Anoop Desai Working on Debut Album

If you missed the first part of USA Today Idol reporter, Brian Mansfield’s interview with Season 8 Idol, Anoop Desai, you really ought to check it out HERE.

In it, Anoop has some very good advice for Idol hopeful, John Park, whose audition aired during Tuesday’s Season 9 Chicago auditions.

Part 2 was just posted, and here’s where it gets good–Anoop delivers the deets about his upcoming album, tentatively titled All is Fair, set to be released this spring.

  • Read Part 2 of the USA Today interview HERE.

His first single is called “My Name” and was co-written with Season 7 Idol, Brandon Rogers.  Other writing collaborators for All is Fair include Season 6 semi-finalist Jared Cotter (co-writer of Jay Sean’s smash “Down”), Nashville pop singer-songwriter Josh Hoge and Anoop’s pal, David Mikush.

Anoop has already tracked 7 or 8 songs for the album, “It’s just a matter of getting them into the studio and producing them, mixing them and mastering them, ” says Anoop, “I’m still writing every day. If something emerges that’s better, we’ll put that on there, too.”

The sound will be more of a pop feel than R&B, and half the tracks he’s cut so far incorporate tabla and/or sitar.

“I think that’s a cool vibe, ” he says. “That’s something I’ve been experimenting with a lot in my music–sort of bringing pop, R&B and Hindi music into one vein.

While the album will likely only be sold digitally in the US, Anoop’s got some contacts that can distribute physical releases in India.

“Both of the cultures I consider myself to be a part of–the South and India–have rich musical traditions, rich food traditions, rich literary traditions. It’s something that has been really nice for me, because I can draw from those rich traditions and feel part of them at the same time.”

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