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Kelly Clarkson

Kelly Brianne Clarkson (born April 24, 1982 in Fort Worth, TX) is a Grammy-winning American singer-songwriter and occasi...

400,000 - 600,000
{"key":"19377","name":"Kelly Clarkson","bio":"Kelly Brianne Clarkson (born April 24, 1982 in Fort Worth, TX) is a Grammy-winning American singer-songwriter and occasional actress. Clarkson recorded her debut album with RCA Records after having won the highly-publicized first season of the television series American Idol in 2002. Though originally marketed as a pop musician, she eventually developed a more rock-oriented image. Her debut album, Thankful, was released in 2003 and debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 with almost 300,000 copies sold in its first week, now certified double platinum with over 4.5 million copies sold. Her first single, A Moment Like This, broke the record for largest leap to #1, shooting from #52 to #1, where it remained for two weeks. The second single, Miss Independent, was also a success, hitting #1 on the US Top 40 Mainstream chart and remaining there for six weeks. Further singles Low and The Trouble With Love Is were released but failed to mimic the success of her previous songs. However, Low managed to become a hit in Canada and reached #2. To date, Thankful has been certified 2x Platinum in the United States, Platinum in Canada and Gold in Australia.Her second studio album, Breakaway, was released in 2004 and debuted at #3 on the Billboard 200 and also at #3 in the UK album charts. It is her biggest selling album to date, selling over 6 million copies in the US and 15 million worldwide, making it the most successful album released so far by an American Idol alumnus. The first single in the US, Breakaway, peaked at #6 in the Billboard Hot 100 and #22 in the UK. Arguably her biggest single from the album, Since U Been Gone followed and peaked at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #5 on the UK singles chart, marking the beginning of a successful worldwide music career for Clarkson. It won a Grammy award in 2006 for \"Best Female Pop Vocal Performance\". Behind These Hazel Eyes was the next single, reaching #6 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #9 in the UK chart. Because Of You was then released to huge sucess, hitting #1 in 5 countries, peaking at #7 on both the Billboard Hot 100 and UK singles chart. Clarkson\u2019s final single, Walk Away, peaked at #12 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #21 on the UK singles chart. The album has been certified multi-platinum in at least 6 countries, going 7x Platinum in Ireland, 6x Platinum in the US and Australia, 5x Platinum in the UK and Canada, and 3x Platinum in New Zealand. The album won a Grammy award in 2006 for \"Best Pop Vocal Album.\"Clarkson\u2019s third album, entitled My December, was released in 2007. It peaked at #2 on the US and UK album charts. Her first single, Never Again, was released worldwide and reached #8 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #9 on the UK singles chart. She then released Sober in America, which did not perform as well on the charts as Never Again, peaking at #10 on the Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100. One Minute was subsequently released in Australia, peaking at #36 on the Australian singles chart. Don\u2019t Waste Your Time followed, peaking at #14 on the Australian singles chart. The album's somewhat disappointing performance may be attributed to ongoing negative press and poor publicity. Nonetheless, My December has been certified Platinum in the US, Australia and Canada, and Gold in the UK and Ireland.Clarkson\u2019s fourth album titled All I Ever Wanted was released in early 2009. Debuting at #1, it received favourable reviews from critics worldwide. The lead single, My Life Would Suck Without You, advanced from #97 to #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in its first week of release, breaking the record for the largest leap to the position in chart history. This marks the second time Clarkson has broken that record, the first time being with her single A Moment Like This. My Life Would Suck Without You also reached #1 in the UK charts, making it her first #1 there. Her second single from the album, I Do Not Hook Up, peaked at #20 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #36 on the UK singles chart. The third single from the album, Already Gone, was released on August 11, 2009 in America and the 21st in Australia. It has so far peaked at #12 in Australia, #15 in Canada, #23 in New Zealand, #66 in the UK, #13 on the Billboard Hot 100 and spent 8 weeks at #1 on the Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary songs chart. All I Ever Wanted was announced as the fourth single from the album and was released on March 9, 2010. All I Ever Wanted has charted at #1 in the US, #2 in Australia and Canada, #3 in the UK and #6 in New Zealand, selling over 1.2 million copies worldwide so far. The album received a 2010 Grammy nomination for \"Best Pop Vocal Album.\"Mr. Know It All, the first single from Clarkson\u2019s fifth album Stronger, debuted on August 30, 2011 during a live webcast hosted by the singer. The song was sent to radio for adds immediately after and was made available for download on September 5, 2011. It has since peaked in the top 20 of singles charts worldwide, including a #1 peak in South Korea, #1 in Australia, #4 in the UK, and #10 in the US, thus becoming her ninth top ten hit overall in the US. Stronger was released worldwide on October 24, 2011, charting at #2 in the US, #5 in the UK, #3 in Australia, and #4 in Canada. Stronger is her fifth consecutive album to debut within the top 3 in the US and has sold over a million copies worldwide since its release. Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You) was released in early 2012 to massive success; it became Clarkson's third #1 and tenth top-ten hit overall in the US, and likewise peaked in the top ten of countries worldwide. Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You) has since become Clarkson's biggest radio hit to date in the US and even topped the Billboard Dance charts, making Clarkson the only artist in history to have a #1 on Hot 100, Pop, Country, HAC, AC & Dance charts. Dark Side has since been announced and released as the album's third single worldwide.In a career spanning over a decade, Clarkson has accumulated ninety-one number ones on the Billboard charts and eleven international number one singles, and has sold over 20 million albums worldwide. She is known for her vocal versatility and range. Her music has mainly dealt with themes of heartbreak, independence, and self-empowerment for women and young teens. Apart from her work in music, Clarkson has also ventured into television and film. Clarkson's film debut was in the romantic musical From Justin to Kelly (2003) and she also appeared in American Dreams as Brenda Lee, in Reba, on The Voice as a guest advisor, on Duets as a mentor and judge. Clarkson's musical work has also gained her numerous accolades, including three Grammy Awards, three MTV Video Music Awards, twelve Billboard Music Awards, four American Music Awards, two Academy of Country Music Awards, two American Country Awards, and a Women's World Award. In 2012, Clarkson was ranked nineteenth on VH1's list of \"100 Greatest Women in Music.\" In 2013, Clarkson was ranked number 105 on Joel Whitburn's \"Top 500 Artists Of All Time,\" number 5 on both \"Top Billboard 200 Female Artists\" and \"Adult Contemporary Artists,\" number 27 on \"Top Billboard 200 Artists,\" and number 75 on Billboard's \"Hot 100: Top 100 Artists.\" Billboard also ranked Clarkson as the 14th-best-selling artist of the 2000s and one of the top 200 album sellers of the Nielsen SoundScan era at number 187.","featuredImage":"http:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/19377_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"400,000 - 600,000"}

Daughtry

Daughtry is a rock band from the McLeansville, North Carolina area that former American Idol contestant Chris Daughtry f...

150,000 - 300,000
{"key":"1047","name":"Daughtry","bio":"Daughtry is a rock band from the McLeansville, North Carolina area that former American Idol contestant Chris Daughtry formed in 2006. They're perhaps best known for their top 40 hits \"It's Not Over\" and \"Waiting for Superman\", those songs along with others receiving strong international airplay. Daughtry's self-titled debut album was released on November 21, 2006 by RCA and 19 Entertainment and quickly sold over a million copies. The band has incorporated influences from post-grunge artists as well as contemporary hard rock and alternative singer-songwriter music.Chris Daughtry (born December 26, 1979) is an American rock guitarist, singer, and songwriter. He was the fourth-place finalist on the highly publicized fifth season of American Idol, eliminated from the competition on May 10, 2006. After his fallout from Idol, he was given a record deal by RCA Records. His self-titled debut album sold over 300,000 copies it's first week, and, with more than one million copies sold after just five weeks of release, 'Daughtry' became the fastest selling debut rock album in history.In the ninth week of release for 'Daughtry', the album also reached number one on the Billboard charts. Chris Daughtry is the third most successful American Idol contestant in the history of the show in terms of record sales, listed just behind Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood (who both won their seasons). He is the most successful contestant from his own season and also the most successful non-winner or non-runner up artist ever. At the 50th Grammy Awards ceremony, he was nominated for 4 awards, including 'Best Rock Album' as well as 'Best Rock Song' for \"It's Not Over\".Though Chris Daughtry, the lead singer of the band, is a talented songwriter, he still has collaborated with several other outside songwriters. These include LIVE's Ed Kowalczyk, Fuel's Carl Bell, Brad Arnold of 3 Doors Down, Rob Thomas of Matchbox Twenty, Brent Smith of Shinedown, and SR-71 singer Mitch Allan. The group has also notably underwent huge tours over the past several years.Chris Daughtry wrote or co-wrote ten of the twelve songs on the debut album. His fellow bandmates include guitarist Josh Steely, guitarist Brian Craddock, and bassist Josh \"JP\" Paul. Former members include guitarist Jeremy Brady, who left the band in January 2007 to join a small North Carolina based group, and drummer Joey Barnes. Former Guns N' Roses member and musical legend Slash makes an appearance on the song \"What I Want\", playing lead guitar.'Leave This Town', coming out on July 14, 2009, was the second album released by Daughtry. The album debuted at #1 and quickly sold 269,000 copies. It didn't take long for the album to be RIAA certified as platinum.The first single off Daughtry's third album was \"Renegade\". The song was posted on September 15, 2011, to their official website. (Renegade Songfacts).Band lineup:Chris Daughtry \u2013 lead vocals, rhythm and lead guitar (2006\u2013present)Josh Steely \u2013 lead guitar, backing vocals (2006\u2013present)Josh Paul \u2013 bass guitar, backing vocals (2006\u20132012, 2013\u2013present)Brian Craddock \u2013 rhythm guitar, backing vocals (2007\u2013present)Elvio Fernandes \u2013 keyboards, piano, acoustic guitar, backing vocals (2011\u2013present)Current touring membersJamal Moore \u2013 drums, percussion (2014\u2013present)Former membersJeremy Brady \u2013 rhythm guitar, backing vocals (2006\u20132007)Joey Barnes \u2013 drums, percussion, keyboards, backing vocals (2006\u20132010)Robin Diaz \u2013 drums, percussion (2010\u20132014)Former touring membersAndy Waldeck \u2013 bass guitar, backing vocals (2012\u20132013)Brandon Maclin \u2013 drums, percussion (2014)Website: http:\/\/www.daughtryofficial.com\/","featuredImage":"http:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/1047_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"150,000 - 300,000"}

Adam Lambert

Adam Mitchel Lambert (born January 29, 1982) is an actor and singer-songwriter from San Diego, California, United States...

75,000 - 150,000
{"key":"19994","name":"Adam Lambert","bio":"Adam Mitchel Lambert (born January 29, 1982) is an actor and singer-songwriter from San Diego, California, United States. He is known for his full-control three-octave (B2-B5) vocal range, expert vibrato and dynamic, piercing and robust belting and falsetto which allows him to stretch up to the fifth octave. In May 2009, he finished as the runner-up on the eighth season of American Idol, with 'The Times' and other publishers identifying Lambert as the first openly gay pop\/rock artist to launch a career on a major label in the U.S.Lambert released his debut album, 'For Your Entertainment', in November 2009, via RCA Records\/19 Recordings. The album debuted at number three on the Billboard 200 in December 2009, selling 198,000 copies in the United States in the first week. To date, he is the first American Idol contestant to headline a world-wide tour in support of a debut album. As of January 2011, For Your Entertainment had sold more than 1.2 million copies worldwide. In 2010, Lambert was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance for \"Whataya Want from Me\". His single \"If I Had You\", also from that album, has additionally received major critical and commercial acclaim, Emboldened by his passionate fan-base, Lambert released his second studio album, 'Trespassing', in the U.S. on May 15th, 2012. Lambert served as an executive producer on the album, which the Better Than I Know Myself Songfacts reports him saying that it takes his fans on \"an exciting journey through the past two years\" of his life. The American Idol runner-up added, \"It's been a transformative period and I really wanted to make music from what I've experienced. All these songs honestly explore the ups and downs of my reality.\"In terms of his vocal talents, Adam Lambert has been compared to past glam rock and hard rock legends such as Queen's Freddie Mercury, Sweet's Brian Connolly, and The Who's Roger Daltrey. British rocker Brian May has had this to say about Adam\u2019s voice: \"I\u2019m not easily moved to jelly by male vocalists\u2026 but Adam\u2019s voice reaches out with sensitivity, depth, maturity, and awesome range and power which will make jaws drop all around the world\u2026 no doubt about it. The world of Rock has a bright new star.\"Website: http:\/\/www.adamofficial.com\/us\/home","featuredImage":"http:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/19994_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"75,000 - 150,000"}

Tori Kelly

Tori Kelly first rose to attention when her cover of Frank Ocean’s “Thinkin Bout You,” went viral, racking up over...

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{"key":"94204","name":"Tori Kelly","bio":"Tori Kelly first rose to attention when her cover of Frank Ocean\u2019s \u201cThinkin Bout You,\u201d went viral, racking up over 22 million views. To date, her YouTube channel boasts over ONE MILLION YouTube Subscribers with over 89 million views. Now, two EP\u2019s later Handmade Songs, which Kelly self-penned, produced, mixed and released, and Foreword, she plans to release her first full length debut this spring. Kelly co-wrote \u201cNobody Love\u201d off her 2015 Spring debut alongside Rickard Goransson and Max Martin. Martin says, \"After hearing Tori sing, we felt so inspired that we had no choice but to get involved. It\u2019s been such a pleasure to be a part of her journey.\u201d She also co-wrote with such vets as Savan Kotecha, Toby Gad, Claude Kelly, Chuck Harmony, Wolf Cousins, and Ed Sheeran. The album, she says, does not depart from her soulful roots. \u201cIt\u2019s like a marriage between that soulful urban thing and a mainstream pop vibe. It was hard to get to that place, but once we had \u2018Nobody Love,\u2019 I knew we\u2019d cracked the code. It felt seamless.\u201dWorking with one of the most successful hit makers in the industry is a long way from Kelly\u2019s early years making songs in her bedroom and posting them online. Born and raised in Temecula, California, Kelly is the daughter of musicians, her dad is a singer and bassist and her mom plays piano and saxophone. She sites early influences like gospel singer Crystal Lewis, Jill Scott, Jeff Buckley, and Maxwell.Over the past year and a half, Kelly has sold out shows in several major cities (including The Troubadour and The Roxy in Los Angeles, the Bowery Ballroom and Gramercy Theatre in New York City, and Bush Hall in London), headlined a nine-city sold-out U.S. tour, and supported Ed Sheeran, and Sam Smith on tour.\u201cI'm excited to get out and play for people. That's always the dream.\u201d","featuredImage":"http:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/94204_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"please contact"}

Carrie Underwood

Carrie Marie Underwood, born March 10, 1983, is an American country pop singer-songwriter from Checotah, Oklahoma. She...

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{"key":"5011","name":"Carrie Underwood","bio":"Carrie Marie Underwood, born March 10, 1983, is an American country pop singer-songwriter from Checotah, Oklahoma. She rose to fame after winning the 4th season of American Idol in 2005. Underwood has since sold over 14 million albums and over 20 million singles worldwide, won several Grammy Awards, including the coveted Grammy for Best New Artist in 2007, multiple American Music Awards, including Artist of the Year in 2007, and several Billboard Music Awards, including the 2006 Album of the Year for Some Hearts. In additional, she's won multiple Academy of Country Music (ACM) and Country Music Association (CMA) Awards and has become the first and only woman in History to win the coveted ACM Entertainer of the Year award twice (2009\/2010). She's also, as of May 2011, the most successful American Idol winner in the US, having sold over 12.3 million albums and over 18.5 million album tracks in the country.Her debut album, entitled Some Hearts, hit store shelves on November 15, 2005. It was the largest selling album in 2005 and 2006 on any of the US charts. It was also the best selling debut album by a solo female country music artist in history and the best selling album by an American Idol contestant in the United States. It debuted straight to #1 on the Country music charts, peaking also at #2 on the Billboard 200, going 7x Platinum to date. It has sold over 7 million copies in the US to date. Her first single, Inside Your Heaven, debuted straight at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100, the Billboard Pop 100 and the Canadian singles chart. The second single, Jesus, Take The Wheel, was released in October 2005 and reached #1 on the Country charts and #20 on the Billboard Hot 100. Some Hearts, the third single, was released, also in October 2005, for adult contemporary radio. It reached #12 on the Hot Adult Contemporary Radio chart. The fourth single, Don't Forget To Remember Me was released in March 2006 and peaked at #2 on the Country chart, also peaked #49 on the Billboard Hot 100. In August 2006, Before He Cheats was released, peaking in the top 10 in 12 charts across the US and Canada including #1 on the Country charts in both the US and Canada, #4 on the Canadian Hot 100 and #8 on the Billboard Hot 100. Wasted was the sixth and final single from Some Hearts. It was released on February 6th 2007 and reached #1 on the Country charts in the US and Canada, and made it to #35 on the Canadian Hot 100 and #37 on the US Billboard Hot 100.In April 2007, Underwood recorded I'll Stand By You as a charity single for the show Idol Gives Back. It sold 124,000 on the first days of it's release, taking it to #6 on the Billboard Hot 100.Carrie's second studio album, entitled Carnival Ride, was released October 23rd 2007 and debuted on the Billboard 200 at #1, selling 527,000 copies, giving Underwood her first #1 album. It also peaked at #1 on the Candian and American Country album charts and on the Canadian album chart. It has sold over 3 million copies in the US to date and was certified triple Platinum. The first single, So Small, was released on August 14th and made it to #1 on the US Country singles chart. It also made it to #17 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #14 on the Canadian Hot 100. The second single, All-American Girl, was released on December 18th 2007 and went to #1 on both American and Candian country charts. It also reached #27 on the Billboard Hot 100. Last Name was released on April 8th 2008 and it also went to #1 on the US country chart and #19 on the Billboard Hot 100, making it her 6th top 20 hit on the Billboard. In April 2008, Underwood recorded Praying For Time for the show Idol Gives Back, which reached #10 on the Hot Digital Songs chart and peaked at #27 on the Billboard Hot 100. The fourth single from Carnival Ride was Just A Dream and was released on July 21st 2008. It went to #1 on the Country chart in the US and #2 on the Canadian country chart. It also peaked at #29 on the Billboard Hot 100. The fifth and final single, I Told You So, was released on February 2nd 2009 and peaked at #2 on the US country charts. It reached #1 on the Canadian country charts and #9 on the Billboard Hot 100.Carrie recorded a cover version of Home Sweet Home by M\u00f6tley Cr\u00fce. It was released on iTunes, where it went straight to #1. It also debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 at #21.Cowboy Casanova is the lead-off single to Underwood's third studio album, Play On. The single was released on September 14th 2009. It reached #1 on the US Billboard Hot Country Songs, #2 on the Canadian Radio & Record Country Singles, #11 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and #16 on the Canadian Hot 100. The second single, Temporary Home, was released as a single on December 14th 2009 and has peaked at #21 on the Country Radio & Record Singles in the US and #37 in Canada. Play On was released on November 3rd 2009. It peaked at #1 on the US Billboard 200, US Billboard Top Country Albums and Canadian Top Country Albums charts, while just missing the top spot at #2 in the Canadian Albums chart. Play On also made a surprising entrance to the UK album charts, at #93. To date, the album has sold over 2 million copies in the US (double Platinum) and over 2.5 million copies worldwide.\"Good Girl,\" the first single from Carrie Underwood's fourth studio album was co-penned by the American Idol winner with Chris DeStefano and Ashley Gorley. It will be released to country radio on February 23, 2012.See Good Girl Songfacts for more.","featuredImage":"http:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/5011_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"please contact"}

Jordin Sparks

Jordin Brianna Sparks (born December 22, 1989) is an American pop/R&B recording artist, singer-songwriter, and actress f...

75,000 - 150,000
{"key":"21447","name":"Jordin Sparks","bio":"Jordin Brianna Sparks (born December 22, 1989) is an American pop\/R&B recording artist, singer-songwriter, and actress from Glendale, Arizona who rose to fame as the winner of the sixth season of American Idol. Sparks won when she was 17 years old, making her the youngest winner in history. She followed her American Idol victory with the release of her self-titled debut album in 2007, which has gone platinum and has sold over 2 million copies worldwide. Sparks' single, No Air is the highest selling single by any American Idol contestant, selling about 4 million digital copies worldwide. Due to the success of her debut album and its four top 20 singles, she has received numerous awards and nominations including an American Music Award in 2008 and her first Grammy nomination in 2009.Sparks' second album Battlefield was released in July 2009 worldwide and debuted at #7 in the U.S., three spots higher than her first album. The album's lead single, also titled Battlefield, peaked in the top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100, making it her third top 10 single and fifth consecutive top 20 single. Sparks is the only Idol contestant to have their first five singles reach the top 20 on the Billboard Hot 100. \"Battlefield\" has sold almost 2 million copies worldwide. Sparks has sold over 9 million singles worldwide to date, making her one of the most successful idol winners. Battlefield's second single, S.O.S. (Let the Music Play), was her first song to top the U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Play making it her first U.S. number one single.Sparks followed her success in 2010 by making her debut on Broadway. Sparks starred as Nina Rosario in the Tony Award winning broadway musical, In The Heights. In October 2010, Sparks confirmed that she has begun work on her anticipated third studio album. It's expected to be released in 2011. No title has been confirmed yet.","featuredImage":"http:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/21447_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"75,000 - 150,000"}

David Archuleta

David James Archuleta (born December 28, 1990) is an American pop/R&B singer. On May 21, 2008, he became the runner-up ...

40,000 - 75,000
{"key":"21176","name":"David Archuleta","bio":"David James Archuleta (born December 28, 1990) is an American pop\/R&B singer. On May 21, 2008, he became the runner-up on the seventh season of American Idol receiving 44 percent of over 97 million votes. Archuleta's first single \"Crush\" was released on August 1 2008, which debuted on Billboard in the No. 2 spot and stayed strong on the iTunes charts for both the song and music video as No. 1.Early lifeDavid Archuleta was born in Miami, Florida, to Jeff Archuleta and Lupe Marie, a salsa singer and dancer from Honduras. Archuleta has four siblings. Archuleta's family moved to the Salt Lake Valley, to the city of Sandy, Utah, when Archuleta was six. He currently resides in Murray, Utah, where he is a student at Murray High School.Archuleta started singing at age six, inspired by a Les Mis\u00e9rables video. \"That musical is what started all of this,\" he said. He started performing publicly at age 10 when he participated in the Utah Talent Competition singing \"I Will Always Love You\" by Dolly Parton; he received a standing ovation and won the Child Division.Archuleta was inspired by watching both Tamyra Gray and Kelly Clarkson to \"see what performing and really getting into a song was like\" during the beginning weeks of the premiere season of American Idol. He later made his television debut, at eleven years old, singing \"And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going\" on a Jenny Jones show for future Latino stars alongside season one finalist A.J. Gil. Through A.J. Gil he was able to meet and sing for Gray who had sung the song on American Idol as well as Clarkson (that year's winner) and Justin Guarini (the runner up).Musical influencesArchuleta's mother is from Honduras, and much of the music he listened to as a child was Latin-influenced including watching his mom sing at events with her sisters. She also \"was big on dancing\" according to Archuleta, and would \"make\" him dance to traditional music with his older sister. He also listened to jazz music, he said, from his father's collection as well as gospel, pop, rock and \"soulful music.\" In a later interview, he revealed that his father was a jazz musician. Archuleta also said he enjoys Broadway musicals.On his American Idol \"Fast Facts\" page, Archuleta cites his musical influences as Natalie Cole, Stevie Wonder, Kirk Franklin and Bryan Adams. When asked to list his top pop artists, he cited Natasha Bedingfield, Natalie Cole, Celine Dion, Mariah Carey, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Bryan Adams, Kirk Franklin, and Robbie Williams. Like Elliot Yamin and another singer he admires, John Mayer, Archuleta tries to infuse his pop selections with a soulful vibe.Star SearchIn 2003, at age 12, Archuleta sang on several episodes of the television show Star Search. He ended up as the Junior Vocal Champion on Star Search 2. On one episode, he sang against then-11-year-old Alexandr\u00e9a Lushington, who also became a \"top 20\" semi-finalist on American Idol alongside Archuleta. Around the second year of being on Star Search he started focusing on the lyrics, \"I didn't even pay attention to the lyrics when I was 12, 13\".Archuleta's competing on Star Search led to appearances on The Jenny Jones Show and CBS' The Early Show, and meeting the finalists from American Idol's first season, for whom he performed a spontaneous a cappella rendition of \"And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going\" from Dreamgirls, and received enthusiastic praise from Season 1 winner Kelly Clarkson. The year after Star Search he found out he had partial vocal paralysis but declined risky surgery and has said he feels he is almost fully recovered. He limited his singing for specific occasions like Stadium of Fire, the Independence Day celebration at Brigham Young University Stadium.American IdolArchuleta won his ticket to the Hollywood final auditions (with a performance of John Mayer's \"Waiting on the World to Change\") with the help of idol judge, Randy Jackson, who sang the background \"waiting\" in the song. (at the San Diego tryouts held at Qualcomm Stadium July 30 and July 31, 2007) He was 16 during the Hollywood auditions (where he sang Bryan Adams' \"Heaven\" and Gnarls Barkley's \"Crazy\" to unanimous praise) and because he was not yet 18, had to attend school while a part of American Idol's seventh season. His parents were there because he was a minor. Archuleta also took advantage of the decision to allow contestants to play musical instruments when he accompanied himself on piano for his performances of \"Another Day in Paradise\" and \"Angels.\"A Los Angeles Times article speculated why Archuleta avoided singing the first verse of \"Imagine\": because \"of his religion (Mormonism), he's unlikely to espouse the song's agnostic ideal . . . with the line about 'no religion too.'\" Archuleta did, however, sing the entire song on Good Things Utah when he was 13. During his first performance of Imagine on American Idol, when asked by judge Randy Jackson why he didn't sing the first verse, Archuleta said the third verse was his favorite because it has \"a great message.\"In the finale he sang \"Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me,\" \"In This Moment\" and \"Imagine.\" Judge Simon Cowell declared that Archuleta won the evening and even David Cook, who ultimately won, thought Archuleta would win: \"I have to concede it, the kid came out all three songs and nailed it,\" said Cook. In the final tally, Archuleta received 44 percent of the votes. During the finale show, both Archuleta and fellow finalist Cook appeared in separate but nearly identical commercials for the game franchise Guitar Hero, mimicking a Tom Cruise scene from Risky Business.","featuredImage":"http:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/21176_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"40,000 - 75,000"}

Kris Allen

Kris Allen (Kristopher Neil Allen) (born June 21, 1985 in Jacksonville, Arkansas, US) is the winner of the popular telev...

20,000 - 50,000
{"key":"36028","name":"Kris Allen","bio":"Kris Allen (Kristopher Neil Allen) (born June 21, 1985 in Jacksonville, Arkansas, US) is the winner of the popular television series 'American Idol' Season 8, from Conway, Arkansas. Kris' passion for music began when he taught himself to play the guitar at age 13, and he has since learned the piano, viola and ukulele. His talents and soulful voice have given him the opportunity to perform at numerous music venues as well as the chance to share his gifts and faith with many of the underprivileged and oppressed people of the world. His travels to Spain, Morocco, Thailand, Burma, Mozambique and South Africa have influenced his music and inspired him to share it with others. Kris debuted his first full-length CD, \"Brand New Shoes\", in September 2007. The album spotlights his musical capabilities in songwriting, guitar, piano and vocals. Kris is known for his laid-back and unassuming personality, yet his music is full of depth, energy and soul.Some of his influences include Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Matchbox 20, and John Legend.On 20 May 2009, Kris Allen was crowned the champion of American Idol 2009.","featuredImage":"http:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/36028_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"20,000 - 50,000"}

Phillip Phillips

Phillip Phillips (born September 20, 1990 in Leesburg, Georgia, USA) is an American singer and winner of American Idol s...

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{"key":"21336","name":"Phillip Phillips","bio":"Phillip Phillips (born September 20, 1990 in Leesburg, Georgia, USA) is an American singer and winner of American Idol season 11.Phillips grew up in Leesburg, Georgia and went to Lee County High School. He graduated Albany Technical College, but had to miss the graduation ceremony due to being on American Idol.Phillips auditioned for American Idol in Savannah, Georgia. He auditioned by singing the Stevie Wonder song \"Superstition.\" The judges then asked him to audition with his guitar where he performed Michael Jackson's \"Thriller.\" He made it to the Hollywood rounds and later to Las Vegas round.On February 23, 2012, Phillips was chosen as one of the Top 24 semi-finalists. For the semi-finals, he performed \"In the Air Tonight\" by Phil Collins. He was one of the top five male vote getters and advanced to the Top 13. After the Top 13 performance night, Phillips was taken to a doctor for possible kidney stones. The Home Songfacts reports that after advancing to the final, Phillips was declared the winner on May 23, 2012. He won with a record breaking total vote count of 132 million.","featuredImage":"http:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/21336_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"150,000 - 300,000"}

Jennifer Hudson

Jennifer Hudson (b. Jennifer Kate Hudson on September 12, 1981 in Chicago, Illinois) is an American singer and actress. ...

200,000 - 350,000
{"key":"21449","name":"Jennifer Hudson","bio":"Jennifer Hudson (b. Jennifer Kate Hudson on September 12, 1981 in Chicago, Illinois) is an American singer and actress. She is both an Oscar and Grammy Award winner. She was one of the finalists on the third season of the reality\/talent-search television series American Idol.Prior to American Idol, Hudson had worked as a singer and actor aboard cruise ships, but never had any formal musical training.Hudson auditioned for the third season of American Idol in Atlanta, Georgia. She was a member of the first group of semifinalists in the Semifinals. She was not voted through to the final round, although she was brought back on the wild card round and put through as a Top 12 finalist by contest judge Randy Jackson.Jennifer Hudson struggled to gain popularity in the early stages of the live shows, receiving the second-lowest number of votes in two of the first three shows. However, after a change in song choices, she soon became a favorite to win, receiving the highest number of votes in the Top 9 after her performance of Elton John's \"Circle of Life\" on April 6, 2004. On April 21, 2004, Hudson became the sixth of the 12 finalists to be voted off the show, finishing the competition in seventh place. Her elimination sparked a lot of controversy, as she was considered one of the front-runners for the title, and was joined in the bottom three by the other two front-runners LaToya London and eventual winner Fantasia Barrino.Hudson recorded \"Neither One of Us (Wants to Be the First to Say Goodbye)\", originally by Gladys Knight & the Pips, for American Idol Season 3: Greatest Soul Classics\u2014the official American Idol album for the third season.In November 2005, Hudson was cast in the prized role of Effie White, the role originally created in a legendary Broadway performance by Jennifer Holliday, for the film adaptation of the musical Dreamgirls, which also starred Jamie Foxx, Beyonc\u00e9 Knowles, and Eddie Murphy. This role marked Hudson's debut screen performance. Hudson won the role over hundreds of professional singers and actresses, including American Idol winner Fantasia Barrino.In many reviews she was described as the real break out star of the film, overshadowing her co-stars the much more popular and successful Beyonc\u00e9 and Jamie Foxx. Her version of \"And I Am Telling You, I'm Not Going\" is thought to be the highlight of the movie and it's soundtrack. On February 25, 2007, Jennifer won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her turn as Effie. She also won numerous other awards for the role, including a Golden Globe and a Screen Actors Guild Award.In 2008, Hudson starred in the hit film Sex and the City alongside Sarah Jessica Parker playing Carrie's assistant who moved to NYC to \"find love\". Although only a small part, Jennifer made the character her own and also featured on the soundtrack with 'All Dressed In Love'. Hudson is scheduled to appear as Kathy Archenault in Winged Creatures, a film based on the novel by Roy Freirich, with Forest Whitaker, Guy Pearce, Kate Beckinsale, Dakota Fanning, Josh Hutcherson and Jackie Earle Haley. In January 2008 Jennifer began filming her fourth film The Secret Life of Bees as Rosaleen, the mother figure of Lily Owens (Dakota Fanning). Also starring in the film are fellow Oscar nominees Queen Latifah and Sophie Okonedo, as well as Alicia Keys.Hudson's self-titled debut album was released on September 30, 2008. The album won the Grammy for Best R&B Album (2009) at the recent 51st Grammy Awards ceremony. The album features production credits by Ne-Yo, Stargate, Jim Beanz, Timbaland, Missy Elliott, T-Pain, Robin Thicke, Diane Warren, Polow da Don and Brian Kennedy, and features vocal appearances by Fantasia Barrino, T-Pain and Ludacris.The first single, \"Spotlight\", written and produced by Ne-Yo and Stargate, hit U.S. radio on June 9, 2008 and the following day was available as a music download.","featuredImage":"http:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/21449_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"200,000 - 350,000"}

Kellie Pickler

Kellie Dawn Pickler (born June 28, 1986) is an American singer best known for her sixth-place finish on the fifth season...

75,000 - 125,000
{"key":"5060","name":"Kellie Pickler","bio":"Kellie Dawn Pickler (born June 28, 1986) is an American singer best known for her sixth-place finish on the fifth season of American Idol. She was eliminated from the show on April 26, 2006.Kellie Pickler had a difficult upbringing. The Tough Songfacts explains that Kellie was raised by her grandparents, after her mother abandoned her and her alcoholic father spent time in and out of jail. The 21-year-old Pickler auditioned for American Idol in the fall of 2005 in Greensboro, North Carolina. She sang both Kelly Clarkson's \"Since U Been Gone\" and Martina McBride's \"A Broken Wing\". The judges unanimously sent her to Hollywood. Pickler advanced through the semi-finalist rounds in February and March, reaching the Top 12 On March 9.Pickler gained attention on the show by saying (for example) that she had never performed before real audiences, pronouncing \"salmon\" as \"sal-mon\", and confusing \"minx\" with \"mink \". She was compared to Jessica Simpson in a March 27 story in US Weekly magazine entitled \"Kellie: The Next Jessica Simpson\", due to her \"sweet southern style and ditzy demeanor.\" Various Internet blogs alleged that Pickler was merely putting on an act in order to win votes. Host Ryan Seacrest asked Pickler about the allegations during the April 4 broadcast, and she denied the claims. On April 19, Pickler and contestant Taylor Hicks became the only contestants among the rest of the Top 6 to never be in the bottom 3. That changed on April 26 when she was in the bottom 2 and then eliminated. Due to time constraints, her exit performance was not aired on the show, which happened to be the first time of its kind in American Idol history. However, when Kellie was interviewed by Extra, they showed her exit performance for the first time.She returned in the finale in a pre-taped segment called \"Puck 'n Pickler\", featuring her and Wolfgang Puck at a restaurant discussing foods. It has scenes of Pickler mispronouncing Shanghai, her use of sarcasm, and her reaction to lobsters.Fate played the straight man, and since then she's never looked back. On September 30, 2008 Kellie released her 2nd studio album. It was self-titled because she felt she had more to do with the making of it therefore it reflected her as an artist better than her first album. The self-titled album has yielded 4 singles: \"Don't You Know You're Beautiful\" which peaked at #21, \"Best Days of Your Life\" at #9 (This was her first top 10), \"Didn't You Know How Much I Loved You\" at #14, and \"Makin' Me Fall In Love Again\".Songfacts states that \"Tough,\" Kellie Pickler's first single from her third album is a female anthem, which finds the song's narrator declaring that while she is just a regular girl, she has been able to overcome challenges in her life by staying tough. The song was released on June 13, 2011.","featuredImage":"http:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/5060_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"75,000 - 125,000"}

Elliott Yamin

Elliott Yamin (born Efraym Elliott Yamin on July 20, 1978) is an American singer who is best known for the hit single "W...

10,000 - 30,000
{"key":"21406","name":"Elliott Yamin","bio":"Elliott Yamin (born Efraym Elliott Yamin on July 20, 1978) is an American singer who is best known for the hit single \"Wait for You\" and for being the third runner-up on the fifth season of American Idol. On March 20, 2007 he released his self-titled debut album, which sold 90,000 copies its first week and debuted at #3 on the Billboard 200. He is credited with the highest first week sales for an independent artist debut in SoundScan history. The album was certified Gold in the US and Japan. He completed a nine month tour in late 2007, which included clubs and theaters across the U.S., as well as shows in Canada, the Philippines, and Malaysia. In 2008 and 2009, he played several shows at Billboard Live venues in Tokyo, Osaka, and Fukuoka, Japan. His single \"Wait for You\" was #11 on the 2007 year-end Billboard Pop 100 Airplay chart and was certified Platinum in October 2008. His sophomore album, Fight for Love, was released on May 5, 2009. The title track was released as the first single to digital music outlets on March 10, 2009. Please check out his website www.officialelliottyamin.com for updated information.","featuredImage":"http:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/21406_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"10,000 - 30,000"}

Allison Iraheta

Allison Iraheta (born April 27, 1992) is a 23-year-old singer from Los Angeles, California. She was the fourth place fin...

20,000 - 50,000
{"key":"20009","name":"Allison Iraheta","bio":"Allison Iraheta (born April 27, 1992) is a 23-year-old singer from Los Angeles, California. She was the fourth place finalist on the eighth season of American Idol. Her debut album Just Like You was released on December 1, 2009.Iraheta is a Salvadoran born in Glendale, California. According to her parents, she has been singing since she was a toddler. Before rising to prominence, she usually sang in local Latin supermarkets.In 2006, Iraheta won the Telemundo reality show Quincea\u00f1era, where she sang in both English and Spanish. The prize was a reward of USD $50,000 and a recording contract, but only the reward money was ever granted.In 2009, Allison Iraheta competed on American Idol. She achieved acclaim for her rock sound and unique style, making it into the finals. Allison remained on the show until being eliminated at the final four, finishing in 4th place. The mentor of that week, Slash, praised Iraheta, saying, \"Allison didn't deserve to be voted off so soon. She has amazing potential.\" American Idol music director Rickey Minor was \"absolutely shocked\" at her departure. After her elimination on Idol, Iraheta made guest appearances on Live with Regis and Kelly, The Ellen Degeneres Show, Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Larry King Live, local FOX television affiliates, and numerous radio stations nation-wide. She performed on the season eight finale of American Idol, including a group medley of Pink's \"So What\" with her fellow contestants and a duet of \"Time After Time\" with original artist Cyndi Lauper.Official Site: www.allisoniraheta.com","featuredImage":"http:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/20009_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"20,000 - 50,000"}

Blake Lewis

Blake Colin Lewis (born July 21, 1981 in Redmond, Washington, United States) is an American singer-songwriter and beatbo...

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{"key":"36029","name":"Blake Lewis","bio":"Blake Colin Lewis (born July 21, 1981 in Redmond, Washington, United States) is an American singer-songwriter and beatboxer who was the runner-up on the sixth season of American Idol. His major label debut album A.D.D. (Audio Day Dream) was released on December 4, 2007 through 19 Recordings\/Arista Records. On October 30, 2007, his first single \"Break Anotha\" was released. The album landed on number ten on the U.S. Billboard 200 as its highest peak position with 97,500 copies sold in its debut, and has sold over 350,000 copies. After the release of his second single \"track artist=Blake Lewis]How Many Words\", which peaked at number eight on the U.S. Billboard Dance\/Club Play Songs, Lewis was dropped by Arista Records. Lewis eventually signed with Tommy Boy Records.His second album, \"Heartbreak on Vinyl\", was released on October 6, 2009. The first single \"Sad Song\" was released on July 21, 2009. The album charted at number 135 on the U.S. Billboard Billboard 200, number twenty on the Billboard Independent Albums, and number seven on the Billboard Dance\/Electronic Albums with over 4,000 copies sold in the first week.His third album, \"Portrait of a Chameleon\", was released on May 20, 2014. This was his first independent record and includes his hit single \"Your Touch\". Portrait Of A Chameleon was available for pre order on PledgeMusic before its release and included special extras such as posters and insiders on his album.","featuredImage":"http:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/36029_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"please contact"}

Clay Aiken

Clay Aiken (born on November 30, 1978) is a popular American singer who rose to fame on the American Idol television pro...

75,000 - 150,000
{"key":"19217","name":"Clay Aiken","bio":"Clay Aiken (born on November 30, 1978) is a popular American singer who rose to fame on the American Idol television program, and who has become the most successful second-place finisher in that show's history, even handily eclipsing that year's \"Idol\" winner in sales. His first single, \"Bridge Over Troubled Water\"\/ \"This Is The Night\" debuted at Number One, and became the best-selling single of the year \u2014 and he was just getting started.Clay's first CD, Measure of a Man (Number One, Top 200), went triple platinum selling more than 613,000 copies in its first week. Including singles like \"Invisible\", \"The Way,\" \"I Will Carry You\" and the Neil Sedaka cover \"Solitaire,\" it was the subject of conflicting reviews. Billboard Magazine called it the best pop album of 2003. Many fans and some critics recognized and admired the pure pop sound (\"so pure it floats\") and top-notch production values while others heard only a manufactured sound, noting that the singer hadn't earned his musical chops but \"merely\" sang his way to the hearts of millions on television, a perceived unjust leap-frogging of \"the true path of the true artist.\" Aiken fronted a country band, Just By Chance, pre-Idol and recorded 3 demo CDs. As a young man he was a member of the Raleigh Boy's Choir and was in numerous musical productions in North Carolina Theater. The National Inclusion Project (formerly the Bubel\/Aiken Foundation) was launched in 2003, supporting the integration of children with disabilities into the life environment of their non-disabled peers. In November 2004, Clay was appointed as a National Ambassador for UNICEF, with a mission to help ensure that children everywhere are afforded a primary education.In November 2004, Clay released Merry Christmas With Love (Number One, Top 200). His first Christmas album, it went platinum, won 2 Billboard Music Awards and spurred a yearly holiday tour and a follow-up EP, All Is Well - Songs for Christmas. 2004 was also the year Clay made #2 on the New York Times Best Seller List with his \"inspirational memoir\" titled Learning to Sing: Hearing the Music in Your Life. His next studio album, 2006's A Thousand Different Ways (Number Two, Top 200), was, through the direction of mega-producer Clive Davis, largely a covers CD. Ten of the fourteen cuts being well known melodic pop songs ranging from Richard Marx, Bryan Adams, Dolly Parton, Mister Mister, and Elton John. Two other songs, available only on digital versions of the album, are \"If You Don't Know Me By Now\" (through K-Mart.com) and \"Lover All Alone\" (through iTunes and co-written by Aiken himself). Many fans have wondered about the relative exclusion of the latter song, left languishing from the song list present on the physical CD, as its intimate emotional material and Aiken's own writing handiwork produce a spellbinding effect. In May of 2008 Aiken released On My Way Here (Number Four, Top 200), his first album of original material since his 2003 chart-topping debut Measure of A Man. While searching for songs for this album, he fell in love with a song written by OneRepublic front man Ryan \"Alias\" Tedder called \"On My Way Here.\" The message of the lyrics \u2013 how the lessons we learn while growing up shape us into who we become as adults \u2013 struck such a deep chord with Clay that it wound up inspiring the theme (and title) of his new collection. In addition to enlisting Grammy-Award winning British songwriter and producer Kipper, On My Way Here also included the talented musicians of none other then the Steely Dan band. A fifth album, The Very Best of Clay Aiken, was released at the end of March 2009 on Sony's Legacy Recordings Playlist Series.To date, Aiken has headlined 8 tours., one of them co-headlining with Kelly Clarkson.Aiken made his Broadway debut playing the role of Sir Robin in Monty Python's Spamalot in January 2008. His first run ended in May. He rejoined the cast as Sir Robin in September and remained through January 4, 2009.In August of 2008 Clay became a father to Parker Foster Aiken with producer Jaymes Foster, the sister of record producer David Foster. Clay will release a brand new album, titled \"Tried and True\", on June 1, 2010 on the Decca Records label.Clay also has made numerous TV appearances, guest-starring on everything from Scrubs to Days of Our Lives to the season finale of the popular show 30 Rock. He has earned a place on such talk-shows as Jimmy Kimmel Live, The Tonight Show, Late Night With David Letterman, Tyra Banks, Rachel Ray, Ellen and has cooked with both Martha Stewart and Paula Deen.Though clearly, based on his television and concert appeal, a performing artist whose live presentations show consummate showmanship, bringing surprising dynamism to studio songs, Aiken has had to endure a persistent hammering from entertainment critics and a tenacious (not to say malevolent) interest on the part of some in the media relating to questions about his personal life.Always full of surprises, fans look forward to the continued ways in which this multi-talented artist expresses himself and uses his voice in ways that will expand his appeal in and beyond the US.","featuredImage":"http:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/19217_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"75,000 - 150,000"}

Haley Reinhart

Haley Reinhart (born September 9, 1990 in Wheeling, Illinois) is an American singer who rose to fame on the tenth season...

30,000 - 50,000
{"key":"35906","name":"Haley Reinhart","bio":"Haley Reinhart (born September 9, 1990 in Wheeling, Illinois) is an American singer who rose to fame on the tenth season of American Idol in 2011. She was eliminated, placing third, on Thursday, May 19, 2011. The Free Songfacts reports that after signing with 19 Recordings\/ Interscope Records, Reinhart premiered her debut single Free along with another tune, Wasted Tears, in Hard Rock Caf\u00e9 in Hollywood on February 21, 2012. \"Listen Up!\" is the debut studio album by Haley Reinhart. It was released on May 22, 2012 through 19\/Interscope. The lead single, \"Free\", was released on March 20, 2012. The album is released in two different versions: the 'Standard Edition' has a total of ten tracks while the Deluxe Exclusive Edition includes four bonus tracks making it a fourteen-song album. The standard edition is available from numerous retailers, while the deluxe edition is only available for download on iTunes and the physical CD is available at Walmart stores and their online site.Reinhart first auditioned for the ninth season of American Idol, but did not make it to the Hollywood round.Reinhart then auditioned for the tenth season of Idol in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She was one of the five female vote getters in the semi-final round to advance to the Top 13.Idol Performances:** Top 24: Personal Choice - Fallin' (Alicia Keys)** Top 13: Personal Idol - Blue (LeAnn Rimes)** Top 12: Year You Were Born - I'm Your Baby Tonight (Whitney Houston)** Top 11: Motown - You've Really Got a Hold on Me (The Miracles)** Top 11 Redux: Elton John - Bennie and the Jets (Elton John)** Top 9: Rock & Roll Hall of Fame - Piece of My Heart (Janis Joplin)** Top 8: Songs from the Movies - Call Me (Blondie)** Top 7: Songs from the 21st Century - Rolling in the Deep (Adele)** Top 6: Carole King - Beautiful (Carole King)** Top 5: Songs from Then & Now - Yo\u00fc and I (Lady Gaga) \/ House of the Rising Sun (The Animals)** Top 4: Songs That Inspire \/ Leiber & Stoller Songbook - Earth Song (Michael Jackson) \/ I Who Have Nothing (Shirley Bassey)** Top 3: Personal Choice \/ Jimmy Iovine's Choice \/ Judges' Choice - What Is and What Should Never Be (Led Zeppelin) \/ Rhiannon (Fleetwood Mac) \/ You Oughta Know (Alanis Morrisette)** Top 2: Immune From Elimination","featuredImage":"http:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/35906_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"30,000 - 50,000"}

Lee DeWyze

Leon James "Lee" DeWyze (born April 2, 1986) is an American singer-songwriter and musician from Mount Prospect, Illinois...

40,000 - 75,000
{"key":"36033","name":"Lee DeWyze","bio":"Leon James \"Lee\" DeWyze (born April 2, 1986) is an American singer-songwriter and musician from Mount Prospect, Illinois, and is the winner of the ninth season of American Idol. He has released two independent albums, So I'm Told (2007) and Slumberland (2010). He released \"Live it Up\" in late 2010.Lee Dewyze attended an alternative high school but states that music and his teachers were his inspiration to go back to his studies. Before Idol, DeWyze worked as a paint salesclerk. His musical influences include Cat Stevens, Eric Clapton, Ben Harper, and Simon & Garfunkel.DeWyze's career began when he was 16 or 17, after he met Louis Svitek, owner of WuLi Records, and Ryan McGuire of the Virginia Gentlemen. Lee DeWyze auditioned in Chicago for the ninth season of American Idol with the song \"Ain't No Sunshine\", which was also covered by Kris Allen. During Hollywood week, his group included Aaron Kelly and Crystal Bowersox, who all made it into the Top 24. During the first week, he performed \"Chasing Cars\" by Snow Patrol, which was praised by Simon Cowell. The next week he sang \"Lips of an Angel\", which did not get the same response as his first performance but was good enough to get him into the top 16. His third song, \"Fireflies\", came as a surprise and was generally liked by the viewers, critics, and the judges.After making it to the Top 12, DeWyze performed Beast of Burden during The Rolling Stones week. For the Top 11's theme, Billboard #1 Hits, DeWyze performed The Letter by the The Box Tops. The following week DeWyze performed Treat Her Like a Lady impressing mentor Usher and all four judges including Cowell who said that \"This is the night that your life may have changed forever.\" For the Top 9 week Lee performed Hey Jude by The Beatles. His closest friend is his fellow roomate, Andrew Garcia.","featuredImage":"http:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/36033_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"40,000 - 75,000"}

Mario Vazquez

Mario Adrián Vázquez (born June 15, 1977) is a Puerto Rican-American singer from The Bronx, New York, U.S. He competed...

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{"key":"21597","name":"Mario Vazquez","bio":"Mario Adri\u00e1n V\u00e1zquez (born June 15, 1977) is a Puerto Rican-American singer from The Bronx, New York, U.S. He competed on American Idol's fourth season, which aired on the FOX network in early 2005.Vasquez is a former student of La Guardia High School of Performing Arts. He was also involved in the City Kids Repertoire Company in New York City, which enabled him to travel the country and perform in front of the President and at major charitable functions and shelters.After making it into the final round of twelve contestants Vazquez suddenly dropped out of the competition for \"family reasons\" a few days before the finals started. When the press contacted his mother regarding his decision, she wasn't aware that he had made it to the finals. Vazquez was replaced by Nikko Smith who had previously been voted out.Some believed that Vazquez quit the show in order to avoid the highly restrictive contracts that the final twelve must sign. Some speculate he quit realizing he was not the viewer favorite the producers had planned for him to be. Vazquez, however, appeared the next morning on \"Good Day New York\" on WNYW FOX5, and squashed rumors of a feud with \"American Idol\" producers or any of his competitors. \"American Idol was only positive. They were only wonderful to me, from the beginning through the middle, to the end,\" he told the show. \"It had nothing to do with the contract or anything signed with J Records.\" J Records is the same company that manages Idol winners Ruben Studdard and Fantasia Barrino.His first single \"Gallery\" written by Ne-Yo who also co-produced the vocals on the track, was one of the most added records at Rhythm radio stations across the country its first week out. The track was sent out to Top 40 radio on April 17, 2006 and was made available through all digital retailers as a single release on May 2, 2006. Both English and Spanglish versions of \"Gallery\" are currently on radio and are released digitally.In August of 2005, it was reported that Vazquez had signed with record executive Clive Davis and Davis' Arista Records Vazquez's first album is due out in summer 2006. Vazquez's manager is Arnold Steifel, of Rod Stewart fame. He is also reportedly set to work with Houston rapper Mike Jones. Other co-producers were to include Ne-Yo, Soulshock and Karlin, Lester Mendez, Scott Storch, and Luny Tunes. Many of these artists' songs with Vasquez did not make the final cut on his album. Vazquez's self-titled album was released September 26, 2006 by Arista Records. Later that year, Vazquez performed on the Cartoon Network Friday block on August 25, 2006. A second single \"One Shot\" was released to radio in February 2007 after 10 months of relying only on the first single to promote the album. It began receiving moderate airplay and by early March was hovering around #58 on Mediabase 24\/7's CHR\/Pop chart. Vasquez would be ultimately dropped from Arista Records in early 2008. Vazquez has not been heard from since 2007, and his website was shut down shortly after being dropped by his label.","featuredImage":"http:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/21597_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"please contact"}

Scotty McCreery

Scotty McCreery (born October 9, 1993 in Garner, North Carolina, US) is an American singer and the winner on the tenth s...

150,000 - 300,000
{"key":"5293","name":"Scotty McCreery","bio":"Scotty McCreery (born October 9, 1993 in Garner, North Carolina, US) is an American singer and the winner on the tenth season of American Idol 2011. Scotty is a big fan of baseball. He said in an interview that one of his favorite artists is Garth Brooks. On Wednesday, May 25th, 2011, he became the Season 10 American Idol, defeating fellow young country singer, Lauren Alaina.According to the Love You This Big Songfacts, McCreery first picked up a guitar at the age of 10 and often impersonated Elvis Presley. While attending Garner Magnet High School he joined a vocal ensemble, Die Meistersingers, that performs across the United States. He started out singing tenor but switched to bass when his voice turned lower in his sophomore year with the group. At the age of 16, McCreery won a singing contest called \"Clayton Idol\" at the Clayton Harvest Festival in Clayton, North Carolina.McCreery auditioned for the tenth season of American Idol in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He was one of the five male vote getters in the semi-final round to advance to the Top 13.Idol Performances:** Top 24: Personal Choice - Letters from Home (John Michael Montgomery)** Top 13: Personal Idol - The River (Garth Brooks)** Top 12: Year You Were Born - Can I Trust You with My Heart (Travis Tritt)** Top 11: Motown - For Once in My Life (Stevie Wonder)** Top 11 Redux: Elton John - Country Comfort (Elton John)** Top 9: Rock & Roll Hall of Fame - That's All Right (Elvis Presley)** Top 8: Songs from the Movies - I Cross My Heart (George Strait)** Top 7: Songs from the 21st Century - Swingin' (LeAnn Rimes)** Top 6: Carole King - You've Got a Friend (Carole King)** Top 5: Songs from Then & Now - Gone (Montgomery Gentry) \/ Always on My Mind (Willie Nelson)** Top 4: Songs That Inspire \/ Leiber & Stoller Songbook - Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning) [Alan Jackson] \/ Young Blood (The Coasters)** Top 3: Personal Choice \/ Jimmy Iovine's Choice \/ Judges' Choice - Amazed (Lonestar) \/ Are You Gonna Kiss Me or Not (Thompson Square) \/ She Believes in Me (Kenny Rogers)","featuredImage":"http:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/5293_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"150,000 - 300,000"}

Jason Castro

Jason René Castro (born March 25, 1987) is an American acoustic/folk-pop singer-songwriter and was the fourth place fi...

10,000 - 30,000
{"key":"3156","name":"Jason Castro","bio":"Jason Ren\u00e9 Castro (born March 25, 1987) is an American acoustic\/folk-pop singer-songwriter and was the fourth place finalist on the seventh season of American Idol. After Idol, he signed a recording contract with Atlantic Records. His self-titled debut album, Jason Castro, was released on April 13, 2010.Born in Dallas, Texas, and raised in Rowlett, Texas, he currently resides in Rockwall, Texas. His parents, Ren\u00e9 and Betsy Castro, are Colombian, and he is the first person in his family to be born in the United States, followed by younger siblings Michael Castro and Jackeline (Jackie Castro), both of whom are singer-songwriters as well. Spanish was his first language as a child. Their father, Ren\u00e9, is an architectural swimming pool designer and singer-songwriter.He attended Vernon Schrade Middle School as a child and went on to Rowlett High School where he was a left winger on his school's soccer team and an honor student. He received a 1340 out of 1600 on his SAT. Castro was a junior majoring in Construction Science at Texas A&M University in College Station on a full academic scholarship when he auditioned for American Idol.Castro has sported dreadlocks for more than three years.Castro grew up playing drums. He taught himself to play the guitar in college. He had no formal voice training before auditioning for American Idol and had previously sung only 5 times in public, mostly during church services.Castro performed as a drummer with the rock band Charlemagne, which later became Keeping Lions. He has stated that his musical influences include Ray LaMontagne, Ben Harper, Bob Marley, Carlos Vives and Kirk Baxley.Castro was the love interest of Cheyenne Kimball on her MTV reality show, Cheyenne and was also featured in her music video for \"Hanging On\".On October 31 on Halloween in 2009, Castro proposed to Mandy Mayhall, an alumna of the University of Oklahoma, a sister of Kappa Kappa Gamma and his girlfriend of a year and a half. Castro proposed to her at a tailgate party before the Oklahoma\/Kansas State football game in Norman, Oklahoma. The two were dressed as Disney characters Belle and The Beast from the animated film Beauty and the Beast as their Halloween costumes. Castro and Mayhall began dating in 2008 when Castro's Idol stint began but first became friends in high school at Rowlett High School. Mayhall made a brief cameo in Castro's music video for \"Let's Just Fall In Love Again\".As of January 2, 2010 Castro and Mayhall were married in his hometown near Dallas, TX. Castro and Mayhall now reside together in Dallas.","featuredImage":"http:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/3156_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"10,000 - 30,000"}
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