William Joel Covington was born in Rockingham, North Carolina in 1997. Interestingly, he has an identical twin brother, Rocky, who is also a singer. William prefers to sing under the stage name Bucky, a nickname given to him by his grandfather Buck. Bucky learned to play guitar at age 18, eventually learning to play drums and bass as well. After graduating high school in 1996, Bucky honed his musical skills at bars and clubs across North Carolina while working a day job as a mechanic.Bucky rose to prominence in 2005 when he appeared on the popular Fox musical talent competition show American Idol. American Idol has jumpstarted the careers of a number of a number of country artists, including Carrie Underwood and Carmen Rasmusen. Though he only made it to eighth place on the show - losing the title to soulful crooner Taylor Hicks - Bucky's energetic performances of songs by Queen, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and Tim McGraw caught the attention of country music label Lyric Street Records, who signed him to a recording contract in late 2006. Lyric Street Records - home to successful country acts Rascal Flatts and SHeDAISY, among others - is owned by the Walt Disney Company, who successfully used their position as a media powerhouse to promote Bucky's first single "A Different World". "A Different World" went on to chart on the Billboard country and pop charts as well as the mainstream Hot 100 chart, establishing Bucky as a country artist with crossover appeal. Based on the success of his first single, Covington released his first album Bucky Covington in April 2007. A stellar success, his inaugural album has sold over 300,000 copies and charted at #4 on the mainstream Billboard 200 chart, a feat which hasn't happened since 1992. The album has since produced two more hit singles, "It's Good To Be Us" in late 2007 and "I'll Walk", a slow ballad which was chosen as his next single by his fans on a MySpace poll and released in early 2008. Bucky has a number of concert dates planned for 2008, including an appearance at the CMA and Country USA music festivals.
Bucky Covington's road to Nashville came down to convincing one person. He had impressed millions with his talent and charisma on "American Idol," making it to the final eight, but it was something else that sold him to Sawyer Brown frontman and producer Mark Miller.
"There was a quality in his voice that was honest," says Miller. "I believed him when he sang."
Miller approached Covington...
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William Joel "Bucky" Covington III (born November 8, 1977) is an American country music singer. He placed eighth on the 5th season of the Fox Network's talent competition series American Idol. In December 2006, he signed a recording contract with Lyric Street Records. His self-titled debut album, produced by Mark Miller of the band Sawyer Brown, was released on April 17, 2007. The album debuted at number one on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart, and produced three hit singles on the Hot Country Songs charts: "A Different World" at number six, "It's Good to Be Us" at number eleven, and "I'll Walk" at number ten. Three more singles: "I Want My Life Back," "Gotta Be Somebody" and "A Father's Love (The Only Way He Knew How)," were released for an unreleased second album, titled I'm Alright.