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Morristown’s ‘Idol’-ist Josiah Leming gets into L.A. groove

KNOXVILLE — Singer Josiah Leming — the former “American Idol 7” contestant from Morristown, Tenn. — came back home this week and did a short, last-minute show at the Square Room on Market Square. The opening act was The Royal Buzz, a band that his brother is in.

Here’s the irony: Leming is performing in the same venue in which “American Idol 7” winner David Cook will be playing later this month. Looks like Leming, who recently turned 20, isn’t doing so badly for himself, considering he didn’t even make the Top 36 cut on the hit series. He’s been touring and is making some changes to his debut CD, coming from Warner Bros. later this year.

“It’s been a big learning process,” he says of making the CD. “You can either go in, attack and get it out there or you can slow down.

“I get the idea that a lot of labels would have just thrown me into the deep end of the ocean and see what happens. We want to go for a commercially successful album.

“We all know what works on radio, but we don’t want to compromise so far that we go in another direction. It’s a fight. It’s a struggle … It’s wicked frustrating.”

He’ll be going back to England — and making a detour to France — this spring to work on some songs worthy of being Top 40 radio singles. Leming currently lives in Venice, Calif., near Los Angeles, where he dines on only the best — McDonald’s and In and Out burgers.

“It takes about a day, and it all becomes familiar to me again,” he says of being back in East Tennessee. “I find myself on the same roads back home, and it feels like home again.”

Killer role. The lovely Elaine Hendrix, who was born and grew up in the Oak Ridge and Morristown areas, will produce and star in “Eve,” an indie horror flick, Variety reports.

The story is about a woman who stalks supernatural serial killers. Freddie and Jason had better watch out. Hendrix is on her way, and she’s got you in her sights.

She comes home occasionally to see her relatives and friends who still live here. During the holidays, you may have seen Hendrix outside West Town Mall, protesting the cruel treatment of animals around the world.

Dancin’ shoes. She’s conquered country, pop and gospel. Now, Dolly Parton is ready to tackle dance music. She’s currently working on a CD with club mixers.

A date has not been announced for release, but she is writing the tunes herself. “Wee Bit Gay” is one cut, which Parton says is about a wife who can’t see the signs her husband is gay.

Meanwhile, she’s not pinning her hopes on winning a Tony if “9 to 5” gets a nomination. If she does win one, she’d be one of only a handful of entertainers who has been nominated for an Oscar, an Emmy, a Grammy and a Tony — the big four. (This is how big of a star she is: She couldn’t even remember being nominated for an Emmy.)

Words to live by. “I never much cared to be on television or anything like that. It’s all a musical thing for me.” — Josiah Leming

Thanks to Craig for the heads up.

Updates and a Video

I have just been told that Josiah’s SXSW show has been cancelled. Josiah and Blake Lewis was supposed to perform but they have both been replaced.

For more bad news, the album will definitely not be coming out this month. No official news as to when or if it will ever be released.

But to give you hope and tide you over, here’s a blog post from Matt (one of Josiah’s friends):

here

I don’t think I posted this video before. It’s Josiah’s interview with TV Guide:

Josiah finally added to Wikipedia.org

After being added as a non-important person (according to Wikipedia.org editors) earlier in the year, Wikipedia.org has finally seen fit to add Josiah to Wikipedia. Though it’s not the biggest of news, I just wanted to let you all know. 😉

Also, if you haven’t purchased Josiah’s EP, Angels Undercover, you can do so on iTunes and Amazon.com. The Angels Undercover music video is also available on iTunes. It is a fantastic and emotional video, so help out Josiah by purchasing his works.

Josiah live at South by Southwest

Josiah posted another bulletin:

Saturday, March 21st
Aces Lounge
Midnight
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Would love to see you there!

Also, Angels Undercover EP is on iTunes and…
Lots of things to come soon…
aka tour dates, video updates, and album!

Josiah
much love!!

Video: The Freshmen by The Verve Pipe Cover

The Freshmen by The Verve Pipe Cover

Amazing.

Song Order in Josiah’s Album

Danny just emailed me saying that this might be the song order in Josiah’s album:

1. Heaven
2. Razorblades and Hand Grenades
3. Punk Ass Rain
4. To Run
5. Her
6. Set The World On Fire
7. 10 Wax Castles
8. Body And Mind
9. Arctic Outcry Wind
10. Over and Over
11. This Cigar

A lot of you are asking when the album will be out.  Last I heard, it’s going to be in March.  Also, I might let this site die. 😦  Not much support and help.  I’m running this all by myself and I can’t afford it anymore.   If any of you want to help, let me know.

Josiah in Tulsa Video

To Run

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