September 3, 2009
Now, I know many wouldn’t have a clue who he is but my gays surely remember American Idol first season contestant Jim Verraros.
Sure, it has nothing to do with his stint on AI and has everything to do with the fact that the out-and-proud and once-portly contestant lost tons of weight and parlayed a career in gay cinema by starring in part of the cult-following-ish Eating Out indie flix series.
Well, Verraros is set to marry his partner of almost four years, Bill Brennan. The couple met on of all places Myspace and have been inseparable since. There seems to be a huge age difference between the pair, not to mention some interesting photos of really nice property amid lavish acreage they probably share. Wonder who is pulling in the dollars? Could it be the B-list, psedu-celeb with an indie-flick under his belt? Or the older gentleman caller with the frosted tips and greying roots? Hmmm… I am kidding. No speculations here. I am happy for the… gold-digger and the hare… I mean couple. I kid, I kid.
File under: Their wedding website is really looking like a Star Jones wedding blitz mishap.
September 2, 2009
USA Today reports that last season American Idol third-placer, Danny Gokey has inked a deal with 19 Recordings/RCA Nashville. Yes, the Nashville part means he will venture into country musicdom for his album (no producers have been assigned yet).
Though he did sing several country tunes on the show, it still seems a rather peculiar move for someone who seems to possess R&B/soulful stylings more than anything else.
Gokey says during his time on Idol he was “wet behind the ears” and was still trying to figure himself out but found he could “relate most” to country. Boy, you could put that pain and loss into a great Scott Storch remix. Kidding but come on! Doesn’t seem inventive to just switch over to country so unceremoniously! As he was one of the last to ink a deal, I wonder if he has really thought this all out or if desperation was a culprit.
Call me a bitter skeptic but though middle-America and those below the Mason Dixon Line may find this ultra-exciting, I think it is yet another calculated and erroneous move, putting Idol and its winners dangerously close to being even more out-of-touch and blah!
File under: Now, I am much more interested in hearing the upcoming releases from the other three finalists (Chris Allen, Adam Lambert and Allison Iraheta) who have all landed deals and have releases in the fall.
August 10, 2009
So I got a pre-official-release copy and listen of 20 year-old Georgia-bred singer, Jessie James’s new self-titled album. This self-proclaimed “old soul” has some stellar pipes if I do write so myself. Her voice — akin to say Christina Aguilera (who she sites as one of her influences) — is full, rich, and versatile.
Versatility is what this album provides even in its genres — as it offers rock to pop to even hip-hop (notably, found on the song “Blue Jeans”). “When I first tried to get a record deal, my real problem was I couldn’t put my music in a single box,” James details.
That undeniable twang she bellows throughout the album shows this Southern girl’s country influences/roots more than anything though! While I am not a major fan of country, I do love me some Carrie Underwood and Dixie Chicks from time to time! I think Jessie James may just get some rotations on my iPOD as well. There are definitely some infectious tunes on the album. And how can she go wrong working with the likes of hit songwriter Kara DioGuardi (yes, from American Idol fame) on the her first single “Wanted”; Josh Kear, who wrote Underwood’s “Before He Cheats, and co-penned with James her track “Guilty”; and some other chart-topping creators.
Take a listen when it hits stores tomorrow! My fave? “Blue Jeans”!
File under: I never did go country line dancing with you!
June 10, 2009
Rolling Stone has released a sneak peak of its most highly-anticipated article featuring American Idol runner-up, Adam Lambert. In it, he says he is in fact… wait… wait… wait for it… G-A-Y. Stunner, I know! I mean the shots of his beaming boyfriend in the audience during the competition and the hoards of pictures of him in varying states of drag-dress truly aren’t enough. We need to hear it from the horse’s mouth and dedicate a cover story to it! It’s the only thing left!
Sequin jackets aside, I think Lambert is actually a very talented singer and if he has some great songs in his corner, I think he should be a major success. It’s sad that the issue of his sexuality has clouded much else but I don’t know if I expected much else. What I can appreciate is that he is willing to set it straight that he is “proud” and readily “embraces” his sexuality! Kudos to you, Adam. I know a lot of celebrities who should do the same.
Does anyone else think his voice is reminiscent of Axl Rose? I was waiting all season for him to sing a Guns N’ Roses’ song then I remembered that Rose probably would never give clearance for any of his songs on A.I. Though we did get to see Lambert with Slash. I guess that’s as close as we are going to get.
File under gratuitous outings.