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We love You Elliott!

Friday, January 29, 2010

Elliott leaves for Angola on Feb. 16. "Idol Gives Back"

Elliott Yamin is headed back to Angola for this year's "Idol Gives Back," and Kara DioGuardi is tagging along. "We're going back and Kara is rolling with me," Elliott tells Idol Tracker. "The last time I was there with Fantasia, we visited a school that had this flight of stairs that led to nowhere. They told me there wasn't enough money to finish building the school, so I got Exxon-Mobil to underwrite $100,000 so that the kids would have an adequate place to learn."
Elliott added that his role will be to take Kara around and "show her the ropes." The two will also present a check to Sister Dominguez and continue the "Idol Gives Back" initiative with Malaria No More, an organization that provides mosquito nets to help thwart the spread of malaria.
"This is very special to me," said Elliott. "It's a chance to go over there and show how Malaria No More, Exxon-Mobil and 'Idol Gives Back' are collectively putting that money to work and tangibly show that we're able to make a difference."
Elliott leaves for Angola on Feb. 16. "Idol Gives Back" is scheduled to air on April 21.
-- Shirley Halperin

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Elliott Yamin in Chile for (LI International Song Festival of Viña del Mar)

From February 22 to February 27, 2010, Yamin will represent the U.S.A. in an international competition as part of the LI Festival Internacional de la Canción de Viña del Mar (LI International Song Festival of Viña del Mar), in Chile, against interpreters from Argentina, Chile, Cuba, France, Italy, Mexico, Peru, Spain and U.K. The competition's theme is "Songs with History", and Yamin will perform "Rock Around the Clock".[46]

Life is good for Elliott Yamin

The former Richmond, Virginia, radio personality took a chance during an audition for "American Idol," impressing the judges and becoming a second runner-up on season five of the show.

It wasn't a win, but these days Yamin isn't fretting. He just released his sophomore album,
Fight for Love, which gave him a chance to come into his own.

College Times: What did you want to do differently on Fight for Love than you did on your post-"American Idol" debut album?

Yamin: I wanted to make a record that sounded more contemporary and more current and I wanted to write a lot more on this album than I did on the last one. I got to accomplish all of that and I'm very proud of it.

Like you said, you co-write a lot of your songs. Which of the songs on Fight for Love are most personal to you?

Probably the most personal to me would be a song called "Someday," which kind of talks about dealing with the loss of my mom a few years back and how I'm coping with it. I think it really has a personal connection with the listener or anyone who has ever lost somebody. So that's probably the most personal song on the album.

You've traveled to all ends of the globe for "Idol" and on your own accord. Which city has the biggest Elliott Yamin fans? Which city is Elliott Yamin the biggest fan of?

Probably Richmond, Virginia, my hometown. We've done some really big things over in Japan, so Tokyo has to be my favorite city in the world. I've been back and forth to Japan seven times over the past couple years. It's proved to be a really good market for us. We're just killing over there. I absolutely love everything about Japan, so I'm glad to just share my music and my talent with the folks over there. It's been awesome. It's been a dream come true. It's just surreal.

You were on "American Idol" in 2006, so you've distanced yourself a decent amount from them now. The ninth season premiered recently. Do you still watch the show?

Yeah, we've watched it the past couple nights. We've seen the first two nights.

Simon Cowell has said he's going to leave the show next season. How do you think the show will do without him?

You know, I really don't know. I just found out like three days ago that that's actually going down. I don't know. I think he's a big chunk of the reason of why people tune in. I can't imagine it being a good thing that he's leaving. I really think time will tell. I've heard a lot of people say that this might be the start of the end for "Idol." I've heard a lot of mixed emotions, so I really don't know what to think.

And how do you think Ellen DeGeneres will do as a judge when the finals come around?

I think she'll be great. She's got a great, bubbly personality. She's just a funny broad, man. I just watched her show today. I love her. I hope that people take to her kindly. It's just weird to me because she's not a singer, nor does she have any kind of musical experience, I guess. It's kind of an odd choice for me, but I think she's a great personality.

I've heard you say this tour is going to be "acoustic cool with a twist." What can we expect to see from your show? What's the twist?

I think they can expect good acoustic music that comes from the depths of my heart and soul. I'm a really emotional singer, so that's what it's like on stage. I think also why it's different is because we're playing with … a drum machine and it kind of adds a really cool dynamic to the show. I've never seen anybody do an acoustic show with a [drum machine.] So, I think that gives it a really cool vibe and element to the show. I hope people will walk away and say "Man, that kid can really sing. He's really talented and so is his band." I think people are gonna dig it.

Elliott Yamin, Marquee Theatre, January 23,
Edit: Show canceled

Thank you Christina Caldwell for this post

Friday, January 22, 2010

The Workplay-Birmingham,AL

Just wanted to give my recap of the show on last night in B'HAM. The show was awesome. It wasn't a sold out crowd. I would say maybe 150 and that's pushing it. The venue was much larger than SOB in Atlanta and I guess that could be why it felt like there were less people. All in all everything went well. Matt Brodeur opened up again. They were great. Ryan Kinder was the second act. He has a John Meyer kind of vibe. He was great too. Elliott and the guys came out after 9:00 which was pretty late. It didn't matter though they still were amazing. They performed all of the songs from the set list which included You. You was on the set list for ATL but for some reason they didn't perform it there. Elliott had his rapport with the crowd as usual but the crowd at The Workplay seemed more laid back. Elliott has always said that he feels like he is at his second home when he performs there. He was very relaxed. We got our party on at SOB in ATL......lol. I guess it was just the difference in the crowds. Elliott came out and did the meet and greet at the merchandise table. They had the T-shirts and cd's for sale.  Thank you Nickeyey09 from Etrain
Here are some pictures she took:


Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Elliott Yamin: The quiet storm

Armed with a vocal talent that reaches the depths of the soul, Elliott Yamin electrified the music room at Smith’s Olde Bar with cuts from both his debut and his latest CD “Fight For Love.” Elliott and his team chose an acoustic tour to “spotlight Elliott’s vocals,” according to his tour manager John. And spotlight it did. Elliott’s vocals are impeccable; it is difficult to discern his live vocals from the recorded version. That is the mark of a true vocalist. Though some big label artists may sound somewhat different live, most indie musicians sound the same or even better live than on their recordings. Elliott falls into the latter class.

With no regrets for his choice to take the indie route, Elliott is extremely happy and fully embraces his musical life. Being an indie artist has allowed Elliott to be the “captain of his own ship,” so to speak. He handles many of his own promotions by writing blogs for his MySpace page and the E-train Station, his official fan site, and he “tweets” every ten minutes. Elliott’s gratitude to American Idol for launching his career remains very clear. “Very few artists get benefit of a built-in, millions strong audience, and I’m so grateful for that,” shares Elliott. With the music industry continuing to change and evolve, Elliott is prepared to be at the forefront. “The Internet and social media have changed things, making it possible for indie artists to succeed,” states Elliott. If his show at Smith’s Olde Bar is any indication, Elliott has enjoyed many successes as an indie artist. Seemingly in awe at the numbers who came to see him at Smith’s, Elliott retains much of the humble, excited nature that won over so many fans during his stint on American Idol. He remains very down to earth and is openly grateful to his fans.

Elliott continues his affiliation with American Idol by participating in the show’s “Idol Gives Back” program. Elliott is preparing to return to Angola, Africa in February to continue the work began last year on a school and orphanage. Elliott first traveled to Angola with Idol winner Fantasia Barrino and was part of the campaign that generated $100,000 from Exxon-Mobil that will benefit this project as well as several charities, including Malaria No More. His excitement in being part of the contingent that will personally deliver the check shows on his face when he speaks of the event. One of the things Elliott enjoys most about his job is the ability to touch people who are in need. When asked about being involved in these charitable works, Elliott shares that “[i]t’s very humbling, and I’m just blessed to get the opportunity.” Elliott also shares that visiting impoverished countries can create a feeling of “survivor’s guilt.” “Maybe I don’t need that big screen TV after all,” Elliott says with all seriousness. “Seeing people who don’t have even clean water to drink is a very humbling experience.” Elliott very much appreciates the real gifts in life, including his fans and the ability to make a living doing what he loves.

During Elliott’s set at Smith’s, the far-reaching power of his music immediately became clear. Fans from literally every walk of life loudly showed their appreciation for Elliott’s musical gift. The youngest fan in the audience appeared around 11 years old with the oldest nearing 70. Black, white, and every race in between made an appearance, and every one of them grooved to Elliott’s soothing yet powerful vocals. Most artists seem to attract a “type” of fan, but Elliott’s music transcends type. Very few artists can pull off attracting various types of listeners; in fact, it’s quite rare, demonstrating that Elliott Yamin has the ability to create long-term staying power in the industry. Hearing Elliott perform in such an intimate setting presents a spectacular opportunity. Many seats were set up just below the stage, and three or four fans sat on the lip of the stage. This setting made Elliott’s performance even better, and fans seemed hyped by the opportunity to see and interact with him so personally. By the time he finished his opening number, Elliott was rewarded with thunderous applause, which seemed to grow in crescendo with each passing song. Elliott, quite obviously feeding from the energy in the room, just got better. His vocals on the latest single release “Can’t Keep On Loving You (From A Distance)” were flawlessly clear and seemed to resonate from the walls of the room. Who needs a full band when an artist possesses such vocal prowess? When Elliott launched into “One Word,” Idol alum Jose “Sway” Penala, who is part of Elliott’s band, encouraged the crowd to sing along. They were only too happy to oblige. Hearing a near capacity crowd singing an artist’s song along with him is inspiring. The evening rapidly became one big “love fest” for Elliott Yamin, and he closed the show out with his national and international hit “Wait For You”—or at least it appeared that the show had come to a close. As the crowd yelled for more, Elliott and his band took the stage to perform “Movin’ On” from Elliott’s debut. Having finished up to the crowd’s complete delight, Elliott announced that he would meet any and everyone at the merchandise booth at the back of the venue. Very few people left, opting instead to take advantage of the opportunity to meet and speak with Elliott.

This story should end here, but there is so much more to Elliott Yamin than his vocal talent. His ability to reel in the audience with his light-hearted banter and genuine nature made the show more than just a concert. Elliott was completely sincere when he said, “All I ever wanted was to earn a living, doing what I love.” Mission accomplished, Elliott. Not only is he living his dream, but Elliott is not content with just that; he wants to give back, and he loves sharing himself with people who take the time and spend their money to come out and see him perform. But, it’s more than that. Finishing up the southern leg of his tour, Elliott heads back to the West Coast for a few shows before leaving for Angola on a mission of care that is very important to him, not to draw attention to his music but because he genuinely cares. His music merely allows the opportunity to benefit something far greater than himself. In a perfect world, all artists would be just like Elliott. In Elliott’s world, life is perfect. 
Thank you so much Shirley Kennedy from Atlanta Examiner  

Buy Elliott’s latest Release “Fight For Love.” There isn’t one bad track on the CD. Download it at iTunes to receive two iTunes exclusive bonus tracks.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Elliott Yamin at the Melting Point: An Idol in Athens

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DSC_0206 As anxious housewives and their unwitting husbands wined and dined, and pre-pubescent girls chattered away in their seats, the Melting Point held a very widely anticipated musical act, a man preceded only by his television reputation. The man in question? Elliott Yamin, a once-contestant on any talent scout’s dream program, American Idol, and Athens welcomed him with open arms and shrill screams.
The show was a quiet, relaxing affair, and although the guests never so much as stood at their seats, it was obvious that they were enjoying themselves. They weren’t the only ones having fun, though; Yamin and Co. played with the vigor of teenagers in their first band, but with the prowess of weathered veterans. Yamin’s voice was impeccable, as is to be expected from an American Idol finalist, and his bandmates provided a sufficient accompaniment. Though the rhythms were simple, the guitar timed perfectly with the drum machine’s percussive persistence, and the fluttery voice of Yamin’s backup singer meshed well with the overall sound.
The set breezed by, and Yamin effortlessly crooned cuts from  his new album. The crowd lingered on every word, singing along to his hit, “Wait for You.” If any of those in attendance came to see a band come together as a singular unit with complex musical artistry, they would’ve been sorely disappointed; however, I find it unlikely that they came to see anything but Yamin strut his vocal stuff. If that was indeed the case, the night would have been one to remember, as strut he did, wailing his heart out for his applauding fans. Elliott Yamin is a true vocal genius, and if you missed him at the Melting Point you’ll have to catch his harmonic stylings on his next roll through town.
-Zack Kraimer       Thank you Zack Kraimer from The Athens Blur Magazine for this review!

Monday, January 18, 2010

SOLD OUT crowd at Smith's Olde Bar in Atlanta & the crowd was insane tonight 1/16/10!!!!

Elliott said on his new tweeter that it was a SOLD OUT crowd at Smith's Olde Bar in Atlanta & the crowd was insane tonight 1/16/10!!!! Thank you very much everyone who made this Atlanta concert SOLD OUT!!!! Now lets make the last 7 or so concerts SOLD OUT too!!!! I guess the love was in that Atlanta air tonight baby!!!!


Elliott Yamin stops in Virginia Beach

"American Idol' Elliott Yamin stops in Virginia Beach
Posted:  01/06/2010 5:50 PM

By Joy Vann
The night before "American Idol" kicks off its ninth season on Fox TV with the typical hapless audition wannabes, fans of the show can get a live "Idol" fix in Virginia Beach with a top finisher, Elliott Yamin.
The 30-year-old Richmond native rose to fame as a finalist in the fifth season of the show and is on a mini-tour to promote his latest album, "Fight for Love." It was released last year and features the radio single "Can't Keep on Loving You."
Yamin has been busy since competing on "American Idol" in 2006, when he placed third (by a narrow margin) behind Taylor Hicks and Katharine McPhee.
He found success when his album "Elliott Yamin" entered as the highest independent debut by a new artist in Billboard chart history, and his single, "Wait for You," was a top 5 hit.
Times are a bit tougher now, he said, and he's working  harder than ever.
"It's been a tough road. The business has changed since the first album came out. It's tougher to get radio on board and to get money from the label to promote it," he said. "There have been changes in the record business. People don't buy full albums anymore. It's tough for an artist to make a dollar."
Despite the difficulties, he's confident that his fans will pull him through.
"I have a really loyal fan base and I have a brand, but I need to work on expanding my base. This was just a slow year."
Yamin has played The NorVa, a downtown Norfolk venue that can hold about 1,400 people, but he'll be making his Virginia Beach debut Monday at The Jewish Mother, a much smaller Oceanfront institution that he's visited many times.
"I love the intimate settings and having that immediacy with the fans and listeners. It creates a nice atmosphere," he said.
Yamin described this tour, lasting just the month of January, as "stripped down and laid back."
"It's acoustic with a twist," he said, adding that he's happy to be back on tour. "I love everything about being on the road, waking up in a new city every day and the meet-and-greets. I've always wanted to travel and see the world."
In October, Yamin completed his second USO tour in Japan and Guam. Performing for the troops is gratifying, he said, and he hopes to perform in Iraq and Afghanistan.
"It's great to get out there and thank the men and women of the armed services. It gives them a little taste of home, and it allows us to say thanks. I've performed at some of the smaller bases around the world that can get overlooked. It makes it that much more special for the troops, like the ones we met in Japan, that might not get as much recognition as those stationed in war zones."
While Yamin keeps working to find lasting success in the United States, he's a star in Japan, a turn that he never imagined in his wildest dreams.
"It's a great market for my music. I've been there eight times in two years and sold a lot of records. For some reason, my records do really well there. I love being there. I love the people, the culture, the food, everything."
Following the current tour, Yamin's calendar is booked solid. His itinerary includes stops in Japan, Chile (for the Vina del Mar International Song Festival) and a return to Angola as "American Idol" representative for Exxon Mobil Corp.'s malaria initiative.
"I plan on being on the road a lot," he said. "I think this year is going to be good for me."

Joy Vann, joyvann@cox.net

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Announcing...2010 Tour Dates!!!, East Coast dates

Sat 1/2/10 - Alexandria, VA -The Birchmere
Sun 1/3/10 - New York, NY -Highline Ballroom
Mon 1/4/10 - Annapolis, MD -Rams Head
Thur 1/7/10 - Pittsburgh, PA -Altar Bar
Fri 1/8/10 - Allentown, PA -Crocodile Rock
Sat 1/9/10 - Norfolk, CT -Infinity Hall
Mon 1/11/10 - VA Beach, VA -The Jewish Mother
Thur 1/14/10 - Carrboro, NC -Cat's Cradle
Sat 1/16/10 - Atlanta, GA - Smiths Olde Bar
Sun 1/17/10 - Athens, GA -The Melting Point
Mon 1/18/10 - Birmingham, AL - Workplay
Sat 1/23/10 - Tempe, AZ - The Marquee ***(CANCELLED)***
Sun 1/24/10 - San Diego, CA - House Of Blues
Tues 1/26/10 - Los Angeles, CA - The Roxy
Wed 1/27/10 - Anaheim, CA - House Of Blues

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Elliott Yamin is no longer with Croshal Entertainment Inc.

It looks like Elliott Yamin is no longer using Croshal Entertainment, Inc. He is listed as past clients, so who is promoting Elliott Yamin? Or is he promoting himself? I don't think that Croshal Entertainment was marketing Elliott the way he should be. I think that if he is marketing and promoting himself, I salute him. Elliott  has real talent and he is so intelligent. I think he has some really good people that support him and they know the business. Way to go Elliott Yamin!