Former American Idol contestant John Stevens has been struck by a van while out jogging in Chelsea, Massachusetts last week, suffering a fractured skull, a broken arm, some swelling in the brain, and deafness in his right ear.
Stevens was later treated at the Massachusetts General Hospital before being sent to his parents’ home in Buffalo, New York to give him time to recuperate.
As previously reported by People, the American IdolSeason 3 alum was wearing earbuds while out jogging at Broadway near Library Street last Monday when a van struck him. A witness told the police that the driver wasn’t speeding when the van hit Stevens. According to Boston Globe, the 28-year-old crooner was outside the crosswalk when the accident happened. The police reportedly did not press charges against the driver.
John Stevens took to Facebook on Saturday to thank those who sent him their thoughts and well wishes as he is recuperating from his injuries.
“Thank you to everyone who has been calling, texting and messaging. Early this week I was hit by a van while out for a run and suffered a fractured skull and dislocated and broken arm. Among other injuries and disorders I’m dealing with, it appears I will have some, if not total deafness in my right ear. The staff at Mass General were above and beyond anything I could’ve ever asked for. My parents have taken me back to buffalo for a couple weeks to heal and recover from the accident since I won’t be able to work. Thank you very much for all of the well wishes and prayers. It truly means a lot to me.”
Fellow American Idol Season 3 alum Jon Peter Lewis also took to Facebook to send John his positive thoughts and well wishes.
John Stevens became a star when his audition video was aired on the third season of American Idol. At 16-years-old, John was the youngest contestant to make the finals in the singing competition. Competing against the likes of eventual winner Fantasia Barrino, future Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson, and future Broadway star Diana DeGarmo, Stevens finished in sixth place. Throughout the competition, the young crooner wowed audiences with his beautiful rendition of songs by John Sinatra and Dean Martin.
Stevens released his debut album Red through Maverick Records in 2005, which reached the Top 10 on the Billboard albums chart in its first week. The Boston-based singer went on to graduate from Berklee College of Music in 2009. In November of that same year, he released his Christmas album, Home for Christmas.
John currently performs as a vocalist for the Beantown Swing Orchestra, a group that focuses on performing big band versions of hits by Frank Sinatra and Bobby Darin. Out of that group, he formed the John Stevens Band so he could perform more original material.
On April 7 2015, the John Stevens band released the album Mr. Nice Guy, which features a stunning collection of jazz tunes influenced by legends such as The Beatles, Ray Charles, and Paul Simon.
In an interview with Billboard, John explained why he chose to release his next album with the John Stevens Band.
“By choosing the most talented musicians that I liked working with from Beantown Swing Orchestra and other bands I have worked with in the past and working with Danny Fratina, Beantown Swing’s arranger, I was able to create a group of eight people, including myself. We are all alumni of either Berklee College of Music or New England Conservatory. With this new band, I’m able to control what songs and styles we perform,” John Stevens explained.
We hope that John Stevens can recover from his injuries soon? What’s your favorite performance by him?
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