Believe it or not there were AI performers during season No. 7 who were not named David.
One of them was Brooke White and she recently released a new album – High Hopes & Heartbreak.
White co-wrote the entire album and the executive producer was Randy Jackson.
If you have heard the album, IdolChatter would like to hear your impressions of it.
In the meantime, we’ll try to latch on to one and review it and to get interviews with both White and Jackson.
Following is the press release announcing the album:
“AMERICAN IDOL” TOP FIVE FINALIST BROOKE WHITE TO RELEASE NEW ALBUM HIGH HOPES & HEARTBREAK JULY 21
Los Angeles – As a top five finalist on last season’s “American Idol,” Brooke White won the hearts of fans around the world with performances that were passionate, vibrant and strikingly beautiful.
She returned July 21 with High Hopes & Heartbreak, a rapturously tuneful album that sees Brooke channeling a few idols of her own-Carole King, Fleetwood Mac, The Eagles and Elton John. The result is a stunning collection of songs brimming with warm, indelible melodies and hooks that stick after a single listen.
High Hopes & Heartbreak was produced by Dave Cobb (Shooter Jennings, Chris Cornell, Jamey Johnson) and executive produced by “Idol” judge/veteran producer/session player Randy Jackson.
It’s worth noting that this is Jackson’s first project with a member of the “Idol” alumni. He’s also co-managing White with Carl Stubner, head of Sanctuary Artist Management.
“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, 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.
Earlier this year, White released “Hold Up My Heart,” which hit No. 2 on the iTunes Pop Singles Chart.