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'American Idol' alumnus John Stevens coming home for fundraiser

Remember John Stevens, the Amherst native who made it deep into “American Idol” when the show was a megahit on Fox?

Stevens, who lives in Boston, finished sixth in the third season of the reality series.

He will perform Frank Sinatra songs live at the Mercy Flight Beacon of Hope Gala on Sept. 29. The special theme of the night is “Celebrating Flight.” The keynote speaker, Erik Lindbergh, is the grandson of aviation legend, Charles Lindbergh.

Tickets for the black-tie event, held at the Mercy Flight Buffalo Headquarters (100 Amherst Villa Road), can be purchased at

Stevens was 16 and the youngest finalist in the history of “American Idol” when he made it to sixth place on the show’s third season in 2004. His Sinatra-style crooning, coupled with his boyish good looks, made him a favorite of everyone from grade-schoolers to grandparents. His support in Western New York, where he took a break from classes at Williamsville East High School to go to Hollywood with the show, was strong.

In 2016, Stevens suffered a fractured skull when he was struck by a van in Chelsea, Mass. He later announced that he is permanently deaf in his right ear. At the time he was struck by the van, Stevens was the vocalist for the Beantown Swing Orchestra and headed the John Stevens Group.

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