Get ready to flap and rock around the Christmas tree with James Durbin! Listen to a new Christmas single from the American Idol contender with Aspergers:
"'Santa Claus Is Back In Town' has ALWAYS been my favorite Christmas song," says James. "It's Elvis, and who doesn't like Elvis? Ha!" Explaining how he and his bandmates came up with this not-so-silent-night version of the Elvis classic, James says: "One day while we were writing and recording the new record in Nashville, and we sat down with our producer James Michael and started jamming on this song. We found this killer, Van Halen-esque punk hybrid sound, and decided to record.
"Except for the background vocals, it's all one take, hence my cough and [drummer] Jeff Fabb's opening line, 'One take, come on.' We just hope everyone has as much fun with the song as we did, and has a very merry Christmas."
My friend Jacob was great and told me that Aspergian Idol James Durbin was performing this morning just a couple of miles from where I live. But I was too scared to go. They don't sell chainsaws at Santana Row.
Still, I offer you three ways to experience Durbin mania today:
1. Watch the official video for his single "Love Me Bad" above.
2. Listen to his album Memories of a Beautiful Disaster for free until November 28.
3. Buy it on iTunes on support both James and thAutcast!
It's been awhile since we checked in on James Durbin, American Idol's favorite aspie, although. He was on Ryan Seacrest's radio show this week and talked about his new single, "Love Me Bad:
"We actually had to postpone the recording, because my voice gave out", Durbin said. "My producer wouldn’t let me record the song. So, that was pretty funny, I’m like ‘Come on man, I can do this song, I swear’, he said, ‘No You’ve had enough, man’".
Apparently, James’ vocal chords temporarily failed, due to all the strain he’d put on them trying to sing his heart out.
His other single, intended for rock stations, is "Stand Up."
Watch James Durbin as the Idols perform "Forget You."
Extremely cool news via thAutcast friend Beth Arky-- James Durbin has signed with Wind-Up records:
At New York's Wind-up Records Durbin joins top-selling acts like Evanescence and Creed. "We loved James on Idol," said Wind-up Entertainment CEO Edward Vetri. "We thought he was the standout performer from this season. His passion for rock music made him a natural fit."
James' album will be released in November.
Reasons why I love the video above of James Durbin performing "Forget You" on the Idol Tour:
It's a group number, but the camera always stays on James. This is amusingly obsessive and simulates pretty well what it would have been like for me to be in the audience.
When the focus is away from him, on other singers, James gets pretty stimmy.
James is great!!!!! Go, James! Sing higher! Higher!
The audience loves him as much as the crazed fan with the camera and we do. Listen to them cheer.