[From Wikipedia] Rex Goudie is a Canadian singer, songwriter and was the runner-up of Canadian Idol 3. Rex Goudie was born in Dawson Creek, British Columbia on November 18, 1985 and moved back to his father’s hometown of Burlington, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada with his family when he was a year old. His mother was born in Baie Verte, Newfoundland. Goudie was studying mechanical engineering at Memorial University of Newfoundland as well as working as an auto mechanic part-time for his father’s trucking company before Canadian Idol.
After all votes had been cast, Goudie finished as runner-up to winner Melissa O’Neil. On Thursday, April 6, 2006, she and Rex confirmed in an interview with the CTV entertainment program eTalk Daily that he and O’Neil had been dating since the third week of Canadian Idol. They have since split up.
Goudie’s musical talents began in Sunday school, where he was encouraged by his grandmother to sing. By the time he turned sixteen, Goudie had formed a band with his friends, The Purple Monkey Bomb Squad, with a new rock/country focus. The band was moderately popular in Burlington, where they played in local bars after having received written permission to do so from his Grandmother. He was ousted from the band to make room for an older more “experienced” singer, Brandon Mitchell, when he was in grade 12.
Although he has been criticized by some of the judges for his stiffness while on stage, a sports collision injury had caused him limited motion in both knees. Goudie missed a knee specialist appointment, in August 2005, due to his progress on Canadian Idol.
Goudie is proud of his Newfoundland roots and speaks with a noticeable Newfoundland accent. He was quoted by local Newfoundland magazine The Newfoundland Herald as saying:
“ I have to repeat myself sometimes. I try to slow down. I don’t try to change myself, obviously. But I tries (sic) to slow down just to make myself legible. ”
In September 2005, Goudie signed a major recording contract with Sony BMG. His debut CD Under the Lights was released on December 13, 2005, and debuted at #5 on the Canadian charts, selling 36,000 records in its first week. The album was certified gold in Canada 23 days after its release. In January 2006, Under the Lights was certified platinum by the Canadian Recording Industry Association. Goudie always claims that his songs are “true to himself” and that if you listen closely, they tell the story of his life. Goudie, having been inactive in the music industry for some time partook in a collaboration show with local Newfoundland band Break Em’ Up! on December 4, 2008.
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