Idol Headlines for 07/22/07

Today Idol headlines after the jump ¦

MusicFest takes its time laying down the funk

…Then, who was this fun, chatty girlfriend? The one engaging the audience in little singalongs of Gladys Knight & the Pips’ “Midnight Train to Georgia” and Aretha Franklin’s “Chain of Fools.” Why, it was Paris Bennett, whose giddy, a cappella opening to her set was a testimonial that she’s one American Idol finalist who really can sing. Which made it all the more disappointing when she brought her mere 22 minutes to a close by singing selected cuts from her album ‘  including her remake of the old girl-group fave “My Boyfriend’s Back” ‘  to backing tracks, sometimes accompanied by loose-limbed dancers…

Democrat and Chronicle

8-year-old visits D.C. to educate others about diabetes

…The theme for this year’s Congress is “Promise to Remember Me” and the children, teenagers, parents and representatives participating are asking that Senators and the Bush administration do just that in regard to the proposed increase in research funding. Former American Idol contestant Elliot Yamin sang with the child delegates the theme song for the efforts. Yamin also has type 1 diabetes….


Underwood rocks country crowd at state fair

In a year with Daughtry as the lone rock act at the Delaware State Fair, Carrie Underwood made quick work of injecting a little more rock ‘n’ roll to the country-heavy line-up.

Underwood broke out a surprisingly faithful cover of Guns N’ Roses’ “Sweet Child O’ Mine” halfway through her 75-minute set Saturday night, leading to the unusual scene of thousands of mothers and grandmothers clapping along to one of Axl Rose’s greatest hits…..

Delaware Online

Pop-Country Duo Co3 Brings New Sound To Christian Music With Release Of Debut CD ‘Determined’

…And it’s not much of a surprise that the duo’s music often draws an immediate comparison to Carrie Underwood’s pop-tinged hits, since Little spent a considerable amount of time in the American Idol winner’s band, serving as lead guitarist, band leader and songwriter.

“It all started in 1997 when she just turned 14 and I was approached by her manager at the time to listen to her demos and consider putting together her band, ” he recalls. “I thought she was a little young, but had great pipes, so we decided to team up and rehearse every week together. We started doing a lot of live dates and I wrote a song called ‘Don’t Talk About Love’ that quickly became a concert favorite.”….


‘Idol’ singer’s mom tells of shame, amends

Choking back tears on the stage at Walnut Creek Amphitheater on Friday night, former “American Idol” sweetheart Kellie Pickler sang a song of questions to the mother who abandoned her.
In a church sanctuary not five miles away, Pickler’s mother, Cynthia Malone, prayed once more for the strength to fully forgive herself for deserting Pickler as a toddler…….

News Observer