Ruben Studdard
Ruben Studdard
Real Name/Full Name Christopher Ruben Studdard
Nick Name/Celebrated Name: Ruben Studdard
Birth Place: Frankfurt, West Germany
Date of Birth/Birthday: 12 September 1978
Age/How Old: 45 years old
Height/How Tall: In Centimetres – 193cm
In Feet and Inches – 6’ 4”
Weight: In Kilograms -155Kg
In Pounds –  342 lbs
Eye Color: Dark brown
Hair Color: Black
Parents Name: Father-Kevin Studdard
Mother-Emily Studdard
Siblings: Brother- Kevin Studdard Jr.
School: Huffman High School
College: Alabama A&M University
Religion: Christian
Nationality: American
Zodiac Sign: Virgo
Gender: Male
Sexual Orientation: Straight
Marital Status: Divorced
Girlfriend: N/A
Wife/Spouse Name: Surata Zuri McCants (m. 2008–2012)
Kids/Children Name: N/A
Profession: Singer, Actor
Net Worth: $4 million
Last Updated: June 2024

The renowned Grammy-nominated American singer Ruben Studdard was the first African American to win American Idol. His area of interest is classic R&B and gospel music. He has starred in many American TV shows and films like One on One (2004), Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed (2004), 8 Simple Rules, All of Us, Eve, and Lifted.

Well, how well do you know about Ruben Studdard? If not much, we have compiled all you need to know about Ruben Studdard’s net worth in 2024, his age, height, weight, wife, kids, biography and complete details about his life. Well, if you’re all set, here is what we know about Ruben Studdard to date.

Biography and Early Life

The youngest son of the Studdard family, Ruben was born on 12 September 1978 to American parents stationed in Frankfurt, Germany. Later, his family shifted to Birmingham, Alabama, where he started singing at the age of three. He accompanied his mother to the local church, where he sang the gospels, and his mother participated in the church’s choir. In his youth days, he was interested in American football rather than music. Nevertheless, he earned a scholarship to join Alabama A&M University because of his great football skills.

Age, Height, Weight & Body Measurement

So, how old is Ruben Studdard in 2024 and what is his height and weight? Well, Ruben Studdard’s age is 45 years old as of today’s date 19th June 2024 having been born on 12 September 1978. Though, he is 6’ 4” in feet and inches and 193cm in Centimetres tall, he weighs about 342lbs in Pound and 155kg in Kilograms.


He completed his schooling at Huffman High School. At Alabama A&M University, he joined a music fraternity named Omicron Delta chapter of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. He studied music in his college and graduated in 2000. In 2015, his university gave him an honorary Master of Arts degree.

Personal Life: Dating, Girlfriends, Wife, Kids

He first met his former wife Surata Zuri McCants at a Wal-Mart in Atlanta in October 2006. They got married on 28 June 2008 in a private ceremony in Mountain Brook, Alabama. Through his marriage, he became the stepfather of Surata’s daughter Kobi. After three years of marriage, Ruben’s lawyer announced that the couple was getting divorced. They finally got divorced in April 2012.

Is Ruben Studdard Gay?

There are no reports to suggest that Ruben Studdard is gay. He has worked with many male colleagues but has shown no interest in any of them. He was previously hitched with Surata Zuri McCants.

Professional Career

Before entering the second season of American Idol, Ruben had sung with an admired Birmingham jazz and R&B band named Just a Few Cats. The founders of the band were RayReach’ss UAB Jazz Ensemble. Later he auditioned for the second season of American Idol with StevieWonder’ss Ribbon in the Sky. Guest judge Gladys Knight gave him the nickname “velvet teddy bear” There was a fierce competition between him and Clay Aiken, and he emerged as the winner.

His first single, “Flying Without Wings,” which was a cover of the Irish boy band Westlife released on 10 June 2003 and became number two on the Billboard Hot 100. His album Soulful ranked number one on the Billboard 200 album chart.

On 23 November 2004, he released his gospel themed album I Need an Angel. Staraddition, he sang “Shining Star” for the 2004 film Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed. He also cameoed on TV shows like Life on a Stick, 8 Simple Rules, One on One, All of Us and Eve.

In October 2006, he dropped his third album, The Return, which belonged to the R&B genre. The songs”  “Change Me” and “Make Ya Feel Beautiful” performed well on the billboard’s Urban Contemporary chart.

In 2012, he dropped Letters from Birmingham, which was produce under the banner Shanachie Entertainment. In 2013, he featured in the show the Biggest Loser”, a reality show which aired on NBC. He lost 119 pounds at the end of the show. Verve Records produced his sixth album, Unconditional Love, and released it on 4 February 2014. The album contained love songs like “Meant to B”. In December 2018, he reunited with former American Idol contestant Clay Aiken to feature in a Broadway show titled Ruben & Clay’s First Annual Christmas Carol Family Fun Pageant Spectacular Reunion Show.


In 2003 he won the Teen Choice Awards for Choice Male Reality/Variety Star. In 2004, he was awarded NAACP Awar” for outstanding New Artist. That same year, his song’‘Supersta” was nominated for”TheGrammy’ss in the category of Best Male R&B Vocal Performance”.

Net Worth, Salary & Earnings of Ruben Studdard in 2024

Ruben Studdard Net Worth
Ruben Studdard Net Worth

As of 2024, Ruben Studdard is worth $4 million. He primarily earns through his six studio albums and songs. As a singer, he earns between $21k to $28k. His other source of income is his musical concerts, his acting career and a YouTube channel with 135k subscribers.

 Some Interesting Facts You Need To Know

As he focused on making his fans happy by dropping hit songs, Mr Studdard forgot to take care of his health. After realizing that his health plays a great role in making those hit songs, he started hitting the gym. Ruben Studdard has influenced many through his music and living a healthy life by losing weight through exercise. He is considered an idol and favourite among several Americans. His fans are impatiently waiting for his new album. We hope he drops it soon.


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