Arthur Gunn

Arthur Gunn

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Updated On June 23, 2021
Kathmandu, Nepal
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Kathmandu, Nepal

Arthur Gunn is an aspiring Nepali singer as well as Youtuber. Arthur Gunn rose to prominence after becoming runner up of the 18th season of American Idol which is an American singing reality show.

Early Life and Childhood

Arthur Gunn is 22 years old as of 2021. He was born in March of 1999, in Kathmandu, Nepal. His real name is Dibesh Pokhrel and his first name Dibesh means light in Nepali.  Likewise, he was brought up along with his siblings in Kathmandu. Currently, he resides in  Wichita, Kansas, the United States.

His father’s name is Datram Pokhrel and his mother’s name is Maiya Pokhrel. He has three sisters Rubi, Rupa, and Supriya. He was not from musical background, although exposed to music at an early age and grew up with it in his life. As a child, he sang and played small guitars his mother gave him. His family played records and music and he wanted to do that as well.

From the age of two, he blends songs together while playing the guitar. His first experience with American Idol (AI) was watching the U.S. version online while growing up, he also studied English in Nepal. His family migrated to Wichita, Kansas around 2008 when he was eleven but he continued and finished school. Later he would sing in pubs and coffee houses, but mainly for parties of friends; he eventually recorded some songs. He began taking his singing seriously in 2012/2013.

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Caption: Arthur Gunn posing with his parents (Source: SugerFries)

After Immigration

Arthur immigrated to Wichita, Kansas around 2014 after graduating high school, and attending his sisters who were in school in the U.S. Then, he joined his parents; there he introduced to bluegrass and country music. He bought a new guitar and became friends with musicians and played the city’s coffeehouses. He even traveled and busked on street corners in Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, and a summer at the Ocean City, Maryland boardwalk.

Though he doesn’t belong to musical family background, he finds himself so lucky to be presented to musical environments at an early age and grow up around music. When he was a kid, his mother gifted him his first guitar. Since he enjoyed the sweet gustation of music, his biggest inspiration has been singers like John Martyn, Nick Drake, Bob Dylan, Bukka White, Robert Johnson, Howlin’ Wolf, Sonny Boy Williamson, and John Lee Hooker.


Moving toward his educational background, he did his schooling from his home town Kathmandu. After completion of his high school, he moved to the United States for his further studies about six years ago. His sisters were attending school in Wichita, then he also followed them. Later on, his parents too moved to the US.

On his Facebook profile, he has also replied to a question about his percentage that he secured in SLC examinations. He has got 81% as a whole showing his ability in studies as well as in his field of interest.

The mystery behind his name

Dibesh Pokherel is the first native Nepali to perform on the show, the American Idol platform. He was questioned about the meaning of his name Dibesh,  by one of the judges of the American Idol, Katy Perry. He answered it simply as “light”. Exactly as per Hinduism, his name is the name of Lord Mahadev giving the meaning to the name as being “lord of lords”.

Similarly, his stage name is Arthur Gunn since 2018. His name was chosen from “Art hole Gun”, where “hur” equals to “hole”. Combined Arthur means Nobel and courageous.

Professional life

Talking about Arthur Gunn’s professional life, he initiated his musical journey through Youtube. As a young kid, he was a keen interest over music. Currently, he got recognition as a contestant of American Idol Season 18.

Early career

Concerning his Youtube career, he launched his Youtube channel named Arthur Gunn [OFFICIAL] on July 26, 2017. Then, he posted his first debut Youtube video titled “The Revivalists – Wish I Knew You (Arthur Gunn Cover// Live Session” which has got 137k till now.

However, before performing on the American Idol, he initially has performed at several bars and pubs in Kathmandu and Pokhara in Nepal. Regrading his musical journey in Nepal, he has already made his music credits in the industry. Until this date, he has published his several Nepali songs with acoustic rock genres like Hamro Din, Samundra Pari, Nyano Ghar, Ma, Karnali, Pralaya’ A’, Pralaya’ B,’ Khoj and many others. He has been successful to place himself into his native people’s hearts.

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Caption: Arthur Gunn captured during his performance on American Idol (Source: Instagram)

American Idol Journey

Arthur submitted his audition online for American Idol (AI) in 2019. He was invited to the September 4 in-person Wichita auditions for the third season of the rebooted edition—the eighteenth season overall of the show—at Century II Performing Arts & Convention Center. As of May 2020, he auditioned with Sticky Fingers’ “Eddy’s Song“ (2011),  and the video has been seen over eight million times. He notes as his favorite AI alumni both 2019’s winner Laine Hardy, and runner-up Alejandro Aranda.

Fortunately, he got a chance to perform on the 18th season of American idol. He pleased and blew away Judges with the classic rock and roll music in auditions with the songs of Creedence Clearwater Revival and Bob Dylan, chanted the 1968’s hit song Hard to Handle by Otis Reddings in Hollywood on 16 March 2020. He strapped on an acoustic and fascinated with his strong gloomy voice. The judging panel Lionel Richie, Luke Bryan, and Katy Perry demanded more, and they got what they wanted.

After his good performance, the judging panel of American Idol continued him to the next round of the singing reality show. Along with him, contestants including Francisco Martin, Johny West, Julia Gargano, Dillion James,  and others made it to the next round. One of the judge Richie told “He reminds me of Bob Marley,” to his fellow judges which were quite astonishing and pleasant comments for him. He is still serving on the competition and hopefully, he might win the title of American idol of 18th season which his true spirit and dedication toward his singing.

After worldwide pandemic

In between the competition of American Idol, the contestants were sent home, due to Covid-19 (coronavirus) pandemic. The rest of the season the show recorded all the on-air talent from their homes. The producers equipped each contestant with alike sound and lighting fixtures so they could film from home. When asked who he would like to duet with if Arthur made it to the finale, his list added The Black Keys, Jack Johnson, and Damian Marley. In May 2020, he became the first Nepali-born contestant in the Top Ten on the show. He performed a reggae version of John Denver’s “Take Me Home, Country Roads” for the show’s theme of evoking songs of home.

Pop culture’s Kyle Phillippi noted his voice has been adored by the show’s judges from the start as “the most unique.”  Further, he became runner-up on the eighteenth season of the singing reality show American Idol.

Net worth

Speaking up on Arthur Gunn’s earnings, he is an aspiring singer as well as Nepali based songwriter. He has earned a quite considerable sum of money through his work. However, he has not still disclosed his net worth officially. But some online resources have estimated his net worth around $50k.

Further, he will be surely earning more income in the future through his dedication and passion toward music involving in a musical career. Likewise, he is living a good and healthy lifestyle.

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Caption: Arthur Gunn captured posing along with his car (Source: Instagram)

What is the relationship status of Arthur Gunn? Who is his girlfriend?

Reflecting on Arthur Gunn’s relationship status, he might be single or in a relationship. He is an unmarried guy. However, he has kept his personal life far away from the limelight and has not mentioned his relationship on his social media handles. Further, he might open up his relationship status at the right time. Anyway, he might also be waiting for his perfect match to pair with him and go along in the future.

Being a rising star, he has maintained a clean profile till now and not linked to controversial acts. He is more focused to shape his career rather than linking on scandalous matters.

Body measurements

Arthur Gunn has a good looking personality with his slight gloomy face. He stands a good average Nepali man height about 5 feet 6 inches with fit body physiques. Therefore, there is no exact information regarding his weight and body statics. Likewise, he has a pair of dark brown eyes with lightly curly black hair.

Social media

Arthur Gunn is socially active over different media sites like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Youtube, etc. He has gained quite a fan following on his social media platforms after his recent prominence from his magical performance on American Idol. On Instagram, he goes by handles @arthur_gunn which has gained more than 73.3k fan followers.

Likewise, he has gained around 4.8k fan followers on his official Twitter account and about 31.7k fan followers on Facebook account. In addition, he also runs a Youtube channel under the user name Arthur Gunn [OFFICIAL] and amassed over 171k subscribers. And, he has got more than 7.6 million views on his Youtube videos.

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