Adam Lambert and Kris Allen, currently hard at work on their post-Idol debuts reveal a few of the songwriters/producers they’re working with to Billboard magazine.
There were sightings of Kris Allen in Virginia Beach last weekend attending a Fray concert with his wife Katy. Turns out he was in town for a songwriting session with Joe King of the Fray. He’s also working with David Hodges, Salaam Remi, and Claude Kelly.
“I’ve been writing a lot with a lot of different people, and it’s going well, ” Allen says. In fact, sources tell Billboard.com that he’s been working with some of the top songwriters and producers, including David Hodges (Kelly Clarkson, Daughtry), Salaam Remi (Nas, Amy Winehouse) and Claude Kelly (Akon, Leona Lewis). Allen also hit Timbaland’s studio in Virginia Beach to work with Joe King of the Fray, whose take on Kanye West’s “Heartless” inspired Allen’s own performance of the song during the competition. Allen attended the group’s show that evening after the writing session.
While Allen has been experimenting with some urban-influenced styles, he’s honing the material for the album in a John Mayer/Jason Mraz direction. “Each writing session has been a learning experience, ” he says. “I think that we are trying to figure it out and that it’s going the right way and I’m really excited about it. I can’t wait.”
It’s already been reported that Adam Lambert is working with Lady Gaga producer, RedOne. He’s also writing with Dave Hodges. (I’m hearing Adam’s also been writing with Idol judge Kara DioGuardi and she couldn’t be happier about it.)
RedOne plans to record about 6 tracks with Adam:
“You can go almost whatever direction with him. People know him from being on ‘American Idol, ‘ singing other people’s songs, but you can take him in a new direction, and this will be the first time you hear Adam Lambert with his signature. My goal is to get his signature out from him to the world.”
Kris, going for that Mraz/Mayer feel, is just what I expected. With Adam, I’m still trying to figure out what his “signature” is exactly. I’m guessing it’ll be pop with a rock/dance/electronic twist–perfectly suitable for both CHR and the dance charts.