Odell Bunton Jr. (American Idol) Bio, Age, Parents, Height, Wife

Odell Bunton Jr. Biography

Odell Bunton Jr. is a talented singer, songwriter, and praise and worship leader from Austin, TX. He has captured the hearts of “American Idol” viewers in Season 22. He started singing professionally at the age of 13. Additionally, Bunton Jr. also works as a security guard at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport in Dallas, Texas.

Odell Bunton Jr. Age | Birthday

Born on October 3, 1994, in Austin, Texas, Bunton Jr. is currently 29 years old. His birthday falls on October 3rd, making him a Libra with a passion for music.

Odell Bunton Jr. Parents 

Bunton Jr.’s musical journey began at an early age. His mother, a pivotal influence, recognized his vocal potential when he was just 6 years old. Together, they honed his singing abilities, shaping his vocal cords and nurturing his talent. As he matured, Bunton Jr.’s parents, Odell Bunton Sr. (father) and Donna L. Bunton (mother), recognized his divine gift and supported him in his musical endeavors. They even traveled together in ministry, where he led songs and shared his soul-stirring voice.

Odell Bunton Jr. on American Idol stage
Odell Bunton Jr. during American Idol season 22 audition

Odell Bunton Jr. Height

Bunton Jr, the Austin, TX native stands at a height measurement of 5 feet and 9 inches (approximately).

Odell Bunton Jr. Wife, Children

Bunton Jr. has a wife named Shataniqua Bunton. Odell and his wife, Shataniqua Bunton, are proud parents of five beautiful children. He and his family lives in a hotel in Dallas, TX.

Education and Music

The Austin native, Odell Bunton Jr., graduated from Sam Houston High School and continued his education at Weatherford College. His academic journey laid the foundation for his artistic pursuits. Bunton Jr. immersed himself in gospel music, refining his skills and deepening his connection to the divine through song.


Odell Bunton Jr.’s songs include soulful renditions and powerful performances. His standout song choices have resonated with audiences and judges alike. One of his memorable moments was his rendition of “Bring It On Home To Me” during his American Idol audition. The judge, Luke Bryan, Katy Perry, and Lionel Richie were left in awe, giving him a standing ovation for his terrific performance.

Odell Bunton Jr. American Idol Audition

On February 18, 2024, Odell Bunton Jr. delivered an unforgettable audition. Singing Sam Cooke’s timeless classic, “Bring It On Home To Me,” he left the judges—Katy Perry, Luke Bryan, and Lionel Richie—in awe. His soulful rendition not only impressed but also earned him a coveted Platinum Ticket. This special recognition allowed him to skip the initial rounds of Hollywood Week, catapulting him directly into the spotlight.

Odell’s soulful rendition not only impressed but also earned him a coveted Platinum Ticket. This special recognition allowed him to skip the initial rounds of Hollywood Week, catapulting him directly into the spotlight.

Hollywood Week

The platinum ticket winners, Odell Bunton Jr., Abi Carter, and Julia Gagnon performed ‘California Dreamin” to kickoff the 22nd season of  “American Idol” Hollywood Week. In American Idol Season 22, Hollywood Week underwent a significant change with the introduction of the Idol Arena. Here are the details:

Idol Arena: A Surprising Twist

  • The 143 Golden Ticket-winning contestants faced each other within the Idol Arena.
  • Contestants were summoned to perform onstage at random.
  • This new format added an element of surprise, testing their nerves.
  • Their performance in the Idol Arena was their one and only chance to make it through the cut.
  • More than half of the contestants went home during this stage.
  • Judges Katy Perry, Lionel Richie, and Luke Bryan narrowed down the talent pool to just 56 people after all the performances.

Platinum Ticket Winners Shine

  • The first Platinum Ticket of the season was issued to 28-year-old soul singer Odell Bunton Jr. from Arlington, Texas, for his rendition of Sam Cooke’s “Bring It On Home to Me.”
  • The second Platinum Ticket went to Abi Carter, 21, from Indio, California, for her performance of Billie Eilish’s “What Was I Made For.”
  • The third and final Platinum Ticket was issued to 21-year-old Julia Gagnon from Cumberland, Maine, for her powerful rendition of Aretha Franklin’s “Ain’t No Way.”

Next Steps

  • On Tuesday, April 1, during the “Showstopper/Final Judgement” episode, the judges further narrowed down the contestants to the Top 24 singers.
  • These Top 24 contestants will then be voted on by America in the subsequent rounds.

Stay tuned as the drama unfolds during Hollywood Week on American Idol!

Odell Bunton Jr. Net Worth

Bunton Jr. has an estimated net worth of around $150K. He has accumulated his worth through working as an airport security guard in Dallas, TX and through singing. The average annual salary of an airport security guard in Dallas, TX ranges between $33,989 and $43,210.


Odell Bunton Jr’s Instagram handle is @odellbjrofficial, with 25.9K followers as of March 2024.