‘Singing has always been in my veins’. Now, Downey grad will sing on ‘American Idol’ – Passero’s Instagram bio currently reads: “My friends know me as Cheska. But as of March 11th, the world is gonna know me as Effie Passero, American Idol season 1 contestant on ABC.” The singer-songwriter has a long history of performing in the region. She has been singing and playing piano since she was 5 years old. She performed while a student at Downey in school and local theatrical productions, going under the name Francesca Heyward. From 2004-2005 she made into the finals of the Modesto Symphony Orchestra’s Young Idol vocal contest, which was fashioned after “American Idol.” – ABC is really going with that hella confusing season 1 deal. Also, don’t read the full article if you don’t want spoilers. – Read more at Modbee.com
Katy Perry Said She Would Rewrite ‘I Kissed a Girl’: ‘It Has a Couple of Stereotypes’ – “We’ve really changed, conversationally, in the past 10 years,” she told the magazine. “We’ve come a long way. Bisexuality wasn’t as talked about back then, or any type of fluidity. If I had to write that song again, I probably would make an edit on it.” Perry continued, “Lyrically, it has a couple of stereotypes on it. Your mind changes so much in 10 years, and you grow so much. What’s true for you can evolve.” While the “Chained to the Rhythm” singer didn’t specify which lyrics she would amend, it’s possible lines such as, “I kissed a girl just to try it/I hope my boyfriend don’t mind it” and, “It’s not what good girls do/Not how they should behave,” might hit the cutting room floor. – Read more at People.com
Watch Now: Kane Brown teases another song with Lauren Alaina: “It might make the next album” – Kane Brown and Lauren Alaina may be old junior high school friends, and they may have scored a #1 duet together, but that doesn’t mean they’re constantly talking or texting with each other. At Tuesday’s Country Radio Seminar, Kane told ABC Radio that he and Lauren haven’t discussed their latest milestone: “What Ifs” has gone double platinum. But even though they don’t talk all the time, Kane and Lauren may work together again in the future. “We actually had another song that we talked about,” he teased. “It might make the next album. We’ll see!” – Read more at ABCNews.com
An Interview With American Idol Winner, David Cook – So, you have a new album dropping in like 2 weeks, what can you tell me about that?
Chromance is due out February 16th. I’ve been working on it for the better part of a year. This new EP is kind of a new chapter for me. My last record, Digital Vein, I really consciously treated that as a bookend. I wanted that to kind of close a chapter of my music career, dating back to 2006 when I put out my first solo record before Idol. With Chromance, I wanted to incorporate new influences. I really got into cinematic pop stuff the last few years, stuff like Halsey and Halsey’s first record Badlands and an artists named Aurora. I’m really trying to take those and shoehorn them into other stuff I like, like Nine In Nails and Massive Attack, and then take all that and try to figure out my voice in that lane. The end result is an EP I’m super proud of. I really tried to take creative chances, stuff that felt really outside my comfort zone, and you know challenge myself as a songwriter and a producer. – Read more at SideStageMagazine
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