Exclusive: ‘American Idol’ Finalist James Durbin Reveals Cover Art of Debut Album

American Idol season 10 finalist James Durbin–who performed on the show with Zakk Wylde and Judas Priest, exhorting viewers to “give metal a chance,” and is featured in the September/October issue of Revolver–is releasing his debut album in November on Wind-up Records. Titled Memories of a Beautiful Disaster and produced by Howard Benson (Papa Roach, Theory of a Deadman, Three Days Grace), the album sees the California-bred rocker working with songwriters like Marti Frederiksen (Aerosmith) and James Michael (Sixx:A.M.), as well as Swedish rockers Hardcore Superstar. Check out the album cover below.


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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bonnie-Brewer-Cavanaugh/1145636248 Bonnie Brewer Cavanaugh

    Awesome cover – but it’s impossible to share on FB this as other covers come up in the thumbnails. D’Oh!

    • Leopardprintlumpy

      Good job James can’t wait to hear this hope it comes in vinyl

  • SistaWise

    I like this. Nice. I also like the fact that Tyno from DirtyPenny will be his bassist. Interesting things to come.

  • http://www.facebook.com/leslie.appling Leslie Appling

    This is the kind of cover that would make someone not looking for James stop and take a look. Beautiful cover, can’t wait for the music inside.

    • Devik

      I so agree. I really believe that James will pick up a lot of sales from those who might have heard there was a Rock/Metal Guy on Idol, but didn’t really watch the show. The cover, alone, is going to grab people. Can’t wait to hear what is inside!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Helena-Timotheo/100001735930783 Helena Timotheo

    Hope he was inventive in this album as he was at American Idol!

  • http://www.facebook.com/sweetyphone Khin Hpone

    Go James!!!! 

  • Zenolia1

    Well, I had my JAMES DURBIN’s CDs (yeah, plural) pre-ordered anyway, for the INSIDE – the music and his vocals. But I’m very happy with the cover. Well designed, this faded sepia effect really portraits of “memories” as the title of the CD. Plus JAMES’ photo shows the real grown up JAMES, not that blended version AI used on the “Highlights CD”.

  • Mash

    All anyone has to do is look up James Durbin on youtube, like I did, and watch his Idol performances to see how he couldn’t carry a tune to save his life and screamed blood curdling screams to know that his CD will be purely manufactured, unoriginal, and AUTOTUNED!!! LOL

    • guest

      Let me guess, you’re an Adam Lambert fan? 

      • Mash

        LOL! No way! I saw the article, looked him up, and couldn’t help to respond after reading all these “He’s so awesome” comments and put in my two cents as a regular joe who isn’t coming off the American Idol boards!

        • guest

          Mash, you’re a blatant liar, all your posts are about Adam.  Lambert fans have some sick obsession with James, they follow him around the internet bashing him.  Grow up!

    • Bluzzone

      I recommend that you clean your ears. He sounds fine. You just don’t like his style.

  • Lindalee4cats

    Thats a BEAUTIFUL Cover !!!!! GREAT Job James!! I know the CD is going to be Just as AWESOME!! CANT WAIT !!!!

  • Kevin

    Wouldn’t watch American Idol if you paid me but being from the Bay Area I have seen him perform live and he has an incredible rock voice.  Will definitely be checking out his album.

  • Jessicataphouse

    he is sooooooooooooooo HOT <3

  • Jessicataphouse

    james I LOVE U

  • http://twitter.com/buyandsellokc Theresa Slocum

    Mash, you are a real turd to come here and spewl negativity on this wonderfully creative artist.  James Durbin is Awesome, Inspiring, and very talented! Awesome cover! Can’t wait until the release.  Love ya James!!!

  • Thewiltedlily

    I will forever and always love James Durbin from the bottom of my heart!

  • Denise L.

    I will always like James no matter what.Alot of Adam L’s fans doesn’t like James.Adam and James r very talented for me.they’re gorgeous!love the cover though. (:


    Not really digging the picture.  He looks slumped over and rather expressionless.  Do like the lettering and the jacket.

  • http://twitter.com/RockCandy15 Candace

    I like the artwork, it corresponds to the title of the CD. I can’t wait for the CD to drop on November 21st! And thank you Brandon Geist, I buy Revolver now!!

  • JD

    I am looking forward to te release date.  James is extremely talented and I hope for him that is musical career is a huge success.  Although I love his singing and will purchase any CD he comes out with, I love his performances even more and hope he soon goes on tour…either alone or even as an opener for another group/individual.  CAN’T WAIT to see him live and performing.

  • Ceresmwa

    the album cover is great we are waiting for November 21