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Saturday, March 24, 2012

Elliott Yamin w Marty Schwartz - Guitar Jamz Blog - Trip to Atlanta - Live gigs

Thank you Marty for this youtube video!!

Check out what's new at Entertainment Weekly

Thank you Entertainment Weekly for what they said about Elliott Yamin but they should of gave him A+ He is the most talented of all the American Idols but Elliott is the most over looked. I really hope that will change with his new cd.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Pictures from Loews in Atlanta

Cool Bar in the lobby at Loews in Atlanta

Thank you Elliott Yamin for these pictures

Elliott Yamin's New CD (Let's Get To What's Real)

Monday, March 12, 2012

Idols perform at Malaria No More event

By David Oliver, USA TODAY
Updated 3d 8h ago
Three former American Idol contestants, Jason Castro (fourth place, Season 7), Melinda Doolittle (third place, Season 6) and Elliott Yamin (third place, Season 5), performed at Malaria No More's "Idols Go To Washington" event Wednesday.
USA TODAY's David Oliver covered the event, which was held at the Jones Day building in Washington, D.C., where Malaria No More's invited guests enjoyed an evening of celebration and progress toward ridding the world of malaria for good.
The former contestants got involved with Malaria No More during their respective stints on the show, when the Fox series started working in conjunction with the organization in preparation for Idol Gives Back, a way for the contestants to reach out to fans to help people in need around the world.
Since 2006, Idol Gives Back, a recurring charity special, has raised millions of dollars for Malaria No More.
In addition to their performances, the former Idols spent the day on Capitol Hill speaking with members of Congress about Malaria No More's progress and how important it is for the U.S. government to continue supporting the cause.
Doolittle reflected on her approximately four years with Malaria No More, including a trip to Zambia with Laura Bush, former first lady. "When I got involved with Malaria No More, one child every 30 seconds was dying of malaria, and that's what hit home for me," she said. "At this point, it's one child every minute, which is still way too much, but I see it change."
Doolittle is currently working on her second album and is writing songs for the first time -- and is taking her time with it. "I'm ultra-picky, so I keep changing things," she said.
Castro, who recently inked a deal with Word Records, combines his music with his charity work by getting through to fans at concerts, like asking them to donate via text message. He also participated in Malaria No More's "Stayin' Alive" program as an ambassador, who would help get the word out to high school students to raise money for the cause.
Castro says other plans are in the works to help get the word out even further. "I think kids are so dying to be involved with something, and we're about to do some stuff with college kids too," he said. "I think it gives a lot of people a lot of purpose."
Yamin's third album, Let's Get to What's Real, will be out April 10, and although single 3 Words has already appeared on the radio, that's not what the rest of the album will sound like.
"I wanted to get away from machines and make less machine-driven music and implement some live instrumentation," he said. "I wanted to write it all and be a part of the production. It's just real good, honest soulful music, no gimmicks. Everything is really topical and relatable and honest."
Yamin also noted that it is important to get the younger generation involved in fighting malaria, because it is the younger generation of kids that are most affected by the disease. "The kids are our future," he said.
Malaria No More's goal is to reach near zero deaths from malaria by 2015.

Thank You  David Oliver, USA TODAYfor this report. But I really want to thank Elliott Yamin for being such a champion for this cause! Elliott Yamin should be a Ambassdor!! Elliott has been the only one of the former Idols to really do anything for this case and Elliott should really be awarded for it! Others have done it for a photo op and that is all! Elliott has been fighting for this cause for six years and he has never been recognized for it and that alone is a shame!!!!

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Elliott Yamin Interview: 3 Words

Tell us about the just-released video for “3 Words” and also a bit more about this song, which we love.
The video, I thought, really came out beautiful. I liked what I read [of the treatment] and I thought it had a really cool narrative story with the dancing, and I’m not much of a video performer so [laughs]…it was focused more on telling the story through the dance.
The song is just real honest, lyrically. Everyone has kind of been through this…it’s real relatable, I think. It talks about how sometimes those words, I love you, can’t really bring back the spark that once existed in a relationship. That’s kind of the sentiment of the song, written by a great accomplished writer, David Hodges. I was honored to work with him, of course.

It’s been a little while since your last album came out. So catch us up! What have you been up to?
Wow, a whole lot! I’ve been able to travel back and forth to Asia and mainly Japan and release music there, and tour there.
The funny thing about this album is I actually released it back in March, in Japan. So I went over there. This album has actually been done for a long time, probably about a year now…almost a year. I feel like it’s great to finally have it come out, a version of it, in the states. I’m excited.
Your new album, “Let’s Get To What’s Real” will be out here in the states in March. What should people expect?
“3 Words” is actually the most commercial sounding song I have on the album. It’s actually going to be a bonus track on the album. The title, “Let’s Get To What’s Real” is also the title of another song on the album, and I just wanted to get back to real music, and kind of just create an album that’s real, organic, raw soul, with real instrumentation. Kind of like what the Foo Fighters said, not relying so much on machines.  It’s real raw, it’s real soulful, and it’s topical. It’s just honest, the best word I can use to describe it. I’ve never gotten to make an album like this before, and be involved in all the processes. I co-wrote every song, and co-produced it all and arranged the vocals, arranged horn sections…really got down and got my hands dirty with the mixing with my partners, from start to finish. This album is more cohesive than anything I’ve done before, and that’s what I love about it.
Are there any specific tracks that really stand out for you?
Yeah, there are so many. They are all so personal to me. But “Self Control” is a real fun one, and “Gather Round” is another real fun one. You can dance to them and “Self Control” is gritty and soulful and sexy.
And “Gather Round” is just kind of like a party song, a let loose kind of song. Every song has personal meaning to me. It was so much fun to write and record and build, and create.
What do you want fans and listeners to take away from the album?
Just to appreciate an artist is trying to evolve and grow, and mature, an artist who is trying to just keep doing this for the rest of his life. I think people will dig it, and appreciate it. Not everybody is, and I’m okay with that.
You’ve been doing a lot of charity work. Can you talk more about what you’ve done and the charities you work with?
There’s going to be an event in DC in March, called “Idols on the Hill.” It’s an event I’m going to play at, involving Idol finalists who’ve been involved in the “Idol Gives Back” and various charities that “Idol Gives Back” has partnered up with.
I’m always doing something with the JDRF, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation You know, I’m a Type 1 diabetic, so if there’s any chance I get to do whatever I can to help raise money and awareness, bring attention to our plight…I’ve been real fortunate to have a platform to be able to use that as a vehicle, if nothing else, just to bring some attention to this and do whatever I can to help find a cure.
For fans who want to keep up with you, we know you’re active on your Twitter (http://www.twitter.com/elliottyamin), of course, but for those who are reading this, what would you like to say to your fans?
I wouldn’t be talking to you, at this very moment, if not for them. I just want them to know how much I appreciate the love and support out there and they afford me this opportunity, that really is a privilege, to get to do what I love, and not too many people I know and grew up with, especially where I come from, you can’t really say that.
And it really is a privilege and an honor. I’m just grateful. I’m in debt with the gratitude I have for the fans out there.
Thank you The Star Scoop for this interview

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Friday, March 9, 2012

'American Idols' get shoutout from Cantor

Former “American Idol” finalists Elliott YaminJason Castro andMelinda Doolittle took a break from making music Wednesday to go knocking on congressmen’s doors in the name of malaria prevention. The singers are all advocates for Malaria No More, which works with "American Idol’s" nonprofit, the Idol Gives Back Foundation.

“We kind of lobbied without asking them for money,” said Yamin. “Lobbying without really lobbying.”

This non-lobbying lobbying caught the attention of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., who tweeted a picture with the singers when they stopped by his office. This makes Cantor the second prominent Republican to publicly affiliate with the show, following Mitt Romney’s admission to the The Today Show last year that "Idol" was his favorite TV program.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Thank you Elliott for this picture you all look good. What a great cause!

American Idols Alums to Participate in Fight Against Malaria Reception

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Former American Idol finalists Jason Castro (Season 7), Melinda Doolittle (Season 6), and Elliott Yamin (Season 5) will be heading to Washington D.C on Wednesday, March 7th to meet with members of Congress and join in on a reception with leaders of the Washington business, philanthropic and global health communities.  The reception will be held in the evening, from 6:30 – 8:00 pm, and will celebrate the contributions of the U.S. Government with the recent reduction in malaria deaths.
The event will be hosted by Malaria No More CEO David Bowen and c0-host of Fox News Channel’sAmerica’s Newsroom, Martha MacCallum.
Last year, over 650,000 people died from malaria. Malaria is a preventable and treatable disease transmitted by the bite of a mosquito infected with the disease. 85% of the deaths were in children under the age of five, and 90% of them were in sub-Sarahan Africa. A child under the age of five dies of Malaria every minute. The disease costs Africa billions of dollars a year and in many African countries, up to 40% of health care resources are spent treating it.
Every year, American Idol does their Idol Gives Back charity special, which has featured the Malaria disease since 2006. Idol Gives Back has helped educate over 40 million Americans about Malaria and has raised millions of dollars for the Malaria No More campaign.