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March 6, 2014
EXCLUSIVE: James Durbin’s Celebrate comes from a ‘happy place’
by Casey Blohm

One of American Idol’s most memorable rockers is back with his sophomore album. Pre-orders began this week for James Durbin’s Celebrate, which will be released on April 8th, 2014.

The Season 10 contestant told That’s Your Reality, “It really feels great to be back with new music and finally get new material out to the fans”. His first album, Memoirs of a Beautiful Disaster, came out in 2011 and James said he had just weeks to record and finish it.

This time around, he felt he really had the time to pour his heart out into his music. “For my second album, I really wrote from a ‘happy’ place. My last album was a bit darker and I was not as happy in life. I got to write a lot with this one and talk about the memories that I am fond of in my past,” he told us. “It’s also been great to work with a lot of great writers, people working with everyone from Selena Gomez to Rob Zombie.”

Today on AmericanIdol.com, James premiered the video for the first single, “Parachute”, and the response has been overwhelmingly positive. He told us that he feels this album is off to a great start. The singer will also be in the Idol audience tonight, along with Casey Abrams, and still watches the show each week. His advice to the current crop of contestants is to connect with fans, which is how they’ll get viewers and votes.

James said that he will continue to make great music for as long as people will continue listening and also said that when he’s not writing or singing, he loves art and canvas painting.

James is on a radio tour through May and will also be performing some solo dates throughout that time period. Look out for Celebrate to be released April 8th and make sure to follow James on Twitter @durbinrock.