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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Celebrity Sightings in Los Angeles Elliott Yamin at Mondrian at the Celebrity Sightings in Los Angeles at Los Angeles CA(Footage by WireImage Video/GettyImages).

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Elliott Yamin performing at Diabetes walk 2011

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Virginia Currents: Elliott Yamin; The VCCA

Everyone needs to see this interview with Elliott Yamin it is really amazing!! 

Monday, November 14, 2011

Idol' Comes to Saint Rocke-THE BEACH REPORTER

'Idol' Comes to Saint Rocke

(Updated: Wednesday, November 9, 2011 5:41 PM PST)

Former ‘American Idol’ contestant Elliott Yamin will perform at Saint Rocke Nov. 12

Elliott Yamin came up short in taking the fifth-season crown of “American Idol,” but the soulful singer cultivated a loyal fan base during that whirlwind experience.

Yamin will make his South Bay debut headlining at Saint Rocke in Hermosa Beach Saturday, Nov. 12.

Since his third-place finish behind Taylor Hicks and Katharine McPhee in 2006, Yamin released his self-titled album in 2007. That album went gold (selling more than 500,000 copies, reaching No. 3 on the Billboard charts) and had the hit single “Wait for You,” which reached No. 5 on the Billboard pop charts. He followed that with two holiday albums, “Sounds of the Season: The Elliott Yamin Holiday Collection” and “My Kind of Holiday.”

In 2009, his second pop album, “Fight for Love,” was released, but it didn’t make the splash his first album had. Hickory Records dropped him from the label, so his third pop album, “Gather ’Round,” was released this year in Japan. Yamin is expected to release a new album in the United States early next year.

Yamin has also been busy entertaining the armed forces to volunteering for charitable causes. He went to Angola as part of “Idol Gives Back” and recently returned from Japan where he performed at a tsunami relief effort concert.

Yamin spoke this week to The Beach Reporter about his new music and his experience on “American Idol.”

The last album, “Gather ’Round,” was released in Japan this year, but not in the States yet.

I’m going to be releasing a version of that here in the states in March. The reason being, I already had a licensing deal with the label I’ve been working with (in Japan) and partnering with since my first project came out. That had been a definite thing and Hickory had dropped me here so I went for the sure thing. I had new music recorded and done and ready to roll out. I had the content. They had the deal. I said, “So let’s do it.”

What’s the new material like compared to the first couple albums?

Very different. There are flashes of some of the first album, just because how organically it was done. The first time around I was very green to the recording process. I didn’t know my capabilities as a singer in the studio or even how to use my voice. I hadn’t really discovered who I was as an artist. I knew who I was as a singer. I think I’ve found a really good sound and did what I wanted to do. I wanted to make timeless, classic music and make it soulful. I got to work with some amazing people and players and got to involve a lot of my players who I’ve been playing with over the past four or five years in my band.

Where did that soulful sound come from?

My mom (Claudette, who died in 2008) was my first musical influence. She was a singer herself. She never made it professionally, but that’s how my brother and I were born in L.A. She left Virginia when she was the same age (28 years old) I was when I left for Hollywood week on Idol. There are so many parallels, but that’s one of them. She came out to find herself and become a singer, but it never panned out her. She introduced me to soul music and doo-wop sound and standards from the 1940s and 1950s and 1960s when I was an infant. It was kind of ingrained in me. I want to say it was in my DNA, but my brother has no musical talent whatsoever and neither does my half sister.

“American Idol” was five years ago. How crazy was that whole experience?

Any type of adjective you could think of wrapped up in one. It was a whirlwind kind of experience. I had an absolute blast. It was the best time of my life, man. My life changed drastically for the better almost overnight. It really prepared me for what I was getting myself into. I really didn’t know what I was getting myself into. All I know I wanted to take a chance, my first and only real shot to become a recording artist and establish a career for myself. I had so many jobs and I come from such a working class family. So much happens and life happens and can pass you by sometimes. “Idol” came along and offered me that opportunity to really go after it. People always asked me, “What did you expect?” I really didn’t know what to expect. That was the beauty of it. I was flying by the seat of my pants as most of us were or all of us were. I learned a lot about the business and how it works. I learned a lot about myself also. I really realized my talent and my gift. I’m forever grateful for that experience and what it has led to.

What has been the most surprising thing about your post-Idol career?

I get to do what I do. That surprises me still to this day. I haven’t become too jaded. The support really surprises me. There’s a lot of support out there and people just dig what I do, which enables me to do this. I have learned the world is a big place and music is that one language that we all speak. Getting to go to Japan a lot and the Philippines and getting to see different parts of the world all through me opening up my big mouth, which my mom told me I always had, and singing. It’s something I’ve been doing since the doctor said push. I’m really fortunate.

Thank you 
Michael Hixon for this amazing article!!!!!

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Elliott Yamin to Jam in Hermosa

Elliott Yamin to Jam in Hermosa

The former 'American Idol' finalist is set to perform at Saint Rocke on Saturday night.
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American Idol second runner-up Elliott Yamin  is scheduled to bring his rich, soulful vocals to Saint Rocke in Hermosa Beach on Saturday night.
Expect music-lovers to line up outside of the PCH venue for the 9 p.m. show, where Station and Ella Smith are also listed to perform.
Yamin auditioned with thousands for the Fox TV show's season five and became one of the finalists.
Other standouts that season included singer-actress Katherine McPhee and winner Taylor Hicks.
In 2007, Yamin released his debut self-titled album, which featured the hit single "Wait for You."
Start your Saturday with a slow jam by checking out the single's music video (see accompanying video under photo above.)
About this column: The entertainment column, "Hermosa Sounds," features local bands, performances, and pioneers in music.Thank you  Jacqueline Howard for this article!!

Elliott Yamin-Gather Round-Emporia,VA-2/26/11

ELLIOTT YAMIN One Word and Cold Heart-Elliott Yamin LIVE in Emporia VA. His first Virginia Concert since last year.-video by emmy4E

Elliott Yamin - I Can't Keep On Loving You From a Distance, 9-14-11-video by hosaa

Elliott Yamin - Let's Get to What's Real-Performing at the Birchmere in Alexandria, Virginia, September 14, 2011. Video by hosaa.

Elliott Yamin at Mercury Lounge - Virginia

Elliott Yamin "Movin On" 9-16-11 Sellersville PA

Elliott Yamin singing "Virginia" on 9-16-11 at the Sellersville Theater in

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Some new pictures of Elliott Yamin

Thank you Elliott for these pictures!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Elliott Yamin ‘Idol’ finalist croons in Peoria

Posted: Tuesday, November 8, 2011 12:45 pm | Updated: 7:59 pm, Tue Nov 8, 2011.
Former “American Idol” finalist Elliott Yamin never imagined his life changing so quickly after his third-place finish on Season 5 of the hit television series.
Yamin will perform Thursday at Skye Lounge in Peoria and sing tunes from his two successful albums.
“This is still a dream to me,” said Yamin, calling from Los Angeles. “Not in a million years did I have a clue that I would be here right now.”
The Virginia native said he’s appreciative of the reality competition that launched his career. Yamin added that “American Idol” gave him a crash course in show business.
“Everything from the studio sessions and rehearsals to the photo shoots, I learned from the show and that helps when you’re trying to have a life like this,” Yamin said.
In 2005, Yamin auditioned with thousands for the Fox TV show and became one of the top 12 finalists. His season included Chris Daughtry of the band Daughtry; singer-actress Katherine McPhee; Grammy nominated gospel artist Mandisa and the winner, Taylor Hicks.
He remains in touch with some of those contestants and others from various seasons.
“It’s like an eternal fraternity that we’re all a part of because we’ve gone through the same thing,” Yamin said.
After the show in 2007, Yamin released his debut self-titled album, which hit No. 3 on the Billboard 100 Albums chart and No. 1 on the independent charts.
The album produced the hit single “Wait for You” and holds the record for the largest debut of an artist on a independent label.
And he won’t forget it, since his mother framed the chart for him.
His mother, who died in 2008, was often shown on “American Idol” in clips or in the audience.
“Not a day goes by that I don’t think about her, and I’m very happy that she had the chance to see me live out part of my dream,” Yamin said.
In addition, Yamin said she would be happy to see his younger brother graduate from college and become a pharmacist.
Five years ago when he competed on the show, “American Idol” was one of the very few televised singing and talent contests. But now, there are more than enough similar series, such as “X Factor,” “The Voice” and “America’s Got Talent.”
And Yamin said there’s room for everyone.
“When I started there weren’t as many opportunities and social media wasn’t strong, but that’s different now,” he said. “I think these shows have helped so many people to have real shots and chances. A big part of being a recording artist is making any impression you can to help your career.”
Even though he loves the recording process, Yamin said he always enjoys live performances and can’t wait to hit the stage at Skye Lounge.
He describes his sound as soul, “because there is nothing really poppy about me.”
“You can expect a lot of energy from me and some top-notch musicians in the band,” Yamin said. “I’m going to be ready to jam and sing my face off.”
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