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David Cook Releases Lyric Video for New Single, “Gimme Heartbreak”

David Cook Releases Lyric Video for New Single, “Gimme Heartbreak”

David Cook has released a new lyric video for his brand new single, ”Gimme Heartbreak.” Check it out below!

David tells Variety magazine that he made “a conscious effort going into the production to incorporate more cinematic pop elements.” Taking inspiration from recent releases — “I was listening to Halsey’s  ‘Badlands’ record,” he reveals — Cook also leaned on “old standbys like Nine Inch Nails and Massive Attack” to find “vibes” for a new direction with “Gimme Heartbreak.”

Gimme Heartbreak” is the lead track from David’s forthcoming untitled EP, which is slated to be released later this fall. David is again involving his fans in the EP making process via a PledgeMusic Campaign www.pledgemusic.com/davidcook.

Gimme Heartbreak” is available on all digital providers and is the first new music from the multi-talented and multifaceted singer-songwriter since 2015’s Digital Vein album release, which debuted in the top 5 on Billboard’s Pop Chart. “Gimme Heartbreak” features David’s impressive strong vocals backed by synth beats Gimme Heartbreak” feels like a new chapter to me.  New direction, new energy.  A new sound that I’m excited to share and build on, says David.

2017 Summer Tour Dates    

Jul 18 – Atlanta, GA – City Winery
Jul 20 – Nashville, TN – Mercy Lounge
Aug 16 – Denver, CO – Soiled Dove Underground
Aug 17 – Steamboat Springs, CO – Schmiggity’s
Aug 18 – Greeley, CO – Moxi Theater
Aug 21 – Seattle, WA – The Crocodile
Aug 23 – Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theatre
Aug 25 – Berkeley, CA – Cornerstone
Aug 26 – Petaluma, CA – Mystic Theatre
Aug 29 – Los Angeles, CA – Troubadour
Aug 31 – San Diego, CA – Belly Up
Sep 1 – Las Vegas, NV – Chrome at Santa Fe Station
Sep 2 – Phoenix, AZ – MIM Music Theatre
Sep 3 – Tucson, AZ – 191 Toole
Sep 6 – Oklahoma City, OK – Tower Theatre
Sep 7 – Tulsa, OK – The Shrine
Sep 8 – Dallas, TX – Granada Theatre
Sep  9 – Austin, TX – One World Theatre
Sep 12 – Birmingham, AL – Saturn
Sep 13 – Chattanooga, TN – Revelry Room
Sep 14 – Athens, GA – The Foundry
Sep 17 – Tampa, FL – The Attic
Sep 19 – Gainesville, FL – High Dive
Sep 21 -22 – Orlando, FL – Epcot – Eat To The Beat Concert Series
Sep 23 – Ft Lauderdale, FL – Amaturo Theater at Broward Center
Sep 26 – Asheville, NC – Grey Eagle Tavern
Sep 27 – Richmond, VA – Broadberry
Sep 29 – Raleigh, NC – Stag’s Head Music Hall

About David Cook

David Cook immediately launched to stardom following his Season 7 American Idol title. Cook broke several Billboard chart records when 14 of his songs debuted on the Hot Digital Songs chart and 11 of his songs debuted on the Hot 100, and went on to sell more than 1.5 million albums, including his certified platinum eponymous album.  Collectively, David has sold over 5 million tracks worldwide including 2 singles that have been certified Platinum.  In 2012, David relocated to Nashville, TN and found the creative environment re-invigorated his passion for creating music. He not only found success as a writer for other artists, his 2015 studio album, “Digital Vein” debuted in the top 5 on the Billboard Pop Chart.  Cook continues to tour throughout the world in support of his multiple hits.  2017 will deliver more live dates and an exciting EP from Cook. The forthcoming release is teased by the first single, “Gimme Heartbreak” which is available via all digital platforms now.

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James Durbin Returns With New Album,’Riot On Sunset,’ On July 15th!

James Durbin Returns With New Album,’Riot On Sunset,’ On July 15th!

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James Durbin has announced that he will release his new album, Riot On Sunset, on July 15th.  Riot On Sunset is the first new music from James in over 2 years and will include his latest single, “Smackdown.”

“Smackdown” is available for digital download through CD Baby  here:  www.cdbaby.com/CD/jamesdurbin2  and iTunes here: https://itun.es/us/S_4Fbb

“Smackdown” showcases James’ signature hard rock sound in a grand way with crunching guitar riffs and a truly epic drum beat.  From the opening bass riff to the closing scream & all the debauchery in between, James Durbin is back & better than ever before.

The video for “Smackdown” has been making a serious impact since its release in April as it was selected for Loudwire’s Battle Royale competition where it currently occupies the #2 spot on their Top 10 countdown. See here: http://loudwire.com/battle-royale-devildriver-debut-big-backwordz-video-countdown-domination/

Check out the video for “Smackdown” below:

James is also excited to get back out on the road this summer with his new band to perform brand new material from Riot On Sunset for the first time.  “We’ve been grinding away on this album for months now.  It’s hard to believe it’s time to release it to the world on July 15. I feel like I’ve grown a lot in the studio and as an artist. I hope all the fans will enjoy what I have to say on the album as I have truly loved co-writing & co-producing Riot On Sunset.” says James.

In addition, James has re-branded his official website at www.jamesdurbinofficial.com.

James Durbin 2016 Tour Dates:

July

18 – Portland, OR – Dante’s

19 – Seattle, WA – El Corazon

21 – Salt Lake City, UT – Loading Dock

23 – Denver, CO – Global Hall

24 – Kansas City, MO – Riot Room

26 – Chicago, IL – Shubas

27 – Pontiac, MI – Pike Room at Crofoot

28 – Cleveland, OH – Beachland Ballroom

29 – Fort Thomas, KY – Fort Thomas

31 – Universal City, MO – The Duck Room
August

1 – Tulsa, OK – The Vanguard

6 – San Jose, CA – Santa Clara County Fair

More dates to be announced soon!

 

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James Durbin Returns With “Smackdown,” American Idol Performance And More!

James Durbin Returns With “Smackdown,” American Idol Performance And More!

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James Durbin has released his new single & video for “Smackdown”.  Click here: http://loudwire.com/james-durbin-smackdown-exclusive-video-premiere/

In addition, “Smackdown” is available for digital download through CD Baby  here:  www.cdbaby.com/CD/jamesdurbin2

“Smackdown” is the first new music from James in over 2 years and will be the lead single off of his forthcoming as-yet-untitled 3rd  full length album release slated for this summer.   “Smackdown” showcases James’ signature hard rock sound in a grand way with crunching guitar riffs and a truly epic drum beat.  From the opening bass riff to the closing scream & all the debauchery in between, James Durbin is back & better than ever before

James has also been invited to perform on American Idol’s finale show Thursday, April 7th.  Other performers slated to return for the finale show include Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Daughtry, David Cook and many other former IDOLS.

“I’m really looking forward to being a part of the Idol series Finale. It’s really beginning to hit me that this whole thing is gonna be over. I am excited but sad too. I’m honored & grateful to share the end of this show with all my amazingly talented Idol family & lay it to rest together” said James.

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AMERICAN IDOL® LIVE! 2015 TOUR: 37 Show Tour To Kick Off This July

AMERICAN IDOL® LIVE! 2015 TOUR: 37 Show Tour To Kick Off This July

A Can't Miss Event!

A Can’t Miss Event!

AMERICAN IDOL®, the most successful music competition show in television history, returns this summer with an unprecedented 14th consecutive national tour.  19 Entertainment, Inc. announced today that the 37-show concert tour launches Tuesday, July 7 in Clearwater, FL, and stops in major cities, including New York, Chicago, Houston and Nashville before wrapping in Riverside, CA, on Friday, August 28th.  Tickets are available via AmericanIdol.com/tour.

AMERICAN IDOL® LIVE! will give fans an opportunity to get up close and personal with the Top Five IDOLS from Season 14.  Our Top Five will showcase their individual artistry and talents all set to a live band.  Past tours have featured stars such as Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Jennifer Hudson, Fantasia, Adam Lambert, Scotty McCreery, Phillip Phillips and many more.

AMERICAN IDOL® XIV airs Wednesdays (8:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) on FOX.

AMERICAN IDOL® LIVE! 2015 Tour Dates:

DATE                    CITY                                     VENUE

July 07                   Clearwater, FL                     Ruth Eckerd Hall

July 08                   Sarasota, FL                         Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall

July 09                   Melbourne, FL                     King Center For The Performing Arts

July 11                   Orlando, FL                          Hard Rock Live

July 12                   Fort Myers, FL                     Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall

July 14                   Fort Lauderdale, FL            Parker Playhouse

July 15                   Jacksonville, FL                   Florida Theatre

July 17                   Nashville, TN                        Ryman Auditorium

July 18                   Louisville, KY                       The Kentucky Center – Whitney Hall

July 19                   Durham, NC                         Durham Performing Arts Center

July 21                   Baltimore, MD                     Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall

July 22                   Morristown, NJ                     Mayo Performing Arts Center

July 24                   Chautauqua, NY                 Chautauqua Institute Amphitheatre

July 25                   Bethlehem, PA                     Sands Bethlehem Event Center

July 28                   Worcester, MA                     Hanover Theatre For The Performing Arts

July 29                   Hampton Beach, NH         Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom

July 30                   Portland, ME                        Maine State Pier

August 01              Atlantic City, NJ                  Caesars Atlantic City – Circus Maximus

August 02              Red Bank, NJ                       Count Basie Theatre

August 03              Providence, RI                     Veterans Memorial Auditorium (The VETS)

August 05              New York, NY                      Beacon Theatre

August 07              Detroit, MI                            MotorCity Casino Hotel

August 08              Chicago, IL                           Chicago Theatre

August 09              Indianapolis, IN                   Murat Theatre

August 10              St. Louis, MO                       Peabody Opera House

August 12              Grand Prairie, TX                 Verizon Theatre At Grand Prairie

August 13              Houston, TX                         Bayou Music Center

August 14              San Antonio, TX                  Majestic Theatre

August 16              Mesa, AZ                              Mesa Arts Center

August 18              San Diego, CA                      Humphrey’s

August 20              Los Angeles, CA                 Orpheum Theatre

August 21              Reno, NV                              Silver Legacy Resort & Casino

August 22              Santa Rosa, CA                   Wells Fargo Center for the Arts

August 23              San Francisco, CA               Warfield Theatre

August 25              Seattle, WA                           McCaw Hall

August 27              Saratoga, CA                        The Mountain Winery

August 28              Riverside, CA                       Fox Performing Arts Center

Tickets are subject to applicable service charges.

Event times and dates subject to change.

For the latest tour and ticketing information please visit:

www.americanidol.com/tour

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James Durbin Announces Tour Dates For 2014 Acoustic Tour

James Durbin Announces Tour Dates For 2014 Acoustic Tour

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James Durbin

James Durbin has announced the initial dates for his upcoming 2014 acoustic US tour beginning January 3, 2014 at The Viper Room in Los Angeles.  The six week trek will end on February15 at The Catalyst in Santa Cruz.  Kelley James Kelleyjames.com will be direct support on all shows.  All confirmed dates listed below.

After a flurry of tweets poured through to twitter from fans wanting to tweet to unveil the album cover, James Durbin recently revealed the album cover artwork and full track listing for his sophomore CD release titled, CELEBRATE.  Wind-up Records will release CELEBRATE on April 8, 2014.
Full Track Listing For CELEBRATE:
1.     Children Under the Sun
2.     Parachute
3.     You Can’t Believe
4.     Issues
5.     Fool For You
6.     Louder Than a Loaded Gun
7.     Live Right Now
8.     You’re Not Alone
9.     Forget It
10.Celebrate
11.Real Love
As previously announced,  James, who co-wrote 10 of the albums 11 tracks is busy putting the finishing touches on the 2014 release with producer Scott Stevens. The first single from CELEBRATE is “Parachute and is available for purchase via iTunes at this location >
The lyric video for “Parachute,” an homage to 80’s retro arcade games, made its premiere on Yahoo! Music and can be viewed on James’ VEVO channel on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VjgJCbV5rNE
In addition, a robust album pre-order campaign for CELEBRATE includes the following four offers: 1. Autographed album.  2. Autographed album & exclusive Tourette Syndrome Association (TSA) Charity shirt – $5 from each sale is donated to the TSA.  3. Autographed album & exclusive “CELEBRATE” bracelet.  4. Autographed album & exclusive hoodie & limited edition autographed canvas photo print.  All orders will automatically grant fans access to exclusive VIP opportunities with James (buyers will receive a special code allowing them early purchase for VIP opps and concert tickets).  All orders include an instant download of “Parachute” at http://shop.durbinrock.com/
“Parachute” is the first new music from James since his last two singles “Love Me Bad” and “Stand Up” were released in 2011.  “Love Me Bad” cracked the Top 30 at Hot AC/Top 40 radio while the anthemic NFL rock single “Stand Up” landed in the Top 20.  “Stand Up” was an official NFL anthem used on jumbotrons nationwide during the NFL’s 2011-12 seasons. Both tracks were featured on his debut release Memories Of A Beautiful Disaster which debuted in the Top 10 on Billboard’s Rock Album chart and #36 on Billboard’s Top 200 Album chart.   MOAB has sold over 120,000 copies to date and was named one of Billboard’s Best Rock Albums of 2012.
Parachute” showcases new territory for James leaning more on sing-a-long choruses with crisp pop-rock hooks while still letting his powerful and energetic voice shine.  “Parachute was the 10th song I wrote for the new album and as soon as we finished in the studio I knew it had to be the first single.  I can’t wait for everyone to hear it” said James.  “Parachute” is available on iTunes now and will impact Hot AC & Top 40 radio in January 2014.

2014 Tour Dates

January

3 – The Viper Room – Los Angeles, CA
7 – Belly Up Tavern – Solana Beach, CA
8 – Pub Rock Live – Scottsdale, AZ
10 – HOB-Cambridge Room – Dallas, TX
11 – The Station Bar & Grill – Lafayette, LA
12 – HOB-Peacock Room – Houston, TX
14 – The Parrish – New Orleans, LA
15 – Wills Pub – Orlando, FL
17 – Brewster’s megaplex – Jacksonville, FL
18 – The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
21 – Ziggy’s – Winston-Salem, NC
22 – Lincoln Theater – Raleigh, NC
23 – Empire – Springfield, VA
24 – I Play America – Freehold, NJ
26 – The Note – West Chester, PA
29 – The Hollow – Albany, NY
30 – Marlin Room@ Webster Hall – New York, NY

February

4 – The Rock Factory – Akron, OH
5 – Agora Ballroom – Cleveland, OH
6 – Thompson House – Newport, KY
7 – Austin’s – Libertyville, IL
8 – Another Hole in Wall – Steger, IL
9 – 7th St. Entry – Minneapolis, MN
12 – Marquis Theatre – Denver, CO
15 – The Catalyst – Santa Cruz, CA

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James Durbin Announces “Parachute” Single From Forthcoming 2014 Sophomore Release

James Durbin Announces “Parachute” Single From Forthcoming 2014 Sophomore Release

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James Durbin

James Durbin is gearing up for the sophomore release of his April 8, 2014, as-yet untitled Wind-up Records album, and is giving fans a taste of what’s to come as he is set to digitally release  the first single  “Parachute” on Friday, November 22.

“Parachute will be available for purchase via iTunes on November 22.  A lyric video for “Parachute” is also scheduled to debut in December on James’ VEVO at YouTube channel at this location >.

James is also confirmed to attend the American Music Awards Red Carpet pre-show where he will make a special appearance to debut an exclusive video clip featuring “Parachute” and reveal details about his April 8, 2014 CD release in the 5:00 p.m. EDT/2:00 p.m. PST hour.  Fans can log on at Durbinrock.com,  AMAS.com, ABC.com, Cocacola.com and Yahoo.com to watch it live.

“Parachute” is the first new music from James since his last two singles  “Love Me Bad” and  “Stand Up” were released in 2011.  “Love Me Bad” cracked the Top 30 at Hot AC/Top 40 radio while the anthemic NFL rock single “Stand Up” landed in the Top 20.  “Stand Up” was an official NFL anthem used on jumbotrons nationwide during the NFL’s 2011-12 seasons. Both tracks were featured on his debut release  Memories Of A Beautiful Disaster  which debuted in the Top 10 on Billboard’s Rock Album chart and #36 on Billboard’s Top 200 Album chart.   MOAB has sold over 120,000 copies to date and was named one of Billboard’s Best Rock Albums of 2012.

James, who co-wrote 10 of the albums 11 tracks is busy putting the finishing touches on the 2014 release with producer Scott Stevens.  In advance of the full CD release on April 8, 2014, James will be making several high profile appearances including  the above mentioned American Music Awards Red Carpet pre-show on 11/24.  He also recently performed alongside Dave Grohl and Ryan Bingham at the “Autism Speaks – Blue Jean Ball” in Los Angeles and co-hosted with Lance Bass on the American Music Awards on Demand webshow.  Check out James’ “AMA’s on Demand” segment below.

Parachute” showcases new territory for James leaning more on sing-a-long choruses with crisp pop-rock hooks while still letting his  powerful and energetic voice shine.  “Parachute was the 10th song I wrote for the new album and as soon as we finished in the studio I knew it had to be the first single.  I can’t wait for everyone to hear it” said James.  “Parachute” will be available on iTunes on November 22, 2013 and will impact Hot AC & Top 40 radio in January  2014.

Full track listing and album title to be announced soon.

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Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler To Part Ways With ‘American Idol’

Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler To Part Ways With ‘American Idol’

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Steven Tyler has decided to depart his role as a judge on AMERICAN IDOL. Tyler served as a judge during the 10thand 11th seasons of IDOL.

“After some long……hard……thoughts…I’ve decided it’s time for me to let go of my mistress ‘American Idol’ before she boils my rabbit,” said Steven Tyler.  “I strayed from my first love, AEROSMITH, and I’m back–but instead of begging on my hands and knees, I got two fists in the air and I’m kicking the door open with my band.  The next few years are going to be dedicated to kicking some serious ass–the ultimate in auditory takeover… On Nov 6, we are unleashing our new album, Music from Another Dimension on the Earth, Moon, Mars, and way beyond the stars…’Idol’ was over the top fun, and I loved every minute of it…Now it’s time to bring Rock Back. ERMAHGERD.”

“It’s been a tremendous honor to have Steven–one of the most prolific artists in the world–on AMERICAN IDOL for the past two seasons,” said Mike Darnell, President of Alternative Entertainment, Fox Broadcasting Company.  “He’s been a terrific judge, a true friend and great mentor to everyone involved with the show, and we know he’ll continue to be a huge inspiration to IDOL hopefuls for years to come. We are very sad that Steven has chosen to focus more on his music, but we always knew when we hired a rock ’n’ roll legend, he would go back to the music.  We all wish him all the best and would love to have him back on the show anytime.”

“Steven Tyler is a real ‘Idol,’ a rock legend. If you had told me 10 years ago he would be a judge on AMERICAN IDOL, I would have thought it impossible,” stated IDOL creator and executive producer Simon Fuller. “The fact that this became a reality and we had the pleasure of him gracing our stage for two seasons makes me very proud. I completely understand his desire to get back to his life as the singer in America’s greatest-ever rock band. AMERICAN IDOL will miss him!”

“We’re all very thankful and privileged that Steven joined AMERICAN IDOL two years ago,” said Cecile Frot-Coutaz, CEO, FremantleMedia. “A true music icon, he not only brought rock ’n’ roll to the show, but also his exceptional taste in spotting and nurturing undiscovered talent. We will sincerely miss his poetic phrases, his remarkable creativity and his unique spirit. We’re sad about his departure from the show, but understand his decision to return to music full-time and hope he’ll be back to grace the AMERICAN IDOL stage in seasons to come.”

AMERICAN IDOL is produced by 19 Entertainment, a division of CKX, Inc. and FremantleMedia North America, Inc.

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Memories Of A Beautiful Disaster: James Durbin Discusses His Powerful Debut!

Memories Of A Beautiful Disaster: James Durbin Discusses His Powerful Debut!

The past year has been nothing short of life changing for up-and-coming music superstar James Durbin. Music fans will recognize this powerhouse performer from his run on the last season of “American Idol,” where he brought heavy metal to the the masses by performing Queen and Muse songs and then by singing onstage with metal legends Judas Priest. With his unbridled emotion, his undeniable swagger, his powerhouse voice and five octave range, it didn’t take long for him to garner legions of dedicated fans. With his ‘American Idol’ fading into his rearview, Durbin was quick to take on his biggest challenge to date — his first studio album. For his debut album, he was able to work with some of music’s greatest talents, a process that has elevated his already impressive game to an entirely new level. The results of his countless hours of hard work, dedication and perseverance is the critically acclaimed ‘Memories of a Beautiful Disaster’. The album not only harnesses the powerful energy of his live performances but also showcases his talents as a songwriter with songs that capture the minds and heart of the listener. Jason Price of Icon Vs. Icon recently caught up with James Durbin to discuss his newfound fame, the making of “Memories of a Beautiful Disaster,” how he has managed to stay grounded along the way and the future holds for this rock star on the rise!

Thanks for taking time out of your busy schedule to talk with us, James!

No sweat!

Many music fans discovered you through your time on “American idol.” How did music first come into your life?

My sisters were both in music programs when they were in middle school and high school and my father was a musician. Although my dad wasn’t around too much, it still had a big effect on our family, in the music aspect of things. It really sparked the fire inside of me. My sister was in musical theater and she had the lead in a play called “Damn Yankees.” I got to go every night and see every show, so I became the unofficial mascot of the show. I would be there every night dressed up in a little baseball uniform. It was the very last night of the show and the director let me go up on stage and perform with the play, the high school kids. They didn’t just keep me in the back! They actually pushed me out to the front for a song called “The Game.” I knew all of the words! It was really cool and it was my first experience on stage in front of a packed house! It was really cool! [laughs]

Who were some of your early inspirations who helped to shape the artist we see today?

Oh man, there are so many! I’d have to say artists like Freddie Mercury, Robert Plant, Edgar Winter, Steve Marriott from Humble Pie, Miljenko Matijevic from Steelheart, Jared Leto from 30 Seconds To Mars, Ronnie James Dio, Jeff Fabb formerly of In This Moment and who is currently in my band, Mark Tremonti, Myles Kennedy, Axl Rose and Chad Kroeger of Nickelback.

It has been a whirlwind year for you. How are you adjusting to life in the spotlight?

It has been really fun, ya know? I like to keep quiet and out of the spotlight. My wife, my son and I live in Santa Cruz, California and there is no paparazzi or anything like that. It is a great area because we get to go around and just be ourselves. It is kinda like “Cheers” where everybody knows my name! [laughs] I will be walking down the street to pick up some breakfast and someone will say, “Oh, hey James! How’s it going!” It is really great and I have no complaints!

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How excited are you to finally have “Memories of a Beautiful Disaster” out there for the music fans to enjoy?

It feels great! It is really cool to do that because not everyone has that opportunity. I was really lucky to come off of “American Idol,” put a CD out and the fans really love it. Now we are on tour and we get another opportunity to make new fans. The fans are like your friends and family, ya know? As long as you are good to them, you will always have them on your side. I am really grateful for that and I give them my all when I am performing. I leave my heart on the stage, they can see that and they take it!

That’s a great way to look at things, James. Let’s talk a little bit about the album. What was it about “Memories of a Beautiful Disaster” that made you select that as the title for the album?

It is about looking back on moments in my life I thought were disasters but now I can really see the beauty in them and how they made me the person I am today. They are moments that I would never want to change. No one is perfect. We all make mistakes in our lives but we learn from them and they make us who we are. That is what it means to me.

What can you tell us about your typical songwriting process? I know you worked with some very talented people on this album.

You go into a writing session with an idea and if you don’t have an idea, you go into it with an open mind. If you do that, you will be really surprised with what you come out with! That is exactly what happened with the first track on the record. It is a song that I co-wrote with Marti Frederiksen and James Michael. It was really cool. We went in without a specific idea but started tossing ideas around and it really worked out well.

What did you learn most from your time working with them?

Really, it was “Practice, practice, practice.” Ya know, I asked them what the secret to songwriting was and that is what they told me. I thought that I was going to get this big secret that is locked deep within your mind, the sixth sense! But really, it is just all about practice! I practice as much as I can and anytime I have a thought for a song, I write it down or record it on my iPod because you never know where that idea will take you. Inspiration is all around us!

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Was it difficult for you to find the right mix of songs to bring the album you were envisioning to life?

It wasn’t too difficult. I went in with a very open mind. I wanted it to be very creative and something that showed who I was at that point in time. I think we really captured that and I am very proud of it. Now that we have been playing it live and I have been singing it, I am finding new inspirations and new things I want to do. The best thing about writing as an artist and finding yourself as a musician or a songwriter is that you don’t have to label yourself. I don’t like to put myself into one genre. Personally, I like all types of music from country to bluegrass to indie to folk to rock to glam to metal, the list goes on and on.

From start to finish, what was the biggest challenge in putting this project together?

The biggest challenge was staying sane the entire time! [laughs] I just had to remember to stay focused and not to get upset if something wasn’t happening, if something was bothering me or if I couldn’t find the right word or the right way to finish a line. I just had to push through and keep moving toward the finish line.

Howard Benson produced the album. What do you feel he brought to the table on this project?

This record is Howard Benson, just as much as it is James Durbin. He put his signature sound on the album. It is his signature production, it is Howard Benson. There is no other way to put it.

The album is pretty new at this point. You mentioned looking to the future and growing as an artist but have you already started focusing on new material for a follow-up?

Oh yeah, I am always writing. We are already talking about another record. I don’t want to be the guy who puts out a CD every couple of years. I always want to keep generating music and keep putting new stuff out. I always want to give my fans new stuff that is fresh and exciting!

You are hitting the road with Buckcherry. What are you doing to prepare for that wild ride?

Well, it’s not that wild! They are really in it for the music, ya know? They aren’t in it for the high. I am sure that I will learn how to play Wiffle Ball and learn how to throw and go! [laughs] It’s going to be a lot of fun and we are really looking forward to this tour. It is a great opportunity to tour with a band that has been around as long as they have. They know every which way about their style and exactly what they can and can’t do. It will be cool to draw inspiration from that experience. I am really looking forward to learning from them as they are veterans of the road. I am really looking forward to hearing their stories and how they have learned from their mistakes. It will definitely be a learning experience!

Your live performances speak for themselves and you are amazing on stage. What do you want people to come away with after catching one of your performances?

I really hope they get a better sense of me. What I want is a challenge. I love a challenge! I like singing for a group of people who don’t know who I am and winning them over. I like it when I sing for people who might say, “Oh, that is just some a-hole from American Idol. He probably thinks he is some big head honcho, rock star.” When I am on stage and I am singing, I am genuine, I talk to the people in the audience. I let them know who I am, why I am there and how I consider each and every one of them a fan. Whether they like me or not, they are still standing there, listening to my music and giving me a chance. Just having them standing there, listening to what I have to bring and having them be in the moment really inspires me.

People have definitely been taking notice! You received a Best Lead Vocalist Nomination from the Golden Gods Awards. Actually, an even greater compliment is they named you as one of the “100 Greatest Living Rock Stars” alongside other rock icons, including Ozzy Osbourne, Gene Simmons and Dave Grohl. How big of a surprise was that and how has that impacted you?

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Oh, yeah! It was a huge surprise! I got on the phone for an interview with the guys and said, “OK! Let’s do it! Let’s talk about all of the great rock stars and what made them great! I’d love to give you my opinion!” They said, “Uh, no. What are you talking about? We are naming you one of the 100 greatest living rock stars.” Yeah, it was a BIG shocker! The nomination as well! I didn’t win but I didn’t lose, ya know? I was there! I was there on the black carpet with all of these guys and talking to them! Hearing them say, “It was really awesome what you did for us and what you did for this community, this genre.” Not everyone would go do something like that. Not everyone would have thought to go on “American Idol,” one of the biggest TV shows out there and bringing something as different and far out as metal to the masses who are tuned in. For someone who doesn’t watch the show, they might think it is all pop music. Then comes this dude singing Judas Priest, Zakk Wylde or Sammy Hagar and brings an edge to it with pyro and theatrics, it excited people. I still get that. I have people come up to me after every single show who say, “I never watched that show before you were on there and I haven’t watched it since you were voted off,” just because they are into the style I brought. You know, it’s funny — People are strange! Especially when you are a stranger!” [laughs]

Well said! [laughs] What are your thoughts on the current state of rock music? You are definitely out doing your part to spread the word and up the game!

Wow, thank you! I guess rock music is in limbo right now. It will come back around though. Like you said, I feel like we are doing our part. That is all we can do is play the type of music that inspired us in the first place and play it for a whole new generation of kids. It really gives me hope that I will be on the radio in the years to come and hear some truly amazing stuff!

You are also using your rockstar powers for good as a spokesperson for the STAR Alliance anti-bullying campaign. How did you get involved and how has it impacted you?

James Durbin

I was bullied all through elementary school, middle school and high school. It really affected me as a person and who I am today. If that stuff hadn’t happened to me, I couldn’t tell you where I would be today. I guess I would probably be an accountant or something! [laughs] I have always been a big fan of the WWE and professional wrestling. Being bullied and picked on as a kid, I was really looking for an outlet. I was flipping through channels on the TV one day, when I was around 10 years old, and stumbled across the world of professional wrestling. I saw these guys who were superheroes or Norse Gods going at it, duking it out, one on one. I knew in my heart that these guys were probably just like me at some point, getting bullied and picked on as awkward kids. Seeing what they had become and the level that they were performing on gave me hope for my future. WWE really inspired me. Now, with WWE and The Creative Coalition working hand in hand for “be a STAR” (www.beastaralliance.org), it is great because I get to go to schools and tell my story. Growing up, I was beaten up, had bottles thrown at the back of my head and I was assaulted twice. I never fought back. I always did the right thing and told someone. The word “snitch” doesn’t mean a thing to me. I am proud that I did the right thing. I went and told someone and the kid ended up getting moved to a different school. There came a point where my favorite teacher retired and that was the only thing keeping me at my school. There was so much bullying, I ended up switching districts and schools. I went to the new school and guess who is there? The kid that threw the bottle at my head! He came up to me, nose to nose and apologized. He got in big trouble for the original incident. From there on out, I never had problems with him. We would nod as we passed each other in the halls, that was it. So, this is a project that I am really passionate about. These days, with the rise of social media, YouTube, Facebook and everything else, kids today are exposed to much more than we were. The reality is that kids are killing themselves because some kid at school is harassing them and calling them names. It is horrible. It’s really awful and people have been in denial about it for so many years, it is unbelieveable. It is great that someone is finally stepping up and we have a president that is bringing attention to it. It is strange that it has taken this long but it is exciting to see people are becoming more aware of the issue.

It’s great seeing you lending your voice to something you are so passionate about.

Thank you! It is my pleasure!

What is the best piece of advice someone has given you in regards to your career?

Steven Tyler gave me the best piece of advice. He said it on the show, flat out and for me it went a long way. He said, “Don’t get too poppy on me! Remember who you are.” It was after I sang Bon Jovi. I guess ol’ Bon Jovi got a little too poppy for ol’ Steven! [laughs] But I am trying to stick to my guns and stick with who I am. If one person doesn’t like it, I will go somewhere else and find someone who does believe in me!

In your opinion, what does the future hold for James Durbin musically?

To be able to keep doing what I am doing now is my dream. Being a working musician who is able to support myself and my family, doing what I love to do and making new friends is all you could ask for. One of my good friends, Myles Kennedy, has been in a lot of great bands and knows a lot about who he is and where he can go as a vocalist who has a five octave range. That is where I learned about that, is by studying him and his vocal style. I found out how he does it and now I have a five octave range as well! He was in The Mayfield Four, Alterbridge and now he is performing with Slash! Actually, he just performed with the guys from Guns N’ Roses at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction because Axl Rose is a piece of work! But Myles is a great example of what you can do with a dream when you aren’t afraid to follow it! Right now, I am 23 years old and I have my whole life ahead of me to figure this all out! That is the cool thing about having the opportunity to be in the limelight at this age — I am making memories in people’s heads about who I am, people in the industry. If one thing doesn’t work out, there will always be something else further down the line. It is an exciting time to say the least!

Is there anything you want to tell your fans before I let you go?

I’d like to tell my fans, every chance I get, that we can’t do this without them! They are the driving force behind our careers. They buy the albums and come out to the shows – they do everything. The fans are it! We do it for them! I know our fans will always support us and be right behind us. We will be right behind them as well!

Thank you for your time today, James! We look forward to spreading the word now and in the future!

Awesome! Thank you so much! See you soon!

For the latest information and tour dates from James Durbin, swing by his official website at www.durbinrock.com! Be sure to like him on Facebook and follow his adventures on Twitter!

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Scotty McCreery: Stream ‘American Idol’ Song “Please Remember Me”

Scotty McCreery: Stream ‘American Idol’ Song “Please Remember Me”

Fans can now stream Scotty McCreery’s cover of Tim McGraw’s “Please Remember Me,” the new official American Idol Goodbye song. The track plays during the “goodbye video” at the end of each elimination episode this season, and is available now on iTunes.

Scotty McCreery – Please Remember Me by Interscope Records

As a finalist for the Academy of Country Music’s New Artist of the Year Award, Scotty McCreery is featured in the new Road to the ACM Awards web series on CBS.com. The original 5-part series also includes appearances by New Artist of the Year nominees Brantley Gilbert and Hunter Hayes, and follows the young country stars on their journey to the 47th Annual Awards Show. Watch Scotty’s exclusive webisode streaming now at CBS.com/ACMs.

Fans can also head over to www.VoteACM.com to show their support for Scotty in the final round of voting for the New Artist award. The winner will be announced live on the show, which will be broadcast from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on Sunday, April 1st at 8:00pm EST/PST on CBS. Scotty is also appearing on the ACM New Artist of the Year Showcase on GAC, hosted by The Band Perry and showing through-out the next few days on the network.

Fans should be sure to pick up a a limited edition Scotty McCreery t-shirt bundle of his Gold-certified album Clear As Day exclusively at Walmart.com, and check out the completed “Vote Scotty” video project made up entirely of fan submitted clips.

For more of the latest news on Scotty, visit his official site at scottymccreery-official.com.

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Scotty McCreery Featured In CBS.com ACM Awards Web Series

Scotty McCreery Featured In CBS.com ACM Awards Web Series

As a finalist for the Academy of Country Music’s New Artist of the Year Award, Scotty McCreery is featured in the new Road to the ACM Awards web series on CBS.com. The original 5-part series also includes appearances by New Artist of the Year nominees Brantley Gilbert and Hunter Hayes, and follows the young country stars on their journey to the 47th Annual Awards Show. Watch Scotty’s exclusive webisode streaming now atCBS.com/ACMs.

Fans can also head over to www.VoteACM.com to show their support for Scotty in the final round of voting for the New Artist award. The winner will be announced live on the show, which will be broadcast from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on Sunday, April 1st at 8:00pm EST/PST on CBS. Scotty is also appearing on the ACM New Artist of the Year Showcase on GAC, hosted by The Band Perry and showing through-out the next few days on the network.

Fans should be sure to pick up a a limited edition Scotty McCreery t-shirt bundle of his Gold-certified album Clear As Day exclusively at Walmart.com,and check out the completed “Vote Scotty” video project made up entirely of fan submitted clips.

For more of the latest news on Scotty, visit his official site at scottymccreery-official.com.

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