There is so much speculation amongst the fans these days, myself included, as to whether or not Michael Johns will soon announce that he's signed a record deal. Here are my thoughts on the matter. Michael Johns was good enough to sign before he ever considered trying out for American Idol, and was in fact signed by major labels more than once.
It wasn't he, but the labels with which he signed who failed. Since his appearance on American Idol has exalted him to instant stardom, there are now three of his previous works released for sale to the buying public. They say hindsight is 20-20. I’ll clue you in, so you can claim a 20-20 precognition instead. The following is a list of his “pre-idol” music when he was lead singer in the bands The Rising, and film.
The Rising – Future Unknown, is a full length CD garnering rave reviews by all who have heard his astounding talent. I have heard lots of music before, and there is none better than this! Reviews of the CD are five stars and can be viewed at Amazon.com.
The Rising – Live At The Apple Store, is an EP release, which includes live versions of five of the songs from Future Unknown. These are masterfully done in acoustic and showcase the quality of Michael’s voice, as well as the talent of the musicians that surround him.
film – rolling, was his first EP release while lead singer with the band. Again, the ratings are five star, and the songs are a must hear to believe!
After The American Idol Tour 2008 has run its full course for the summer, how much more so will Michael Johns be considered the hot ticket item? Just because he hasn't announced that he's signing a deal with any specific label yet, doesn't necessarily mean that he won't. It just means he can't say anything at the moment, and has repeatedly told us so.
Again, all of this is just speculation, as I don’t claim to know anything at all about the recording industry or the music business. I do, however, know a thing or two about marketing and why businesses do things in the way that they do. It's my opinion that the label must surely be focused right now on this year's American Idol winner (David Cook), and teen scene heartthrob (David Archuleta). In any business, that much should be expected. What business doesn’t first market their primary brand name?
By the end of The American Idol Tour 2008, when the roll of their newly named thunder dies down, might be the best time for announcing a deal with Michael Johns. Perhaps they're holding him as their ace in the hole, as we all know he is a whole handful of aces. Please excuse the description, but I had to make reference just once to his “card dealing lessons”.
For those of you who don’t know, that was the excuse he jokingly gave to CNN’s Larry King for being in Las Vegas rather than joining the rest of the American Idol Top 10 in the studio for a live interview. He claimed he was taking lessons in card dealing, in case the music thing doesn’t work out. Perhaps he should consider becoming a comedian instead, with his constant joking around. Those of you who have heard his music already know… there’s no way he will fail in the music field.
It turns out he was actually in Vegas at the request of David Foster to participate in the show David Foster & Friends, which will air on PBS later this year. David Foster is one of the most respected names in the music industry, whose career has spanned 35 years and earned him 14 Grammy awards. As originally reported by Access Hollywood.com, Michael Johns is one of David Foster's new favorites! What an honor from someone who is held is such high esteem!
We fans most certainly do have American Idol to thank for introducing Michael Johns and his talent to the world. The world gives thanks you for that much, but as soon as the tour is done, he will belong to us, his adoring fans. We will have him and his talent with or without your kind assistance. My hope is that it is with it.
American Idol is a giant in the field and it is run like a well-oiled machine. They more than know what they're doing. They have consistently pulled the lion’s share of television, boasting millions of viewers now for a number of years. Perhaps by putting off an announcement that they have signed this particular talent, they are ensuring Michael Johns CD will fly off the shelves just as soon as we can buy it. A talent like his will not go unsigned with all the friends he's made in the business. They must surely know that.
Michael is not one to burn bridges behind him, nor should any of we fans just yet. With an album full of songs ready to burn by the end of the tour, or at least by the end of the year, what business savvy record label could refuse to sign what the world now demands they will hear? I think we fans should settle down just a bit, since his future success is assured. Patience is a difficult thing to endure when you want so much more of whatever you crave, and you wanted word of it yesterday. They say patience is a virtue… unfortunately, it's never been one of mine. Who am I to say?