Season 6 update:
Carrie Underwood and Kellie Pickler both attended the Idols Nashville concert last Sunday. You can watch lengthy interviews with hometown girl, Melinda Doolittle, Phil Stacey, Sanjaya Malakar, Chris Sligh and Jordin Sparks at WRKN’s Music City TV Blog.
Phil Stacey, Chris Richardson and Chris Sligh will all be moving to Nashville in the next couple of months. Phil Stacey plans to pursue a career in country music. He’ll be leaving the Navy once the tour is over (he had put in a request for an extra year of service, but with his changed circumstances will begin processing out when the tour is over). Chris Sligh will go the indie/rock route. Melinda Doolittle, would love to make an album where “old school meets the new school, with a little funk, soul and jazz.” Melinda says she’s not “positive” if she’ll be staying with “the 19 folks.”
Sanjaya Malakar plans to move to LA, and get a tattoo. He says his album will be “R&B-based, with world infusion and jazz and rock energy.” Jordin Sparks, in the meantime, is a little cagey about her future plans, though she’d love to work with some Nashville writers. She’s previously worked with the Nashville-based Christian artist, Michael W. Smith (she hung out with him in Nashville before the show). Jordin has completed one song for her upcoming album, while Mr Ambitious, Blake Lewis has completed six.
More Idol News (after the jump)
Idol Camp started last weekend in the beautiful Massachusetts Berkshires. The Today show did a video piece on the campers last week. Ace Young, Jon Peter Lewis and Carmen Rasmusen where all special guests at the camp and are featured in the piece.
Originally scheduled through October, Fantasia has extended her run as Celie in the Broadway musical “The Color Purple.” She’ll play the role through January 6, 2008. Great. More time for you all to plan your NYC trips to see her remarkable portrayal of the downtrodden but eventually triumphant Celie. I saw her in April, and she was just fantastic.
Kimberly Caldwell has entered contract negotiations with Nashville records. They plan to have her produced by independent producers Teddy Gentry & Michael Curtis and release an album this fall or early winter.
In the more crap we didn’t need department, Freemantle Media has inked another licencing deal. This time, it’s for an American Idol branded apparel line. The initial line, from Lyric Jeans, will focus on clothing for the contemporary juniors and girls market before expanding into children’s wear.