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

LOS ANGELES, CA–(Marketwire – Oct 19, 2011) – American Idol finalist James Durbin is gearing up for the release of his Wind-Up albumMemories 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.

Unforgettable performances 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 is 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, Daughtry, 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 asperger’s 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:
Higher Than Heaven
All I Want
Love In Ruins
Right Behind You
Love Me Bad
Outcast – feat. Mick Mars
Everything Burns
Stand Up

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Source: Market Wire


It’s Official: James Has Signed with Wind Up


“The 1st certified metalhead of the show’s decade-long reign” – Revolver Magazine
New York NY – Wind-up Records is pleased to announce that it has signed season 10 American Idol fan-favorite and resident-rocker, James Durbin to a recording contract. Durbin will continue to be managed by 19 Entertainment’s President, Iain Pirie, GM Josh Klemme (formerly manager of Buckcherry and one of the managers of Steven Tyler) and Red Light Management’s Mark DiDia.
Of the signing, Durbin states, “Wind-up Records isn’t a label, it’s a family and I wanted to be a part of that. They are true music fans that want to see me have a long career as an artist. I couldn’t have asked for more when signing a record deal.”
Santa Cruz CA native, James Durbin, 22, rocked the stage of Idol every week with his signature high-pitched scream and touched the hearts of America throughout the season as he opened up about his Asperger and Tourette syndrome. Fans and critics alike flocked to Durbin in praise and inspiration as his love of rock prevailed. Durbin continues to showcase his inner rock-star as he brings arenas to their feet on the American Idol Live tour with his energetic performances. He is also mid-way through recording his debut album with Grammy nominated producer, famed rock producer Howard Benson (Daughtry, P.O.D, My Chemical Romance, 3 Doors Down). Wind-up will release Durbin’s debut album this fall.
Iain Pirie comments “James wowed audiences on American Idol with his dramatic and flamboyant style and he’s proving to be a huge hit on this summer’s American Idol tour. We are thrilled to be working with our friends Howard Benson and the team Wind-up on James’ debut album.”
Wind-up Entertainment CEO Edward Vetri shared, “We loved James on Idol. We thought he was the standout performer from this season. His passion for rock music made him a natural fit for Wind-up Records.” He goes on, “James has the drive, passion, love of music and a gifted, soaring rock voice that will win rock fans over throughout. Gregg Wattenberg, Wind-up’s Chief Creative Officer, added, “When the possibility of signing James Durbin to Wind-up Records came up, we knew it was a no-brainer. James is a rock star. We’re all excited to have him as part of the family and can’t wait to let his fans hear his debut album.”

James to Sign with Wind Up Records?

James Durbin


Red Light Management
Mark DiDia


19 Entertainment
Iain Pirie
Lane Newland


Creative Artists Agency
Jeff Frasco

Artist Bio


Finishing 4th place on season 10 of American Idol, America has become to love the guy with the high pitch scream and his love of rock. But beyond the stage, fans also have flocked to him in praise and inspiration for being such an aspiring IDOL even outside of his singing.

Born on January 6th, 1989 in Santa Cruz California, James suffered the loss of his father at the age of nine years old. Shortly after his fathers drug overdose, he was diagnosed with Tourette syndrome and Asperger syndrome. Not letting that stop him from his passion of singing and playing music, James attended MusicScool, a music school run by Dale Ockerman and performed in groups ‘The While Album Ensemble’ and ‘Guitarmy’.

With an extension into the theater world, James performed in a children’s theater group called Kids On Broadway and played the lead role in GREASE and Beauty And The Beast. He also played the leading roles of Tony in West Side Story and Oscar in Sweet Charity. In 2008, Durbin appeared in Alan Parson’s ART & SCIENCE OF SOUND RECORDING educational video series, recording a version of Parson’s WE PLAY THE GAME at Ex’pression College for Digital Arts.

With a dream to make it big, James previously auditioned for American Idol in Season 8, but was not advanced. Returning for the season 10 auditions, Durbin advanced through Hollywood week and into the top 4.

Tagged with the line, ‘Give Metal a Chance’, Durbin shined with his performances of “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” as well as “Heavy Metal” and later on the finale alongside British heavy metal band Judas Priest.

Continuing to be an inspiration to his fans, his fianc Heidi and son Hunter keep him inspired and he keeps them close to his heart while out traveling with the American Idols Live Tour. Currently exploring options for a record label with WIND UP Records, this is indeed not the last we will see of Durbin…especially if his fans have anything to do with it.