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PostSubject: The Daily Beaconline article   The Daily Beaconline article Icon_minitime1October 10th 2007, 8:51 am

American Idol finalist plays Bijou
Nancy Robinson -
Wednesday, October 10, 2007 issue

Elliott Yamin, the third-place finalist in the fifth season of “American Idol,” will be performing Friday, October 12 at the Bijou Theatre at 8 p.m. The concert is part of his national tour promoting his self-titled debut album, released in March.

Hailing from Richmond, Va., Yamin started singing at age 5. He is 90-percent deaf in one ear and was diagnosed with diabetes as a teenager.

In 2006, he auditioned for “American Idol” in Boston, Mass., an experience he described as amazing.

After “American Idol,” Yamin signed with Hickory Records. His debut album peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 chart this year.

“I feel very fortunate and lucky to have been able to fulfill that dream so fast,” Yamin said.

He feels fans can expect a range of sounds on his album that will appeal to different audiences.

“The album is very eclectic with a mix of sounds from contemporary R&B to rock, pop and old-school sounding songs,” Yamin said. “It’s a really soulful, vocally driven record. (It is) a singer’s album.”

Yamin said he is looking forward to playing at the Bijou, which will be his first-ever show in Knoxville.

“I’m looking forward to seeing a new place,” Yamin said.

The Last Goodnight, a rising band with Virgin Records, will open for Yamin. The band is made up of lead singer Kurtis John, lead guitarist Mike Nadeau, guitarist Anton Yurack, pianist Ely Rise, bassist Leif Christensen, and drummer Larone McMillan.

Yurack said the band grew up together in the same town in Connecticut and formed a band together in high school, playing local shows in the area.

“Mike and Curtis met at a party and started playing, trying to impress the girls,” Yurack said. “They met Leif, who could play bass, and started a band. I went to one of their shows and told them I could play, and we started jamming together.”

With six members, Yurack said the band’s musical influences are wide-ranged, including classic rock, British rock, jazz and folk music. He cites artists like Aerosmith and Michael Jackson as influences growing up.

The band released its debut album “Poison Kiss” this summer. The band’s single, “Pictures of You” is climbing the Billboard Pop 100 chart.

“The record’s sound has a lot of different feelings. It’s very emotional with a lot of soul, but also has uplifting songs,” Yurack said.

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