Our long national nightmare is over.

Well, that title may be a tad hyperbolic, but it’s not intended to be sarcastic. If ever there were an American Idol contestant who deserved to come out of the season with a record deal, it was Elliott Yamin, the pure-of-tone, good-natured, smooth R&B crooner who advanced all the way to the Final Three with nary a gimmick. (Oh, sure, he had a backstory that could make you shed a tear or two, but he never mentioned it on the show…nor did he try to increase his voting base by shouting out constantly to his fans, by pretending to be an idiot, or by coasting by on giggles, winks and prominently displayed breasts).

Well, thankfully, sometimes nice guys do get what they deserve. Elliott has signed with indie label Hickory Records, and has also inked a distribution deal with Sony to help him out with the promotion. Being with an indie means we likely won’t be seeing him on Ugly Betty or playing at the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic, but unlike Taylor and Katharine, Elliott’s deal allows him more creative control over his music. The album drops March 20, and a single, “Movin’ On,” is expected to hit iTunes and the like on February 13. I’m excited; I don’t consider myself an “invested” Elliott fan, but I always liked his voice, and I just can’t think of anyone who deserves this more. Congratulations, Elliott.


11 Responses to “Our long national nightmare is over.”

  1. 1 Taratova January 28, 2007 at 12:18 am

    Elliott Yamin is the best American Idol Singer by far. His vocals and complex arrangements make Elliott stand way above the crowd.

    Elliott indeed deserves to have his music made and I can’t hardly wait till I get that CD March 20. It’s been a long time in the making.

    Elliott has been in Los Angeles , Atlanta, Nashville and NYC working hard to give us the best.

    Elliott is on his way to the Superstar Level because he has it. Sings it all, has charisma and a style of cool that is rare. As Randy said ” he got it like that.”

  2. 2 Ging January 28, 2007 at 12:27 am

    Elliott Yamin is the best New Singer that I have heard in a LONG time. If there is ANYTHING right with this world, we will be hearing and seeing a lot more of the Talented Mr Yamin.

  3. 3 Robyn January 28, 2007 at 10:10 am

    Thank you for your article…you hit the nail on the head. No gimmicks or sexual persuasion, Elliott is pure talent and deserves this more than anyone. We can’t wait for his career to launch!

  4. 4 Dreama January 28, 2007 at 12:42 pm

    Thanks so much for your accurate portrayal of Elliott’s AI experience. His voice is exceptional & I believe his career is one that will not fade away like others, but grow stonger. I am so excited to hear his new single & get his album! It is great to know the music will be what Elliott wants to give his fans, not what a record label “thinks’ his fans want to hear! His ETrain fansite has been buzzing with anticipation around his upcoming album, so Elliott has plenty of fans ready to buy, buy, buy!

  5. 5 Jan January 28, 2007 at 1:55 pm

    Wonderful article on the magnificently talented Elliott Yamin. Cant wait to hear his new albumn.

    Indeed Elliott has the VOICE to become a superstar. He will blow all the others away and will be around for a very long long time. I truly believe that he will be known and have success on a world-wide level.

    I am still annoyed tht he wasn’t in the finals of the American Idol contest last year———-but all that is now in the past…..Elliott is “Movin’On” and us faithfull fans will be there right beside him.


  6. 6 mrsbjh January 28, 2007 at 2:07 pm

    I was a fan from the first note he sang on AI. I’ve had the feeling all along that Elliott would end up looking like the smartest one of the bunch. I’ll be first in line when his music comes out.

  7. 7 CathyEM January 29, 2007 at 12:15 am

    Just read some great info over at the E-train site from a small group of Richmond fans who were treated to a sneak preview of Elliott’s single, “Movin’ On.” Here’s what a couple of them had to say:

    A Richmond gathering of fans were given a surprise gift for the New Year.While discussing past and upcoming events to support Elliott they were given the unique privilege of hearing a sampling of the LONG AWAITED single Movin On. Everyone agreed it met and exceeded all expectations. With music like this Elliott’s voice will be heard for years to come!

    I was one of the lucky few – and I do mean lucky. I have sent PM’s to a few folks on this board and this is how I described the song, which IS an original written by Elliott – totally modern and old school at the same time. Front vocals and the song are totally current R&B, while the background music and vocals take me back to retro soul. It’s absolutely brilliant. It’s danceable and very radio friendly. It will play on top40 and urban stations without our begging at all. It is NOT like anything you have heard Elliott sing before.

  8. 8 Laura January 29, 2007 at 3:33 am

    Thank you for writing about my favorite American Idol contestant of all time, Elliott Yamin. I’m very excited about his upcoming single in February and his CD March 20th.

    Several fans have done a lot of research on Elliott’s team and on the companies with which he will be associated for Distribution and Publishing. Elliott is in very good hands. Very respected professionals are guiding his career.

    It appears that they were getting Elliott a deal where he would have creative control and a bigger share of the profits than he would have gotten from a regular major record label. Elliott had a vision of how he wanted to create his first solo CD and they helped him realize it. I’m very proud of him and happy for him.

  9. 9 Linda4Elliott January 31, 2007 at 11:07 am

    Words well spoken! Elliott didn’t need gimmicks. His voice and his sincere humility was all he needed to win legions of fans. The excitement is at a fever pitch. He deserves much success and his fans are going to support him in any way we can. Absolutely refreshing in many ways. He is bringing back real music and soul to the industry, and his genuine good soul will stand out among the shallowness that exsists in the world of pop culture.

  10. 10 Carla January 31, 2007 at 7:53 pm

    Thank you for this blog. I’m ecstatic Elliott Yamin is finally getting music out for us to hear. His good nature endeared him to fans around the world. The voice and singing style also may turn out to be the finest ever discovered on American Idol, which as a television show, is not the fairest measure of a singing/recording talent. Elliott’s vocal brilliance on American Idol should have been rewarded with a recording contract immediately. I’m glad this is finally set aright as his fans have been waiting eagerly to hear him sing again. Thank goodness he will also have creative control of his music. I think that is really important to him–showcasing his own artistry, making great music, not just selling a product. I wish this deserving guy much success.

  11. 11 Benmyoho February 2, 2007 at 8:09 pm

    Thanks for the Elliott Yamin write-up. I’ve heard a snippet of Elliott’s composition “Movin’ On” and all I can say is, PURE GENIUS! Not only is Elliott a master-class singer, he also is a master-class song writer!

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