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James Durbin to speak in Aptos
Santa Cruz Sentinel
POSTED: 03/25/2014 08:08:10 PM PDT0 COMMENTS| UPDATED: 12 DAYS AGO

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James Durbin performs on the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk in 2012. (DAN COYRO/Santa Cruz Sentinel)
It's been an amazing journey for 25-year-old James Durbin. From a Santa Cruz kid struggling with the twin diagnosis of Tourette's and Asperger's syndromes to national star recognized for his astounding vocal talents, Durbin has a compelling story to tell.

And on Saturday, he's going to tell it.

Durbin will appear at Cabrillo College's Samper Recital Hall in Aptos, live in a one-on-one conversation with Wallace Baine of the Santa Cruz Sentinel to chat about his unusual and often painful upbringing, his dazzling 2011 experience on "American Idol," which culminated in the spectacle of Durbin Day at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, and his life since "Idol" as a professional singer/songwriter.

He also is set to release his second album, "Celebrate," on April 8, which means he may even do a song or two.

"When I was a kid and I was diagnosed, it was like the doctor was saying, 'Here is your sign. Here is what you're supposed to be. This is what you'll contribute to society. You're going to be a failure. You're going to be a mess-up. You're not going to be able to do anything with your life,'" Durbin said. "But now, it's my job to meet with kids and adults who've been diagnosed and let them know that it doesn't have to be that way. Everyone has dreams, and those dreams can be a reality. Yeah, it's hard to flip a switch and everything be different. But it's completely possible. It just takes time."

The event takes place at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $15 general; $12 students and seniors; $10 Cabrillo students. For information, see