Born William Joe Covington II on November 8, 1977 in Rockingham, North Carolina with an identical twin brother, “Rocky,”.Bucky Covington was a finalist on the fifth season of “American Idol,” where he finished eighth. After “American Idol,” Covington signed with Lyric Street Records and his debut album, Bucky Covington, was produced by Sawyer Brown members Dale Oliver and Mark Miller. The album was released in April, 2007 and debuted at number one on the Billboard Country Albums chart. On that album were three chart singles, “A Different World (number six), “It’s Good To Be Us” (number eleven) and “I’ll Walk,” (number ten).
Covington recorded a second album for Lyric Street that was unreleased because the label folded; however, three singles from that album charted: “I Want My Life Back,” “Gotta Be Somebody” and “A Father’s Love (The Only Way he Knew How).”
Bucky’s nickname came from his grandfather, Buck. He graduated from Scotland High School in Laurinburg, North Carolina in 1996 and worked in Covington’s Body Shop in Hamlet, North Carolina. Bucky learned to play guitar when he was 18 and began performing in local clubs, playing guitar, bass and drums as well as writing songs.
The Covington twins auditioned for “American Idol” in Greensboro, North Carolina individually and Bucky was chosen to advance to the final twelve. During his appearances on “American Idol,” Covington performed a wide variety of songs, including “Simple Man” by Lynyrd Skynyrd, “The Thunder Rolls” by Garth Brooks, “Wave on Wave” by Pat Green, “Superstition” by Stevie Wonder, “Oh, Boy” by Buddy Holly, “Real Good Man” by Tim McGraw, “Best I Ever Had” by Gary Allan” and “Fat Bottom Girls” by Queen.”
Bucky Covington continues to tour and record and recently released an independent EP called “Happy Man”.