June 22, 2009 09:01 AM by Britteny Elrick
American Idolseason 7 finalist, Brooke White, is coming out with her first album High Hopes & Heartbreak this summer.Brooke, who co-wrote the entire record,will also be the firstIdolthat executive producer Randy Jackson has collaborated with. Brooke’s inspiration for the warm, melodic album came from the likes of Elton John, Fleetwood Mac, and The Eagles…
According to the BWR press release:
“I wanted to work with Brooke from the moment I met her,” says Jackson. “When she sang, I instantly heard the legendary greats that inspired her: Carole King, Carly Simon, Joni Mitchell. She truly is an artist for all ages. And this album is a great collection of songs from a great new artist who was birthed on the stage of American Idol. I’m so happy to be working with an amazingly talented artist at the beginning of her career.”
The album will be released through June Baby Records, a brand-new indie label formed by White, Jackson and Stubner. “If there was one valuable lesson that I learned from my ‘Idol’ experience, it would be to remain true to myself, even if that means going down the road less traveled and taking a few risks,” says the singer-songwriter. “I’ve been hands-on with all aspects of this record, so I decided to form my own label and release it myself, too. Once the decision was made, it felt pretty liberating.”
White, who co-wrote the entire record, took the same approach with the album, crafting songs free of genre restrictions. “The goal was to create a very free-flowing, adventurous type of record,” she says. “I wanted it to have the feel of a classic, timeless album.”
A native of Phoenix, Arizona, White began singing at age 15. She turned heads during last season’s “Idol” by delivering breathtaking renditions of songs by the Beatles (“Let It Be”), Dolly Parton (“Jolene”) and Neil Diamond (“I Am I Said”). After she sang Carly Simon’s “You’re So Vain,” Simon proclaimed White to be her favorite “Idol” vocalist. Following her appearance on the show, White appeared on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” and performed on “Live with Regis and Kelly” and “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” among others.
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