Bo Bice was born Harold Elwin Bice, Jr. on November 1, 1975 in Huntsville, Alabama.
Bo Bice's childhood nickname was "Bogart" which was eventually shortened to "Bo." Bice performed after high school as a solo singer and a member of the rock bands Purge, Blue Suede Nickel, and Sugar Money, his current band. He opened concerts for major rock bands including Blackfoot and Warrant. Bo Bice's career took a significant turn when he auditioned for the fourth season of American Idol broadcast in 2005.
Quote from Bo Bice:
"That's not a little thing for a nine-year-old." - Bo Bice describing his reaction to receiving his first real guitar as a present for his ninth birthday.
For much of the fourth season of American Idol, Bo Bice was discussed along with Constantine Maroulis, another rock singer among the finalists. When Maroulis was voted out, Bo Bice remained as the only rocker in the competition. He survived all of the cuts until only Bice and Carrie Underwood were left. Underwood won, but Bo Bice was a very popular runner-up.
Trivia Fact About Bo Bice:
Bo Bice has degrees in massage therapy and music production from the University of North Alabama.
First Single and Album:
Following the American Idol competition, Bo Bice released his first single, "Inside Your Heaven" coupled with a version of the Ides of March rock classic "Vehicle." It sold thousands of copies and debuted at #2 on the pop singles chart but disappeared quickly with little support from radio.
On June 15, 2005, Bo Bice married his long-term girlfriend Caroline Fisher. She gave birth to their first child, a son named Aidan Michael Bice, on September 24, 2005. Bice spent much of the summer of 2005 on tour with fellow American Idol finalists. He broke a foot on July 31, 2005 but decided to continue with the tour. He was forced to take a break from the tour in August when he was taken to the hospital for emergency surgery due to an intestinal blockage. Bo Bice finally returned to the tour for the final two concerts on September 10 and 11, 2005.
The first album, The Real Thing, was released in December, 2005. It included collaborations with Nickelback's Chad Kroeger and Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora.