‘American Idol’ Finalist Colin Stough Expresses Deep Gratitude To Fans In Emotional Instagram Post

“I feel like it happens a lot these days that not enough artists give their fans the appreciation they deserve,” he shared.


Madeleine O’Connell

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November 21, 2023


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Colin Stough; Photo by ABC/Eric McCandless

Colin Stough got honest with fans in a recent Instagram post that finds him reflecting on his life over the past few months and all the dreams that have come true since earning a spot in the finals on Season 21 of American Idol. 

In the heartfelt message shared Tuesday morning, the Mississippi native expresses immense gratitude towards all the fans who have followed along with his journey and who continue to show their support for his music.

“It’s been on my mind heavy here lately and I just want to say thank you,” he began. “This journey is amazing, and I say it all the time, without y’all I’m nothing, the band is nothing, the dream is nothing. I feel like it happens a lot these days that not enough artists give their fans the appreciation they deserve. So from the bottom of my heart, from the bottom of my amazing teams, from the bottom of the people who make this record spin, thank you thank you thank you.”

He continued, “Thank you for allowing this long-haired country boy to wake up and live his dream everyday thank you for letting me play arena shows as well as sold out shows, thank you.”

What Does Colin Stough Have In The Works For 2024?

Stough closed out his love letter to fans by hinting that he has “a lot of surprises” and “new music” in store for 2024. 

“Get ready to rock and roll with Colin Stough and The Cowpoke. I love y’all to the moon and back, as my mama used to say. Thank you -CS❤️♠️,” he added at the end of the post that also featured a photo of him on stage singing his heart out to a most likely packed-out crowd. 

Just-Released Cover Of “Blue Christmas”

Colin Stough - Blue Christma
Colin Stough – Blue Christma

This message comes just days after the 19 Recordings/BMG got into the holiday spirit by releasing his first-ever holiday cover of Elvis Presley’s, “Blue Christmas.” Stough puts his own spin on the King’s soulful delivery by layering his raspy vocals that fans have come to love with a round of epic guitar riffs and the festive sounds of sleigh bells.

Choosing to release a twang-filled rendition of the song that was originally written by Billy Hayes and Jay W. Johnson, allows Stough to pay tribute to his roots as a fellow Mississippi native. 

“Elvis Presley is not only a legend overall, but he’s also a Mississippi boy like me. I grew up about 30 minutes from where he was born,” Stough shares via press release. “I love ‘Blue Christmas’ and wanted to do a version of my own. It’s got this smooth, bluesy vibe which I really dig.” 

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Stough Opens Up About Love, Heartbreak, Loss & More on Debut EP, “Promiseland”

Stough’s “Blue Christmas” follows the October release of his debut EP, Promiseland, a collection that holds more honesty and authenticity than ever before.

Produced by Alex Maxwell, Sean Rogers, and Austin Shawn, the project features six new tracks, five of which were co-written by Stough. Having a major part in creating the track list for this project allowed the booming newcomer to introduce himself as a person and as an artist while also sharing meaningful stories surrounding love, heartbreak, loss and more. 

“There are some songs on there that have deeper meaning and stuff like that and really I just want my listeners to take a message from my music and kind of live with it. Something to kind of get them through their day or make them smile, that’s the only reason I do this stuff is because music helped me out in my dark times. So I just want to return the favor,” he previously told Country Now of the new project.

Colin Stough Promiseland, Cover Art by Mike Rodway
Colin Stough Promiseland, Cover Art by Mike Rodway

Colin Stough has spent this past year showcasing his music across the nation through a variety of headlining shows and supporting gigs for artists like Kidd G and Drake White. In 2024, he will also join Chase Matthew on the road for his Come Get Your Memory Extended Tour. 

For a full list of upcoming dates, click HERE.  

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Madeleine O’Connell graduated from North Central College with a bachelors degree in Journalism and Broadcast Communications before deciding to pursue her studies further at DePaul University. There, she earned her masters degree in Digital Communication & Media Arts. O’Connell served as a freelance writer for over two years while also interning with the Academy of Country Music, SiriusXM and Circle Media and assisting with Amazon Music’s Country Heat Weekly podcast. In addition to Country Now, she has been published in American Songwriter, Music Mayhem, and Holler.Country. Madeleine O’Connell is a member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.