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Bucky Covington


by Emily Horton
NC Government & Heritage Library, 2012.

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Bucky CovingtonSinger Bucky Covington was born on November 8, 1977 in Rockingham, North Carolina to Gene Covington and Deborah Gates. Bucky Covington first gained notice in 2006 when he took the eighth spot on the television series American Idol.He has an identical twin brother, Robert David Covington. Covington went to Scotland High School in Laurinburg, North Carolina, and graduated in 1996.Prior to auditioning American Idol, Bucky painted automobiles at his family’s auto body shop, Covington’s Body Shop in Hamlet, NC. His musical interests vary from rock to country, and he was previously a member a local North Carolina band Swampdogs.

In 2007 Lyric Street Records released a self-titled album, Bucky Covington.The album was a success, with three chart-topping singles.Songs “A Different World” reached the number six spot on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart; “It’s Good to Be Us” reached the number eleven spot; and “I’ll Walk” reached the number ten spot.

After his successful performance on American Idol, Covington moved to Franklin, TN, near Nashville, where he continues to pursue a career in music.


Bucky Covington, Official Homepage.Last modified 2012. Accessed March 22, 2012.

Country Music Biographies, Bucky Covington. Last modified 2012. Accessed March 22, 2012.

Internet Movie Database, Bucky Covintong. Last modified 2012. Accessed March 22, 2012.

Image Credits:

Photo courtesy of Army Kaiserslautern, February 20, 2009. "2009 Bucky Covington USO Tour." Available from (accessed March 23, 2012).

Video courtesty of BuckyCovingtonVEVO. "Bucky Covington- Gotta Be Somebody." Posted 2009. Available from (accessed March 23, 2012).