Add American Idol Season 10 contestant James Durbin to the ever-growing list of artists who are releasing albums this fall. It was announced on the California heavy metal enthusiast’s website that he’s signed a label deal with Wind-Up Records, home, at one time or other, of Evanescence, Creed and Five For Fighting. Rock on!
“Wind-up Records isn’t a label, it’s a family and I wanted to be a part of that. They are true music fans that want to see me have a long career as an artist. I couldn’t have asked for more when signing a record deal,” Durbin said in a statement that was posted on his official site yesterday.
The 22-year-old rocker has spent his time since finishing in fourth place on Idol feuding then making up with Season 8 runner-up Adam Lambert (oh, just kidding) and trekking across the country on the American Idols Live! Tour. After this Saturday’s Rochester, New York gig, the tour will wind down with two final shows in the Philippines on September 20 and 21.
James is working on the album with Howard Benson, who has produced songs for Kelly Clarkson (including “I Do Not Hook Up”), Orianthi and Daughtry.
“We loved James on Idol. We thought he was the standout performer from this season. His passion for rock music made him a natural fit for Wind-up Records,” Wind-up Entertainment CEO Edward Vetri said in a statement. Durbin’s debut album will be released “round November,” says James’ site.