Lyric Street Records country artist and former Marine Josh Gracin distances himself from his "American Idol" roots . . .

Josh Gracin's too busy to stay 'Idol'

By TOM ROLAND
Special to the Register

Kelly Clarkson. Carrie Underwood. Clay Aiken. Ruben Studdard.
Since its launch in 2002, Fox-TV's "American Idol" has slipped a bunch of young singers who might otherwise have gone unrecognized into the national consciousness.

Of all the show's success stories, ex-Marine Josh Gracin has been the quietest at building a post-"Idol" career. But if all goes as planned, his connection with the show will be more personal history than professional calling card.
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