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Hurricane Katrina Leaves American Idol’s George Huff's Family Homeless


George Huff

George Huff

Courtesy of Word Records
Updated September 08, 2005
During the 2004 “American Idol” competition that crowned Fantasia Barrino as the winner, New Orleans-native George Huff was known as Smiling George because he was always smiling.

Even though he is sure that Hurricane Katrina has destroyed his family’s New Orleans home, Huff is still smiling. He comes from a very large extended family and when news of the storm hit, everyone just scattered. “I have so many relatives that we don’t know how they are doing or where they are,” Huff says sadly. “We’re just taking it one day at a time.”

The 24-year-old Huff, who lived with his mother and siblings in New Orleans, says that he and 14 of his relatives left the city over the weekend and are now staying at his brother’s house in Dallas, TX.

Ironically, Huff’s new single is an up-tempo song called, “Brighter Day.” The song is from his upcoming Word/Curb/Warner Bros. CD Miracles which will be released on October 11, 2005. An anthem of hope for Huff, both he and the song were featured last week during an interview with a Texas CBS affiliate station. The broadcast, on “CNN Headline News,” included N'SYNC's Lance Bass and Three Doors Down who have also been affected by the hurricane.

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