By MARK FRANKLIN
Amanda Overmyer’s first CD, “Solidify” is available for download from her Web site. And she announced last week that she’s having a CD release party May 2 at Whiskey a Go Go in Hollywood, Calif.
The CD features 12 songs, all written by Amanda. The album was produced by Rocco Guarino and is being released on Amanda’s own record label, Chile Records.
As for the name, Amanda explains it in a blog post to her fans: “I feel all grown up now,” she writes. “My first album. Buy it, guys! Support rock and roll (what is left of it) and help me Solidify the Presence of Rock and Roll!”
You can check out three full tracks — “Hole in the Wall,” “Call Your Momma” and “Varmint Rifle” (love that song title) — free on Amanda’s MySpace page.
Here’s a link to a video of Amanda singing “Varmint Rifle” live. Be forewarned, the audio isn’t great. But the gal knows how to rock.
Remember last year when Simon suggested Amanda sing a ballad as a change of pace. Amanda’s response: “Ballads are boring … I figure I have a minute and a half to show America what they would see if they came to my show and bought tickets to see me … I want them to say, ‘That chick looks like fun. I want to go to that show.’”
From the video, looks like her fans were having fun.
Kelly’s new album
Apparently there will be two versions of Kelly Clarkson’s new album, “All I Ever Wanted,” set for release March 10.
One will feature a skimpy nine tracks, including of course, the smash hit “My Life Will Suck Without You.” The deluxe edition will feature 16, plus a bonus DVD. Check out “the track list here.
New music from Elliott
Elliott Yamin released a new single last week. The song is “Fight for Love,” and it’s the title track off his sophomore album, due for release May 5. You can hear the single here.
Here’s what Elliott told PopEaster, where the song debuted: “I love the lyrics. It’s a feel-good song that’s very relatable. Everyone has been through a broken heart before and later found someone better — someone worthy of fighting for.” The song also plays when you visit Elliott’s new Web site.
Phil Stacey in Lancaster
Phil Stacey has been added to the American Idols in Concert tour, which is set to land at the American Music Theatre in Lancaster March 25. The concert will also feature Melinda Doolittle, who just released her first CD; season three runnerup Diana DeGarmo; and season seven contestant Chickeze.
The season six contestant recently announced that he signed with a new label, Reunion Records, for his second album. Reunon specializes in Christian music.
David A’s new video
David Archuleta invites you to watch the making of his next music video, for the song, “A Little Too Not Over You.” The video appears at the bottom of this blog.
The song will be the second single off David’s self-titled debut album. That album is currently number 71 on Billboard’s Top 200. It has been on the charts for 13 weeks, peaking at number two.