Nepalese-American singer-songwriter Arthur Gunn of Wichita, Kansas, United States competed in “American Idol” Season 18 and was runner-up to Samantha “Just Sam” Diaz of Harlem, Manhattan, New York, USA. The new season of the reality show singing competition premiered on ABC from February 16, 2020 to May 17, 2020.
Hosted by Ryan Seacrest, “American Idol” Season 18 featured Lionel Richie, Katy Perry and Luke Bryan as judges. Because of the new coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the final episode of the show featured Gunn, Sam and their fellow contestants Francisco Martin, Dillon James and Jonny West filming from their homes.
In the “American Idol” Season 18 finale, Gunn sang “I Don’t Want to Be” by Gavin DeGaw and “Have You Ever Seen the Rain?” by Creedence Clearwater Revival. Here are 13 more facts about the Nepalese-American singer-songwriter:
- His real name is Dibesh Pokharel.
- His screen name is from his fascination with art in every form, the biblical name Hur, which means hole, and the firearm, which for him symbolizes battle, as he explained to Halla Nepal.
- He was born in Kathmandu, Nepal in 2000.
- His first guitar was a gift he received from his mother when he was a young boy in Nepal.
- He used to perform in coffee houses and pubs in Nepal.
- In 2014, he and his family moved to Wichita, Kansas, United States, where his sisters were studying.
- It was in Wichita where he started to get into bluegrass and country music.
- In Wichita, he occasionally performed in several places including R Coffee House at N Bitting Avenue in Riverside, according to The Wichita Eagle.
- Released in 2018, his debut album “Grahan” has eight songs namely “Pralaya A,” “Pralaya B,” “Hamro Din,” “Samundra Paari,” “Nyano Ghar,” “Aakash ko pari,” “maan” and “Ek Yatra.”
- In 2019, he submitted an online video to “American Idol.”
- When he auditioned in front of the “American Idol” Season 18 judges at the Milwaukee Art Museum in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA, he sang “Girl from the North Country” by Bob Dylan and “Have You Ever Seen the Rain?” by Creedence Clearwater Revival.
- In “American Idol,” he was contestant number 21,042.
- Among his music influences are Bob Dylan, Bukka White, John Lee Hooker, John Martyn, Nick Drake, Robert Johnson, Howlin’ Wolf and Sonny Boy Williamson.