We’re just getting around to blogging about the artist formerly known as Angie Miller. The American Idol season 12 2nd runner-up informed her fans back in February that she would henceforth be known as Zealyn.
The name change may be to distance herself from the reality show that spawned her (Indeed, she didn’t participate in the Idol series finale. Producers confirmed they reached out to all singers who placed in the Top 3). But she may (and her team?) have brainstormed a name that evoked her new sound. The singer has has moved away from the Evanescence-like rock that fans came to appreciate on Idol to a smooth electronic chill. Those who loved her power notes might be a little disappointed. The new songs are little slices of atmospheric EDM–definitely not made to get your blood pumping.
Taking a glance at Zealyn’s Facebook music page, fans are definitely split on the new name and the new sound. It’s hard to imagine the singer didn’t anticipate losing some of her Idol fanbase. Changing a name is literally losing a brand to build up another. She’s starting from scratch in many ways. It’s a risk, to be sure. But she’s NOT the first Idol to take this particular path. Season 3 alum Camile Velasco now a reggae singer calls herself Eli-Mac. And then there’s this guy. I’ll leave it at that.
Zealyn’s debut album Limbic System is currently available to fans who signed up to her email list. There doesn’t seem to be a date for release to the general public, but the limited album pre-orders are set to go out around June 25. Meanwhile, she’s been releasing songs from the album every few weeks. On Friday, the title track became available on iTunes. Listen to it here. Also check out the two singles released earlier.
Limbic System feat JMR
Sleep on It
Available at iTunes
Available on iTunes