12:27 PM PDT 8/2/2014 by Shirley Halperin, Fred Bronson, HollywoodReporter.com
The singer-songwriter’s albums include 2009’s “Hold Back My Heart.”
Michael Johns, a finalist onAmerican Idol season seven, died on Aug. 1, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed via multiple sources. The cause of death is believed to be a blood clot in his ankle
The singer competed on the Fox music show in 2008 and came in eighth place. He followed with a full-length album, 2009’s Hold Back My Heart, that included single “Heart on My Sleeve.”
Michael Johns was 29 when he auditioned for American Idol — the absolute upper limit of eligibility. For season seven, Johns auditioned for Idol in San Diego with a rendition of Otis Redding’s “I’ve Been Loving You Too Long.” Simon Cowell was the first judge to comment: “I thought that was a very good audition, Michael. You’re like a white soul singer.” During his time competing on Idol,Johns created a stir because he had been signed to a major label, Maverick, prior to auditioning.
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