Michael Johns

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Michael Johns (born 20 October 1978 as Michael John Lee) is an Australian singer-songwriter who finished in eighth place on the seventh season of a United States television series, American Idol, in 2008.


Early life

Johns was born Michael John Lee in Perth, Western Australia. He attended Newman College. As a teenager, Michael John Lee appeared as The Coachman in Pinocchio at the Regal Theatre and was a choir singer in Anything Goes at His Majesty's Theatre.

He moved to the United States in 1998 on a tennis scholarship and majored in drama at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in Tifton before dropping out after two quarters. He then lived in Atlanta, Georgia for six years, performing at local venues. He also played Australian rules football for the USAFL club Atlanta Kookaburras. He currently resides in Los Angeles, California with his Texan wife, Stacey Vuduris, who is an interior designer.


After traveling to Los Angeles to showcase for a number of labels in 2001, he formed a rock band called The Rising, where he met his longtime girlfriend Jill Stephens, and performed on several television shows. and at the opening of a Los Angeles Apple Store in 2003. The Rising produced an iTunes album Future Unknown. Although a number of the tracks received some airplay on radio in 2003, the album was not released on iTunes until he was on American Idol.

American Idol


He auditioned for American Idol Season 7 at San Diego's Qualcomm Stadium in July 2007. At 28 years old, it was his first audition and last year of eligibility. He claimed to be an avid American Idol fan (having watched this show since the beginning) and was one of the first non-US citizens to make the Top 12. He finished eighth place in the Season 7 competition.


Week # Theme Song choice Original artist Order # Result
Top 24 (12 Men) 1960s "Light My Fire" The Doors 12 Safe
Top 20 (10 Men) 1970s "Go Your Own Way" Fleetwood Mac 1 Safe
Top 16 (8 Men) 1980s "Don't You (Forget About Me)" Simple Minds 5 Safe
Top 12 Lennon"McCartney "Across the Universe" The Beatles 10 Safe
Top 11 The Beatles "A Day in the Life" The Beatles 4 Safe
Top 10 Year They Were Born "We Will Rock You"/"We Are the Champions" Queen 6 Safe
Top 9 Dolly Parton "It's All Wrong But It's All Right" Dolly Parton 9 Safe
Top 8 Inspirational Music "Dream On" Aerosmith 1 Eliminated


Following the show, he performed on the American Idols LIVE! Tour 2008 which toured 53 cities from 1 July 2008 to 13 September 2008.

Shaun White's documentary DVD Don't Look Down features Johns singing all but one track, along with Rye Randa and Jeff Foxworth. Released on 1 January 2009 by Three Rings Project it consists of 17 songs, 10 of which are vocal.

He released a song, "Another Christmas," on 12 December 2008, which he penned in 2006 when circumstances kept him from returning to his native Australia for Christmas. Proceeds from the song were advertised as going to the Red Cross and MDA's ALS division. In 2009, he released a single called "Heart on my Sleeve" and an album titled Hold back my Heart, which sold 20,000 copies.



Release Date Artist Album Label No. of Tracks
2001 Film Rolling Projector Records 6 tracks
16 September 2003 The Rising Future Unknown Maverick 11 tracks
26 August 2003 Live at the Apple Store 5 tracks (EP)
2007 Michael Johns Michael Johns - 12 tracks
2008 Another Christmas TRP records 1 track
2009 Don't Look Down " The Height of Competition 17 tracks

Downtown Records

Year Album details Peak Certifications
(sales threshold)
2009 Hold Back My Heart

  • Release date: 23 June 2009
  • Label: Downtown Records
  • Format: CD
97 12
  • US sales: 20,000
2012 Love & Sex

  • Release date: 11 June 2012
  • Label: BUTR Records
  • Format: Digital Download
193 50
  • US: 32,000


Year Title Chart Positions Album
2009 "Life Is Okay" (feat. Brooke White) "? Don't Look Down " The Height of Competition
"Heart on My Sleeve" 22 Hold Back My Heart

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