Richard Rushfield from the LA Times posted a lengthy piece he wrote on Carly Smithson’s post-Idol career. If you follow Rushfield, you know that he’s a huge fan of Carly.
Here’s an excerpt that describes Carly’s current game plan:
The plan, as it took shaped, involved getting an apartment in Hollywood, securing representation and eventually, she hoped, getting a deal to record an album. In the annals of aspiring recording stars, “Idol” alumni face a unique conundrum ‘ they enter the music world no longer kids just off the bus from Iowa but performers known to millions. Despite that notoriety, with their contract options not picked up by “Idol” co-producer 19 Management, they must build their entire careers, and the apparatus to support them, from scratch.
…When you’re in ‘American Idol’ you are in a fishbowl, but as soon as you get out of the whole process, you’re still in a fishbowl, but it’s just a bigger bowl, Smithson says. …It’s kind of bizarre that you start this process of making your record and being an artist when you’re already famous. I’ve done this process before. I did it in coming from Ireland as a girl and went into the record company, no one knew who I was and I signed with them and they liked my voice and I went from there and made a record. But this time it’s like I’m famous and I have nothing to show for it. It’s weird like that.
Drawing on her contacts from the first time around, including the music lawyer who has been with her since, Smithson signed on with Arthur Spivak, a veteran entertainment manager whose clients past and present include Tori Amos and Three Days Grace. Spivak advised Carly that rather than seeking a record deal straightaway, she should get to work with a co-writer/producer and record a handful of songs which would flesh out exactly what kind of artist she intended to be.
In the video posted along with Rushfield’s article, Carly is in the recording studio laying down vocal tracks for two songs she wrote called “Lie with Me” and “Let Me Fall”. She also reveals her nearly finished Geisha tattoo…
The songs are Pop/Rock–very Heart and Evanescence-ish.
Video after the JUMP…