American Idol Alum Alex Miller Involved In Fatal Crash

The tragic incident took place on Tuesday evening in Miller’s home state of Kentucky.


Lauren Jo Black

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February 14, 2024

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Alex Miller; Photo Courtesy American Idol, ABC

American Idol alum Alex Miller and his band were involved in a fatal crash involving a bus and a car on Tuesday evening (Feb. 13).

The Crash Took Place In Miller’s Home State Of Kentucky

Miller’s team shared the tragic news on his official Facebook page, revealing that the incident occurred when the singer and his band were returning from a vacation. The trip took a devastating turn when their bus collided with a car on the highway. Sadly, the driver of the car lost his life in the collision.    

“While traveling back from a vacation, country recording star Alex Miller and several members of his band were on a bus that was hit by a car. Sadly, the driver of the car is deceased,” the statement reads.  

Alex Miller; Photo by Stephen Johnson
Alex Miller; Photo by Stephen Johnson

Alex Miller’s team said the former Idol contestant “sends his thoughts and prayers to the gentleman and his family.”

Police Are Investigating

Despite the severity of the situation, no one on the bus, including Miller or anyone in his band, was injured. 

Kentucky State Police are investigating the incident to determine the circumstances surrounding the crash. 

When Did Alex Miller Appear On American Idol?

A native of Lancaster, Kentucky, Alex Miller rose to fame when appeared on American Idol season 19 in 2021. He was just 17 years old at the time of his audition and immediately captivated the American Idol judges, Luke Bryan, Katy Perry, and Lionel Richie, with his traditional country vocals. 

Though he was still in high school at the time of his audition, he had performed nearly 1,000 shows and was ready to take the next step in his musical journey. 

For his performance, he sang Merle Haggard’s “Big City,” and was joined by Bryan in what became a viral moment. He ultimately earned a golden ticket and advanced to Hollywood. 

Alex Miller, Luke Bryan; Photo by ABC/John Fleenor
Alex Miller, Luke Bryan; Photo by ABC/John Fleenor

He later performed Haggard’s “Silver Wings” during the Showstoper round, however, he failed to make the cut for the Top 24. 

What Happened To Alex Miller On American Idol?

While his time on the show was ultimately cut a bit short, Miller has continued to pursue his country music dreams and has opened for the likes of Brooks & Dunn, Hank Williams Jr., Josh Turner, Lee Brice, and more. 

He released his debut album, Miller Time, via Bill Jam Records in April of 2022 and turned heads with releases such as “I’m Over You, So Get Over Me,” “Don’t Let The Barn Door Hit Ya” and “Through With You.”

Alex Miller - COUNTRY EP
Alex Miller – COUNTRY EP

New Music

Last fall, Miller unleashed a five-track EP, dubbed COUNTRY. It was released on October 6 and marked his second project with award-winning producer Jerry Salley for Billy Jam Records. 

“There’s something here for everyone, from Western Swing to cutting-edge stuff. It’s every kind of Country I love,” Miller, who co-wrote three of the five tracks, previously shared. 

His producer, Salley, stated, “Alex was born with real Country music in his bones and now he’s exploring new sounds – while staying true to himself. I think his fans will love it.”

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Following the release of the EP, Miller performed at various fairs and festivals and opened for artists like Chris Janson, HunterGirl, and Tracy Byrd. 

According to his official website, Miller’s next scheduled tour date is set for Mach 16 in Paris, Illinois. Additional information, including a full list of tour dates, can be found HERE.

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for and her work being featured on She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.