In 2003, 58 million people tuned in to see Ruben Studdard—known affectionately as the Velvet Teddy Bear—crowned the Season 2 winner of American Idol. In the past 10 years, Ruben has released five solo albums, and his first album, Soulful, sold nearly 2 million copies.

Ruben says that although he has experienced lows as well as highs in the industry, he's still passionate about music. Find out what Ruben is listening to when he's back home in Birmingham, Alabama.

Ruben's Top 5

"Painted on Canvas" – Gregory Porter
"Moving Forward" – Israel Houghton
"Golden Time of Day" – Maze, featuring Frankie Beverly
"Trust Me" – The Soul Seekers
"Let Nas Down" – J. Cole

Have a Spotify account? Listen to Ruben's playlist here:


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