Crystal Bowersox, Danny Gokey, Megan Joy, Kris Allen Song Previews

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Spring has sprung…a slew of albums from Idol alums!  Besides the major label releases from Carrie Underwood (May 1), Adam Lambert (May 15), Kris Allen (May 22) and Haley Reinhart (May 22), we’ve got some upcoming independent releases to call to your attention.

Before we get to the indies, check out snippets of the Kris Allen “Vision of Love” remix EP at Amazon, due out May 28.

Season 9 runner-up, Crystal Bowersox has recorded an EP of tunes she wrote before American Idol.  The six song set, Once upon a Time, recorded with guitarist Frankie May will be available on May 29.

Not seeing a release date for Season 8 alum, Danny Gokey’s,  7 song EP, Love Again, but you can listen to snips right now at CD Baby.  The CD is eclectic, featuring a mix of music styles Danny has been calling “experimental.”  Several musicians who have been with Carrie Underwood’s  touring band worked on Danny’s EP project, plus, some folks who have toured with Danny, and most recently–Scotty McCreery.

It’s been months in the making, but Megan Joy has finally released her self-titled debut album through the Kickstarter fundraising program!  Listen to snips of Megan Joy, and if you like BUY at  Megan’s Bandcamp page.  Eventually, the album will be available on iTunes.

 
  • revolution

    Crystals EP is fantastic, I got a copy that was available at her Oklahoma show. The snippets do not do it justice…Listen to a preview of SLUT here…http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZhQzIZdqP8E&feature=youtu.be

  • windmills

    Dang, Crystal sounds glorious. Nice to hear her voice come forth in studio recordings like this. 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WIHKL34XDORTS2UZP4SWUUTG3U randi

    WTF is up with Megan’s cover?  She looks deformed…. eeek….

  • Anonymous

    Some one tell me again why Crystal did not win oh yah I remember WGWG.
    SHe sonunds fantastic.

  • Anonymous

    I’m not sure why Megan thinks that hair looks good on her but she has a cool voice and i wish her luck.

  • Anonymous

    Crystal had other problems other than Lee being a White Guy with a Guitar.  Some of those same problems are the reason why RCA or another Sony label, didn’t pick up her contract.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=34307244 Shana Collier

    I was not a fan at all of Megan Corkrey during her season.  However, I’m REALLY enjoying her songs so far!

  • http://twitter.com/desireechick kesia monteith

    Can’t believe Megan is the same girl who ruined Stevie’s “All of my Life” on season 8. She has really come into her own. I wish her luck on the new music.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/DW47CZREGYBF6BMKBB7R7UIJJY Alain Arias

    I love Megan disc a lot… Longing is a special song… Good luck… She has a great voice, better than a lot of winner

  • Anonymous

     i dont think the reason crystal didnt win was all wgwg related, and some of these wgwg, actually have great voices and deserved to win.

  • Anonymous

    I gave a few dollars to Megan’s Kickstarter, so got her EP a few days ago. I like it! It was fun getting all the emails from her as she updated us on the progress — it was a bit bumpy there for awhile, so I’m happy that the finished product ended up this good.

  • Anonymous

    Also, Kris will have a stream up on his site (supposedly) later today of acoustic version of Better with You — one of the songs that will be on his acoustic EP.

  • Anonymous

    A Lily Allen/Christina Perri vibe. Love it! Megan, I’m impressed! 

  • Anonymous

    Just a joke didn’t mean to offend Lee or anyone elses fav.  I undersatand Crystals issues but IMO her voice is fantastic and that is really all I meant. But WGWG was at least part of the reason as it is a hurdle every year to overcome.

  • Anonymous

    Yes I understand her issues was, really just being funny because her voice is so fantastic in comparisions to Lee’s which is pleasent but IMO not in the same league.

  • revolution

    Some maybe…wait only one that won deserved it…David Cook…

    Crystal > Lee
    Adam > Kris

    now one that didn’t should have, Daughtry…

  • revolution

    No need to apologize for speaking the truth…

    What issues? Knowing who she is and not letting the judges change her? 

  • revolution

    The reason her label didnt pick her up is they were not a match for her…They wanted her first single to be overproduced pop crap, and she fought back…

    I told you all she is holding back, she didn’t want Jive to get her best stuff, she’s still young and has the chops to go far…Just needs the right fit…

    wait until she outs out D**** the D***….cant let you know the title…

  • Anonymous

    Is it my sound system or is Danny’s music overshadowing his voice? :/

  • AllenTX

    how come I can’t play Megan’s? I use Chrome. any other link? I’d love to hear it. I remember I was quite impressed by her sample a while back.

  • Hazehel

    Megan’s album is good, some of the song are very nice.  Longing is the best song there, I’ll get it later.  She reminds me somewhat of Duffy.

  • Anonymous

    Yeah, I can appreciate the artistic quality of Megan’s cover, but that pose is ridiculous.

  • Anonymous

    The reason her label didnt pick her up is they were not a match for her…They wanted her first single to be overproduced pop crap, and she fought back…

    How do you know what RCA would or wouldn’t have wanted?  It’s not like they don’t have folk acts signed to their roster.  Besides that, Sony has other imprints and labels where they could have moved  Crystal to, but instead they decided to drop her, just like they did with Lee.  

  • Anonymous

    The acoustic version of Better with You is up now. Kris sounds great :)

    http://www.krisallenofficial.com/us/home 

  • Anonymous

    I’m surprised Crystal hasn’t signed with another label yet. Has anyone heard whether she’s close to getting a deal, or whether she has decided to simply self-release her music, or what?

  • Anonymous

    Love acoustic Better With You from Kris. I can not wait for my CD to arrive.

  • http://twitter.com/whiskey401 Whiskey

    Megan’s album is fantastic. 

  • revolution

    She fought them all the way…even encouraged fans to email Jive and request Farmers Daughter…Crystal is an indie artist that has the talent to create a big niche…And one day a song will break through…ie: Ani Defranco, she is not someone the suits can mold…

    She is in the studio with Jono Manson producing now…she has a song on Blues Traveler’s next album…She is paying her dues now after a shortcut that got her some exposure…now its time to work…Lee has peaked in my opinion, while Crystal is just scratching the surface…Her talent will prevail.

  • revolution

    Oh and the suits dont like free-spirits…they let you pose as one but they want to put you in their box…

  • http://twitter.com/eilonwya10 Eilonwy

    How do you know what RCA would or wouldn’t have wanted?  It’s not like they don’t have folk acts signed to their roster.  Besides that, Sony has other imprints and labels where they could have moved  Crystal to, but instead they decided to drop her, just like they did with Lee.  

    Bowersox has long struck me as a very bright and talented person who isn’t a great fit with any situation that calls for playing along with an established system. It’s a credit to her musical skills that she got as far as she did within the Idol system.

    Much as I like her debut album, I think the aggressive development schedule for the winner and runner-up did her no favors and may have ramped up tension between her and Jive to the point that some bridges got burned. A songwriter needs time to write… and when it’s an indie songwriter looking for mainstream radio play, there’s also some call for the songwriter to develop some comfort with cowriters who can help her move in that direction without diluting her essential POV. Heck, if nothing else, a longer development cycle might have allowed Jive A&R to listen to her more thoughtfully.

  • http://twitter.com/tinawinabina Tinawina

    Crystal is right where she needs to be IMO. She’s independent in spirit, that’s the way she should approach things. I don’t think she should sign with anyone until she can do it on her terms. And when she does it will likely be a small label that specializes in the corner of the music world where she fits.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I don’t think that anyone in the public knows what RCA would or wouldn’t have wanted, and I think that it’s all speculation at this point why Crystal was dropped, even though you many think that you know the “problems” why when you wrote this:

    Crystal had other problems other than Lee being a White Guy with a
    Guitar.  Some of those same problems are the reason why RCA or another
    Sony label, didn’t pick up her contract.

  • revolution

    Exactly…And she is co-writing a lot of the second album with Jono Manson. She didn’t want to put out the first album as early as she did…This EP was recorded in 2009, she is releasing it now while in the studio working on an album…

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/5WIQPFXDKN3VQPEVL347RUSZ64 Sher

    I loved Megan’s voice on idol and love it even more now.   She sounds great.

  • Anonymous

    I found bringing the bass down helped. Since I had the opportunity to hear some of these ahead of time and played them in my car and I found the POP mix worked best(6 speakers)

  • Anonymous

    Wow!  That is some kind of fantastic!  Crystal is just an old folkie.  Erm, so am I in my heart of hearts.  That is gorgeous.

  • Anonymous

    Love acoustic Better With You from Kris. I can not wait for my CD to arrive.

    It’s an awesome song, but I would have loved to have a live acoustic version, like the performance at The Mint.  This is very raw, and makes it seem like we are listening in on Kris fleshing the song out, which is nice, but something that seems like it should be an added bonus on an album, not something that is sold on its own.  

  • Anonymous

    Wonderful performance (Better with You)!!  He lowered the key a whole tone from the album, and it suits his voice like a glove.  This is exactly what I was wishing he would do generally, and with this song especially.

  • Anonymous

    She fought them all the way…even encouraged fans to email Jive and request Farmers Daughter

    Carrie was signed to Arista right off of AI, she’s now with Arista Nashville.  Simon Fuller didn’t want her to release a country album, she did.  Last year her label wanted her to release the album before the end of 2011, she released it just last week.  

    There’s a right and a wrong way to fight for what you want.  Getting fans to write in, or retweeting idiotic tweets from friends and family members is not that way.  Nor is embarrassing your A&R rep in public.  I don’t think that Crystal realized how much support she had at her label, or the right way to work to get what she wanted.

    It’s great that she’s paying her dues, but I bet that she wouldn’t mind the help of a major label.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t think that anyone in the public knows what RCA would or wouldn’t have wanted, and I think that it’s all speculation at this point why Crystal was dropped, even though you many think that you know the “problems” why when you wrote this:

    Crystal admitted being difficult to work with, so it  would seem that she also knows the reason why her option wasn’t picked up.

  • Anonymous

    Wow, love Megan’s songs! I love Crystals voice and the cover with her son is adorable, but it makes me twitchy a lil bit. Not a fan of Danny’s music, but he’s got a really good voice.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Yes, I’m sure that Crystal knows the reasons, but that wasn’t the point of my post.  I quoted your post where you seemed to imply that you knew the “problems” that caused RCA to drop her, yet you then told others (who were also speculating) that they couldn’t know, and I’m simply pointing out that YOU and no one in the public “knows” that, they are just speculating.

  • steph6449

    Congratulations to Megan on getting her album out. I just got it after having supported the Kickstarter campaign last year. It suits her very well, and she’s got some fun and interesting songs. I need to listen to it a few more times, but Trouble Me was one of my favorites in the songs she had streaming a year or more ago. I still really like it on her album. From her tweets, it sounds as if she may be looking to do more live concerts to promote the album.

    Danny’s EP has been a much shorter time in coming, he started in earnest working to record it in February though some of the song-writing goes back a lot further.  

    I really like his new song “Love Again,” in particular. Uses his voice really well. He also sounds great on the Faith, Hope and Love charity song. His ballads continue to be a strength, though the uptempo CCM song he included is also quite cute and fun. The female artist who appears on that is named Beckah Shae. 

  • fuzzywuzzy

    An artist being “difficult” will be tolerated proportional to their commercial and artistic success. If Crystal had been a bigger commercial success, I would bet that her being “difficult” would not have been a factor in her being dropped.

  • Eriko

    That´s Crystal herself on the cover, not her son :)

  • revolution

    Which has absolutely nothing to do with why girls vote for cute guys, which is the only way Lee could have beat her.

  • Anonymous

    I agree with you on Love Again, the chorus is hooky and Danny sounds great. I had to laugh when I found myself humming FHL today and that one went over really big at the last Opry appearance.

    Im confusued though about Kris’s EP, is this something he is self releasing or is RCA involved

  • alterego

    It’s not all that deep. Crystal was dropped because she didn’t sell enough records to keep her label happy. It’s the same reason why most Idols are dropped – despite the typical media PR trying to gloss the situation over. Trust me, if Crystal had a platinum selling album, no matter what her personality was like, she would be snatch up in a beat.

    I like Crystal. She was my favorite of Season 9. But I always knew she would never be a mainstream artist.

  • Anonymous

    Danny co-wrote three of the songs on his EP, Love Again, Gimme a Kiss and Faith, Hope and Love.  I like them all, but I’m most surprised with:

    1. How much he changed LA after the original version– for the better. Good hook.  Stays with me.
    2. The choir in the background on FHL is not the Sophia’s Heart Choir kids, like most would expect (they are on the remake of “I still Believe”) but his band mates– they are having so much fun.
    3. That I keep coming back to the Praise and Worship song “Everything Works Together”, I love Danny’s voice on that one.  He really gets into it.

    And for those that get the EP, there are four very nice photos of Danny in it :)  And this time he is wearing his glasses everytime.

  • Anonymous

    The TVOL remix EP is a separate deal from the upcoming album. The acoustic EP is part of the “fan edition” album package that you can choose to order off his website. It is all being released by RCA though.

  • Anonymous

    I’m really digging Megan Joy’s album. What a surprise!

  • Indigobunting

    Megan Joy has the type of old fashioned voice I don’t really enjoy so I won’t purchase; but all the songs I sampled sounded really good- well produced and well done, period- so good for her. Album cover-not so good, lol-scary.

    A  little disappointed in Crystal’s- I really like Farmer’s Daughter (In my top 4 Idol albums),so was looking forward to this one.  Although her voice sounds great as usual, the songs all sound monotonous like the same song to me-although they are just snippets so hard to tell.

    I would agree that Danny’s music drowns him out in spots; they should have done a better job with that after dealing with Mark Bright’s overproduction style on My Best Days-you really shouldn’t drown out a voice like his.  Fun to see him with not just session musicians but personal friends and band mates like Brandon Fraley, Jamelle Fraley and Matt Reviere. My Favorites on the EP are the first country pop song he co-wrote Gimme A Kiss and also his co-write Love Again (could see that on a movie soundtrack easily).

    I’m not big on remixes in general and I did buy Kris’s TVOL when it first came out, so I probably wouldn’t buy the remixes.  Will listen to album snippets though!

  • Mary Reichardt

    Wow I am really impressed with Megan Joy’s album. She was the kind of contestant who seemed to get lost on the show and just didn’t know what songs to choose or how to perform them to showcase the kind of artist she was. I started to like her more after she left the show and I could see beyond the “kooky” image the show created for her. I’m happy her album turned out so well.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000002136792 Jon Arbues

    it’s for once in my life honey… and she didn’t ruined it.. listen to the studio version!!

  • Anonymous

     ” i dont think the reason crystal didnt win was all wgwg related, and
    some of these wgwg, actually have great voices and deserved to win.”

    But not in Crystal’s season, IMO

  • fuzzywuzzy

    ” Trust me, if Crystal had a platinum selling album, no matter what her personality was like, she would be snatch up in a beat.”

    Commercial success makes labels far more tolerant of artists being “difficult”.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/Y35RL274OSFQ3PGZTXJX2FACVE mick

    Crystal sounds gorgeous here.  She was my choice from the start-pity she turned me off with her attitude,etc.(had nothing to do with WGWG.)  Wasn’t really invested in that season anyway but I would have put more of my votes to some of the other women singers I also liked at the beginning if I’d known.   I think Megan is really sounding good(heard some of her stuff a while back & was impressed.) Might buy them.  Pity that Idol’s record partner wasn’t signing more people like they are now.  Almost has a similarity with Haley.   As for Danny, sorry, just not impressed & the production maybe isn’t that good or something.  As for Kris remixes,  would like to buy but haven’t made up my mind. Wish the piano remix had made it.  That guy is going to make me broke.  Of course, I’m loving it.  Wow, I think this is my longest post.

  • revolution

    Dont trust the snippets, She started selling the EP’s at her gigs a couple weeks ago…I got one and love it especially on “Baby” the snippets dont do justice…it was recorded in 2009 and is just her and her bass player, the album she is recording in the studio has a full band…In case you missed it, heres a little more than a snippet… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZhQzIZdqP8E