Montgomery, Ala. (Aug. 25, 2003) -- Alabama native Ruben Studdard, who won the second "American Idol" competition this year, is scheduled to perform free concerts next month to help boost voter turnout for a referendum on the governor's $1.2 billion tax and education plan.

Studdard, dubbed the “Velvet Teddy Bear” by singer Gladys Knight during the TV competition, is scheduled to give performance on Sept. 2 and Sept. 5, just a few days before the Sept. 9 referendum, according to the Mobile Register.

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