When you heard Shannon O’Hara sing Adele’s “When We Were Young,” while playing piano, on “American Idol” Sunday night, you just knew the judges were going to give her a Golden Ticket, right? This Mooresville, NC, singer knew it, too.
How did Johnny White, once a painfully shy boy, grow into a young man who has suddenly become (thanks to news spreading about his “American Idol” audition, which ABC will air Sunday night) a celebrity in Hickory, NC? It wasn’t easy. At all.
Ever since ABC revealed that his “American Idol” audition would be featured on the show this season, 19-year-old Johnny White has been getting the celebrity treatment from the denizens Hickory, a small, blue-collar city an hour northwest of Charlotte.
Considering what 19-year-old "American Idol" contestant Johnny White of Hickory witnessed around him as a child – homelessness, sadness, addiction, violence – it’s fair to say he’s extremely lucky just to be getting a shot at it.
At this rate, we may be blessed with the gift of seeing legendary crooner Tony Bennett perform under the bright lights at Ovens Auditorium – like he did on Thursday night – two or three more times before he soft-shoe-dance-steps off into the sunset.
This week, two years of her last chemo treatment, Alexandra Marshall will compete in her fourth and final NCAA Division II swimming championships. But in a way, by beating cancer, the Queens University of Charlotte student-athlete has already won.
It wasn’t the jacket that helped Jaron Strom earn a bid from Blake Shelton on “The Voice.” It was the song – “This Magic Moment,” by Ben E. King and The Drifters – and the marvelous way Strom sang it. However: We still need to talk about that jacket.
Jonathan Abrams, a Charlotte-based writer who covers the NBA for Bleacher Report, wrote an oral history of HBO’s legendary TV series “The Wire” that’s now a New York Times bestseller. Here’s how that book – “All the Pieces Matter” – came together.
As each of six surviving members of evangelist Billy Graham’s family shared personal reflections Friday, in a cavernous tent on the Billy Graham Library grounds, you could see flashes of the man they and 2,000-plus guests were there to celebrate.
You can see John Oates will do his Americana thing at Charlotte’s Neighborhood Theatre on Friday. Or, if you’re partial to ’70s and ’80s pop-rock, Hall & Oates will be at uptown’s cavernous Spectrum Center on June 18 with Train.
Fortune Feimster never set out from Belmont to become a star. But her college graduation speech sparked a series of fortunate events that led her to Hollywood, where today she is an NBC sitcom star and one of America’s foremost LGBT comics.
Sara White, widow of NFL great Reggie White, with daughter Jecolia White and son Jeremy White, talk about the upcoming online auction sale of the family's Cornelius home built by Reggie White. $50,000 of the proceeds will be donated to the Reggie White Dream Sleep educational fund via the non-profit Urban Hope. Sara White is the widow of NFL Hall of Famer Reggie White, who died in Cornelius in 2004 at the age of 43. Sleep apnea was a contributing factor in his death, and for years, Sara has worked hard to raise awareness of the disorder.
In life, Reggie White was one of the NFL’s best, while in death, he’s become a symbol for sleep apnea awareness. Next month, his family is auctioning off the dream house he built for them near Charlotte, while honoring this unexpected legacy.
Though it doesn’t open until Friday, “Black Panther” – latest in the Disney-Marvel comic-book movie franchise – is an epic pop-cultural phenomenon, largely due to its appeal to African-American audiences. In Charlotte, that means some free tickets for kids, Wakandan brunch and more.