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James Durbin (born January 6, 1989) is an American singer from Santa Cruz, California. Durbin was a Top 4 finalist on the tenth season of American Idol. He was eliminated on Thursday, May 12th, 2011. The Love Me Bad Songfacts reports that his pitch-perfect voice and hard rocker’s attitude made him one of the most popular contestants of the series. After finishing fourth, he signed to Wind-Up Records (Evanescence, Seether). Love Me Bad, Durbin’s first single released from his debut solo album, Memories of a Beautiful Disaster, was released online on October 19, 2011.

Durbin was born to Judy Settle-Durbin. His father Willy Durbin, a musician, died of drug overdose when he was 9. He was diagnosed with Tourette’s and Asperger’s syndrome shortly after his father died. He has facial tics, some social awkwardness, and restricted interests.
He has a fiancée, Heidi whom he met in a bar and considered his ‘rock’. They have a son together named Hunter.
In 2006, he performed in Santa Cruz-based children’s theater group called Kids on Broadway and played the lead role in “Beauty and the Beast” and “Singin’ in the Rain”, as well as “West Side Story” in a production by All About Theatre, a Santa Cruz community theatre company. He was also the lead singer in a metal band called The Hollywood Scars. He said he has also done country music before.

Two years ago, James was invited to record and mix his amazing vocal talent with legendary producer/engineer/artist Alan Parsons (of The Alan Parsons Project/Beatles/Pink Floyd fame). Along with professional vocalist PJ Olsson, the group recorded James’ vocals on Alan Parsons’ song “We Play The Game,” a collaboration with The Crystal Method.


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  • PatrickMLima

    Louder Than a Loaded Gun <3

    3 Sep 2014 Reply
  • v0xtheriot

    the new album is pop...what?

    9 Apr 2014 Reply
  • Candyheart33

    Just read his bio on Soundcloud which goes on and on about how there's only pop music and James is different and he's making it his mission to bring rock n roll back! Then he releases a pop song. Lol what?

    17 Feb 2014 Reply
  • Ty_Sylicus

    New album on pre-order. You've got my affection James.

    28 Dec 2013 Reply
  • CioffDogg

    Finally got around to listening to Parachute and I can't say enough how disappointed I am. I read somewhere his claim that this album would be "heavier metal." This is NOT even remotely close to metal, it's really borderline pop rock...and maybe that's his key demographic. But come on, man...if you're gonna say it's heavier metal, people are going to be expecting something heavier than your first album, which this is NOT! He just needs to wake up and decide which demographic he's going to play to. Don't say it's Judas Priest and give us Owl City...

    16 Dec 2013 Reply
  • golab006

    Parachute is awesome! Can't wait for the new album.

    27 Nov 2013 Reply
  • Mamasuse

    The best singer ever on American idol. He should be on the top of the charts. Keep it up James, you have it. I'm still a fan and always will be!!!

    24 Mar 2013 Reply
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  • goodbyecolumbus

    I literally can't even describe how good this guy is live. His album may sound pop, but he softened it so it would sell to his Idol fans. But live, he is all rock and metal and it's fantastic.

    21 Jul 2012 Reply
  • soundofmadness1

    ok thats enough. seriously. who cares if its pop-rock. as long as the music is good it doesnt matter

    29 Mar 2012 Reply
  • inaktiverad

    UchihaUmi: If you want more like Outcast, go ahead and listen to Hardcore Superstar. You can clearly hear that they are involved in Outcast.

    27 Mar 2012 Reply
  • UchihaUmi

    Anyway, really excited for new material anyway :) I love the album, but I do want more stuff like Outcast and Higher Than Heaven

    15 Mar 2012 Reply
  • UchihaUmi

    Who cares if it's fucking metal or pop-rock, just enjoy his music for what it is and forget labels. Gosh, bunch of snobs...

    15 Mar 2012 Reply
  • hebelovesdc

    Wait 'til the next album...this is an American Idol product, I mean this first album. The next is going to be more like James more metal...

    8 Mar 2012 Reply
  • dreaming_aloud

    Preffered him when he was himself, not a product of show-biz. Such a pity you let them suck you...

    5 Mar 2012 Reply
  • inaktiverad

    Outcast is a nice track thx to Mick Mars and Hardcore Superstar

    26 Feb 2012 Reply
  • vine3

    May ♥

    26 Feb 2012 Reply
  • manoel_carneiro

    not metal, give me a break ---2

    16 Feb 2012 Reply
  • tomba93

    Outcast is the only 'metal' song on the new album (classic 80's glam style), and the rest is power-pop / pop-rock / post-grunge but perfectly written and performed. Decent stuff!

    7 Feb 2012 Reply
  • screamin_jesus

    Dudes got a great voice but this album is watered down garbage.

    7 Feb 2012 Reply
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