Since being voted off of American Idol back in May, James Durbin has been busy ramping up his professional music career, which officially launches this month. With an album debut scheduled for November 21st entitled, "Memories of a Beautiful Disaster," Durbin will be releasing the video for "Love Me Bad" on VEVO November 16th. The song is a great power ballad with commercial appeal and will also be available on iTunes November 29th. In addition, Durbin’s team has released the single "Stand Up" to help promote his album and upcoming tour.
Durbin signed with Wind Up Records (of Creed & Evanescence fame) a few months ago and there are many fans eager to support his efforts. In preparation for his upcoming tour, Durbin also has announced that Drummer Jeff Fabb and guitarist Blake Bunzel of the California metal group In This Moment have joined his band.
James Durbin was the subject of an American Idol controversy when he was voted off, as documented on this and other sites. Voter confusion, along with potential phone and texting errors may have been responsible for his premature departure. There are many, however, who have noted that his early exit may have been a blessing in disguise, since the top two finalists are typically more creatively restricted by American Idol-backed producers and record labels.
Diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome and Tourette’s at an early age, Durbin has overcome enormous obstacles to get where he is today, including the death of his father when he was nine-years-old. James has a large backing within the special needs community and hopefully, he will use his newfound notoriety and fame to promote awareness and acceptance for those with autism and other special needs.
We wish the best of luck to James and will be fully supporting him, which includes the purchase of his new album when it becomes available later this month.