When I spoke with James Durbin in late July during his stop in Atlanta for the tour, he implied heavily he had things going on with a record deal but was still tied down by “Idol” until September.
The minute he was “freed,” he made it quick: he has signed with Wind-Up Records, home to fellow rockers Seether, Evanescence, O.A.R. and Creed. (Creed still has a record deal?)
Durbin’s debut album is set to come out in November. He definitely sold himself well on the show. Although he had some Adam Lambert-ish mannerisms, Adam is a pop-theatrical guy. James? It has been metal-rock all the way. Who else would have introduced the “Idol” audience to Judas Priest?
He is managed by 19 Entertainment and Red Light Management. His new manager? Josh Klemme, former manager of Buckcherry who also represents Steven Tyler.