American Idol’s Hollie Cavanagh Set to Record Album in Los Angeles

American Idol 11 alum, Hollie Cavanagh spent the holidays in her hometown, Liverpool, England, where she recently told the Liverpool Echo that she plans to move to Los Angeles to record an album.

Hollie explains how she got on the path to recording her first album. “I contacted Nathan Porter who worked on the show at the time and asked if there was anybody he knew that I could write with.”

“It’s all about finding the right song,” the singer explains, “I’m working on writing my own songs and I’m trying to put my own stamp on it.”

Hollie, who has been living with her family in McKinney, Texas for the past 10 years reveals why she plans to move west, “There’s not a lot to do where I am.” she says, “But in LA there are labels and writers I can work with so I’m excited about moving.”

On what kind of album she’ll make, Hollie tells the Echo, “It’s going to be a pop album but I’ve always loved Mariah Carey, Christina Aguilera and Whitney Houston and those big diva ballad songs. Those ballads don’t sell as much as they did when they made them so I want to do pop songs. But there will still be ballads on there as well.”

She hopes a record label will pick up the album when it is finished in 2013.

Via the Liverpool Echo

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  • CB40

    I always liked Hollie

  • Anny_nanny

    I hope we will hear about these children. They are very talented, I don’t want to lose any of them.
    Hollie is a good girl and she proved that she can work and can learn. Good luck!

  • raya

    Hollie has the instrument and the personality.  With her I just never felt like she knew what she really wanted to do musically, but I wish her the best and I hope she finds her place in the industry.  My gut is she should stick to the Demi Lovato type number she did on tour.

    I do think she’s ultimately in the same place as many of the other non-19 S11 gang who if you follow them on social media all seem to be gearing up to work on their own projects in the new year, or are already doing so in some capacity.  EVP is pretty much doing everything on her own, per her own admission.  Heejun is off in Korea.  Elise is working on stuff, but I’m not sure if it’s all independently.  DeAndre seems to have some sort of management in place and was writing in Milwaukee last week.   I still have no idea what the deal is with Joshua.

    I pretty much like all of them, so I hope the new year brings them all good things.

  • girlygirltoo

    Good luck to Hollie. Hopefully she will find a smaller label that will pick the album up.

  • Ryan

    I love Hollie so much. She has the perfect voice for mainstream pop, sort of a Demi-like style. She just needs the right songs because she already has the look, sound, personality, and her stage presence had improved A LOT by the end of the tour. I think she could actually do really well!

  • sue

    Yay!  I love Hollie and I will definitely buy her album. Another idol alum that I will support.  :)  

  • Kesia Monteith

    Good for you Hollie! Love ya & wish you luck!

  • tucker davis

    I agree! She has a great voice and is beautiful! Hope she has success in the new year.

  • Kariann Hart

    Wishing Hollie much luck on her album!

  • steph6449

    As album projects go, this sounds a bit sketchy on specifics. But good that she has some kind of plan to continue on with her music and try to connect up with a label or others who can help her.

  • Lovesyesha

    Love this girl! In my opinion, she is the most marketable “pop star” from out of the bunch last year. She has the perfect voice, looks, and personality for it. I hope she gets to put music out so I can have more of her crystal clear voice on my ipod!

  • lovetheusa1776

    Very much looking forward to Hollie’s music.  Hope she does well – beautiful voice.

  • Jeannie09

     Every song I bought of Hollie’s studio versions were truly outstanding. She really can sing anything. Although Hollie can knock ballad songs out of the park, she is wise enough to start her path with what sells. Hollie has in the last year gained much experience, became more polished, and ultimately revealed what a rare gem she is. I don’t buy many Idol albums but I sure will buy hers. Wishing Hollie all the best!     

  • tomr

    Can’t wait.  Sure hope it happens.  My favorite (by far) last season.

  • Li Wright

    Good luck to her.  What I read is that she’s going to produce the album — or some producer is going to make the album — and then they’re going to shop it to a record label.  I often wonder — don’t you — how do these kids live in LA, I mean, do they have any money?

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I hope that Holly gets a real shot at a recording career. I always felt that she was often unfairly criticized on the show.

  • jcabby

    Best of luck to Hollie! That big voice of hers needs to make it in the music industry. :)

  • Kitwana

    I hope Hollie can get someone to pay for making her CD. Maybe Kickstarter? Maybe an Indie label? It’s really hard to sell CDs today. Better she use the label’s money or the fan’s money than her own. She’s better off saving the money from the Idol Tour for rent, food and utilities while she shops around for a label.

  • Landon Cox

     I think Hollie should try to get featured on like a David Guetta track. Would help get her name out there outside of the Idol sphere, as well get her on a dance/pop song like Titanium.

  • Cory ??

    I feel like with the right material Hollie could be a star, but the kind of material she is describing won’t sale records in the industry today unfortunately. 

  • Ronny Dias

    I’m pretty sure some ballads that came after that golden diva era mentioned by Hollie managed to be successful (like the ones sung by Kelly, Leona and even Demi), specially outside the US.
    The question, IMO, is to find the right ballad.

    So, good luck to Hollie in 2013!

  • Stefan Wind

    Wish Hollie the best of luck!

  • durbesque

    “It’s all about finding the right song” Holly says.  That’s a start.  Then, it’s all about getting the song heard.  And on and on the process goes.  It’s not for the faint of heart.  I liked her on the show.  But that’s a long way from making a dent.  Best wishes.     

  • lisa

    it’s about time Hollie!!!!my opinion, you had the most talent. 

  • Bryant

    See the “scary” thing about Hollie? She’s been singing for 4 years. FOUR. Take any singer, actor, athlete, chef, etc., after 4 years of experience, and see if they can make even a dent in a national competition of their specific craft, let alone come in 4th place in the most popular reality competition this world has ever seen. As extremely talented as she is now, I honestly don’t think she has even come close to reaching her potential. We’ve already seen how much she can improve in a year, and the “scary” thing I was talking about, haha, this 
    “climb” ain’t over :).

  • raya

    While that is true and I understand where you are going with it as I don’t think Hollie has come close to her potential as yet either, that isn’t entirely unique to Hollie in terms of Idol.  I’m pretty sure there have been several past idols, or at the very least a few others, who have had just as little experience as Hollie pre-Idol.  For one example, see Jason Castro, who also came in 4th back during S7.  He had been a drummer for years, but had only started singing a couple of years at most before idol.  The thing about Idol is it’s never going to be a level playing field like that.  You’re going to have an inexperienced Hollie against someone like Jessica who has been at it since she was a tiny tot.  You’re going to have a Jason up against someone like Archuleta, who like Jessica, had been at it since he was tiny.

  • Anny_nanny

    Phillip began to sing in the two years before audition to AI, no one will ever remember it.

  • Bryant

    He was still a musician though and knew the ins and out of the business, as most have. She also had zero musical background in her family, she started from square one. I’m sure Hollie isn’t the sole person like this, but the incline of her improvement has exceeded most, if not all, in my opinion, and I don’t see any reason to believe that it won’t continue.

  • raya

    I like Hollie so I’m certainly not trying to take away from her accomplishments, but I don’t see much difference between her arc and previous idols with little to no experience.  Yes, Jason was a drummer in a band as a teenager.  But he didn’t sing.  At all.  He only started teaching himself to sing (and play guitar) in college, where he was on an engineering scholarship.  Philip isn’t exactly known for being a great vocalist, but he had limited vocal experience pre-Idol. 

  • Henrique Mendes

    I hear ya! I sometimes wonder about that too. But I think they do get a good chunk out of the idol tour. It’s a good amount to stay in LA for a few months and work on the album

  • Henrique Mendes

    I remember reading that each idol usually gets around 100k for the whole tour. Don’t know How true this is.

  • Kitwana

    If Megan Joy and Anoop Desai can raise $15,000 and $12,000 respectively from Kickstarter, Hollie should have no problem doing the same or more. I’m surprised more Idols without a label (Major or Indie) don’t go down the Kickstarter route. Idol has the most rabid fans out there. A YouTube plea for funds could raise some quick funds, especially right after the Idol season. If 1000 fans donate $20, that’s $20,000. My point is, DON’T USE YOUR OWN MONEY. Save the tour money, whatever the amount, for rent and food. Anoop’s first CD, All is Fair, sold 900 copies. There are no stats available for the Kickstarter funded CDs of Anoop or Megan Joy. Let the fans take the loss. They can afford it.

  • raya

     EVP has said she plans to do a kickstarter at some point.

  • Tommyo2000

    Good that she is going to LA, seems like the best place to be for most of them of the post Idol … I was not really a Hollie fan, but I respected her run and what she had to endure to get to #4 … but it seems to me she would be better served going to NY and taking acting lessons.  With her name recognition and voice she could probalby make a nice living on B’way …

  • julesb2183

    Hope the plans come through to Hollie – such a beautiful voice.

  • Stooch

    Good for Hollie, she was my favorite this year, which is weird because I don’t generally get into the style of artist Hollie is.  I think it’s her pure and powerful vocals which is something that draws me to many of my favorites.  I also really liked her “Little Trooper” attitude that kept her plugging away throughout the show.  I agree with many she is inexperienced but I hope she can make a living out of it till she get’s it figured out, which in my opinion will take a few years.  I will definitely buy her album, because I do have a soft spot for the girl and at this point I’m almost ready to support anyone who can actually sing live and not be a product of auto-tune Ha Ha 

  • Leandro

    That guy, Nathan Porter, seems to be a handymans for Idol doing sorta shady job once in a while. LMAO

  • EmmaCT

    She mentioned on Twitter that she was taking acting lessons. I think she has tons of personality, a wicked sense of humor and an ease on camera when it’s a smaller group and just the camera. Her learning curve on AI was how to perform in front of a large live audience (something most of her fellow contestants had conquered); it both endeared her as we watched her try to work it out week after week – but probably polarized some viewers as we rarely get to watch someone actually “growing” on AI any more. I hope she looks at more than just “singing” – she’s charming. 

  • Miz

    I wish Hollie the best. I hope she has some friends out here that she can share a place with who will look out for her. I like her and think she’s tremendously talented. I can see her getting into acting along with singing.

  • Anny_nanny
  • Happyhexer

    Hollie has an incredible vocal instrument, and I certainly hope that she is able to put out an album.  I’d line up to buy it!  But she will have her work cut out for her.  Someone on another thread referred to Jimmy Iovine as Phillip Phillip’s Colonel Tom Parker.  Frankly, Hollie needs her own Col. Parker.  Much as I love Hollie, her hasn’t impressed me with her musical savvy.  The music industry is brutal.  Hollie needs a musical vision, or to have someone in her corner that has a musical vision that will work for her.  Good luck, Hollie!