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!