, a live show at the Grand Palace in Branson, MO. He shared the stage with six other Idol finalists in performing their own music, cover songs and group numbers.
In February 2008, Scott released his first post- Idol single “Don’t Rush” which was produced by Washington DC-based production team, The BeatMoguls. Signing with Mahoning Valley Records in 2010, he began recording his debut album; the first single “Beauty Queen” was released in the summer of 2010. With his warm and humble attitude and a sense of humour that endears him to all, Scott continues to create music influenced by his gospel, pop, R&B and soul interests which remain unadulterated by mainstream trends. From the beginning of his career, Scott admitted that his desire to succeed was spurred on by his father who insisted he was never going to be anything; well, it’s clear that Scott has proven his father wrong, time and again, with his sudden yet deserved climb to musical success, as a self-described regular working class guy with a gifted voice.
Scott Savol is signed with Mahoning Valley Records and his music is distributed digitally to the world by Blue Pie Records. For more information on Scott you check out the following websites.
Blue Pie Records USA LLC
Unit 6 No 9 Clarence Street
Moss Vale, NSW 2577
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