American Idol’s James Durbin Attracts an Army of Rock Royalty For Debut Album, Memories Of A Beautiful Disaster
First Two Singles Impact Rock and Top 40 Radio
Rocker Reveals Track Listing
October 2011 Los Angeles, CA – American Idol finalist, James Durbin, is gearing up for the release of his Wind-Up album Memories Of A Beautiful Disaster on November 21st, and is giving fans a taste of what’s to come as he reveals the track list and first two singles from the highly anticipated debut. The anthemic lead single “Stand Up” will go to rock radio and the power-charged “Love Me Bad” will go to Top 40.
on the Idol stage with legends such as Judas Priest and Zakk Wylde
led Durbin’s own “Idols” to support the rocker’s
first ever release. Mick Mars of Mötley Crüe, songwriters
James Michael (Sixx A.M, Mötley Crüe) and Marti Frederiksen
(Aerosmith, Buckcherry, Ozzy Osbourne) along with Swedish rock band
Hardcore Superstar. Durbin, who co-wrote five of the albums tracks
exclaimed it was “surreal” to be working with this bevy
of rock royalty and recalls, “When Mick Mars started shredding
on his guitar I literally lost my mind.” The long-time Mötley
Crüe fan continued saying, “He’s a true rock legend
and he’s playing on my record. It doesn’t get any cooler
than that.” Mick Mars echoed the same fervor, “It was
sick to have played on James’ debut album. To be the only
featured guest artist on the record was really cool as I know a
lot of others wanted to be on it. James Durbin kicks ass, he’s
the real deal.”
“Stand Up” is a gleaming showcase for Durbin’s signature rock-star yowl and powerful, energetic voice and the NFL agrees. It has tapped the single as its stadium anthem for the 2011 season featuring it on jumbotrons nationwide during games this fall and are featuring it on their “Game Day” EP as the song impacts radio.
22 year-old Durbin was guided throughout the making of “Memories Of A Beautiful Disaster” by leading rock producer, Howard Benson. Benson (My Chemical Romance, Daughty, Motorhead) gives Durbin room to evolve musically on the hard-hitting album saying the opportunity to work with Durbin was “Pretty Simple: I loved his voice. I think he has a compelling story to tell.” Benson, who kept his eye on Durbin throughout Idol thought “it was interesting that he spoke his mind and didn’t back down from who he was. That’s always a good sign.”
On American Idol, James Durbin waved the flag for rock and it was that devotion to rock that helped him overcome his private struggles with tourette’s and aspergers syndrome. He touched the hearts of people everywhere while on the show, and with the release of “Memories Of A Beautiful Disaster” he is ready to wave that flag high again.
Full track listing for Memories Of A Beautiful Disaster is: