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All we know about Noah Thompson’s parents as Kentucky singer wins Idol

Bruno Cooke May 23, 2022
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20-year-old country singer Noah Thompson, from Kentucky, beat early favourite HunterGirl to win season 20 of American Idol – what do we know about Thompson’s family life, parents and son?

Noah Thompson’s dad has ‘always been a big influence’

Noah told Billboard earlier this year his father, Chris Thompson, has “always been a big influence on me”.

“He was always playing the guitar. I grew up around him being in a band so I was listening to a lot of different instruments at a really early age.”

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Noah would attend his father’s gigs and this in turn helped shape his own musical career. Chris Thompson is credited as a songwriter on more than one of Noah’s songs, which suggests he and his father have a collaborative musical relationship as well as a familial one.

“My dad wrote songs,” he said. “His band was trying to make it and that’s all he thought about. He brought me to his gigs and I would be out in the audience listening.”

What about his mother?

Various outlets write Noah’s mother’s name is Elizabeth Miller but she passed away in 2018 following a heart attack in May that year.

She was 51 when she died. Thompson apparently described his mother as a “rare, rare find”.

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Miller had four children: Noah and Gibson are full brothers; their half-sisters Brittany Miller and Alexandra Kyle Ambrose are the daughters of Paul Ambrose, Noah’s stepfather. 

They are older. Brittany turned 38 earlier this year. According to Gossip Next Door, Noah Thompson’s stepfather Paul Ambrose is the same as this Dr Paul Ambrose, who at the age of 32 was among those who died in the 11 September 2001 attacks.

Noah Thompson and his partner are parents themselves

Thompson’s long-time partner is Angel Dixon. They’ve been together since at least 2018, when Angel posted a picture of them both to her Instagram followers and wrote she was “so blessed to have Noah in my life”. They recently became parents.

As quoted in The Sun, Noah told Lauren Alaina during Hollywood Week that part of his motivation to win American Idol was to give his son Walker “an entirely new life, a better life”.

“My little boy, he’s my strive for all this.”

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Noah mentioned Angel when explaining why he chose to sing Stay by Rihanna earlier in the competition. 

“This isn’t a song I would usually do but it reminds me of being back home because it is a song me and my girlfriend Angel would sing together,” he said, according to Good Housekeeping (via Yahoo).

Born 18 April 2002, Noah Thompson’s age at the time of winning American Idol is 20. Perhaps turning 20 during season 20 of the show brought him good luck?

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Bruno is a novelist, amateur screenwriter and journalist with interests in digital media, storytelling, film and politics. He’s lived in France, China, Sri Lanka and the Philippines, but returned to the UK for a degree (and because of the pandemic) in 2020. His articles have appeared in Groundviews, Forge Press and The Friday Poem, and most are readable on Medium or onurbicycle.com.