Rock-influenced country singer Bucky Covington first rose to fame in 2006 as a contestant on the televised series American Idol. He grew up in Rockingham, N.C., with his twin brother, Rocky. Covington was bitten by the music bug after seeing blues guitarist Jeff Healey in the movie Road House, saying "I remember picturing myself on stage with a pair of sunglasses on, playing guitar and singing, and thinking, 'that would be cool.'"
Covington took up guitar not long after he graduated from high school, and before long he and his twin began playing local clubs, singing and playing guitar with a variety of rock and country bands. Covington auditioned and made the cut for Idol, becoming one of the 24 aspiring stars who flew to Los Angeles for the show. Covington rose to eighth place before he was voted off the show, but that was only the beginning.
After appearing on the 2006 American Idols Live tour, Covington scored a record deal and management contract. Covington released his self-titled debut album for Lyric Street/Hollywood Records in April 2007, which included the hit single "A Different World." Mark Miller, lead singer for the country band Sawyer Brown, is the producer.