James Durbin Press Release
Rocker Taking Different Tracks to Rock and Top 40 Radio
“Being on Idol was an invaluable experience,” says James Durbin, who took the #4 slot on the 2010 edition of American Idol, “I wouldn’t trade it for the world. But I am really excited to do my own thing and show people my range. I was ready to rock on this record and couldn't be more proud of the results."
Not false bravado when you consider the source. At 22 years of age, Durbin has already made his mark on the Idol stage. Now, with Memories of a Beautiful Disaster due November 21 on Wind Up Records, he’s ready to prove he is the real deal. So strong is the belief in Durbin, who is managed by 19 Entertainment, that two different tracks are being released to radio at the same time. The anthemic rocker “Stand Up,” which will also featured in various NFL promotions throughout the Fall, will be released to Rock Radio and “Love Me Bad” will go to Top 40 radio.
Rocking out on Idol each week, James became a fan-favorite with his infectious energetic performances and signature rock star yowl. Not the typical contestant, Durbin touched viewers with his private struggles [he has dealt with asperger and tourette syndrome] as well as his devotion to rock n’ roll. James is a true AI success story, so when presented with a chance to make his own record He chose wisely, enlisting producer Howard Benson ( My Chemical Romance, Daughtry, Motorhead) to help guide him through this highly anticipated debut release. Having co-written five tracks on the album, James was honored to work with some of the top rock songwriters in music today including James Michael (Sixx AM, Mötley Crüe), Marti Frederiksen (Aerosmith, Buckcherry, Ozzy) and Swedish rockers Hardcore Superstar. A stand out moment for James during the recording of Memories of a Beautiful Disaster came with the track “Outcast," which features the insane guitar licks of Mötley Crüe’s Mick Mars. Says longtime Crüe fan James, “It was so surreal to be in the same room with the one and only Mick Mars. When he started laying down his tracks I literally lost my mind. He’s a true legend and he’s playing on my record. It doesn't get cooler than that!”
Memories of a Beautiful Disaster is where James Durbin confirms what all of those who voted for him week after week on Idol already knew –he is a rock star on the rise!
Full track listing for Memories of a Beautiful Disaster is:
Higher Than Heaven
All I Want
Love In Ruins
Right Behind You
Love Me Bad