You released a song shortly after Thursday night’s show called, “The Last Song,” and that was the same song that you performed in your final audition in front of the judges, right?
Yeah, like I said I was working on a full-length album before Idol happened, and that was the first song we recorded. It’s actually going to be on my record that’s coming out in September. I’m actually going to be just giving that song away, just as a thank you.
The biggest part about my story is that I’ve always given back. Prior to Idol, I was doing a lot of stuff for Susan G. Komen For the Cure. I recorded a song and gave them all the profits from iTunes. I wanted the show to be about my talent, but I want people to know now is that I love giving back. The first thing I want to do is give back and give [the fans] the first song from the record. I was just really encouraged by the amount of support I got. I’m so excited to keep playing shows and getting back on the road.
On the topic of your fan base, is it easier to keep in contact with everyone through Twitter, Facebook and all that?
Yeah, it’s crazy. I’ve always loved communicating with people. Twitter and Facebook, I’ve just naturally gravitated towards them. Even before Idol, I was able to just build up a fan base, because I do the one on one thing. If somebody takes the time to send me a message, well obviously with the Idol thing I can’t respond to everything, because it’s crazy how many people have reached out to me during it. I really do my best to try and stay connected with people who are on Twitter and Facebook. Even today, I’ve probably already responded to 10 or 15 tweets.
I really value connecting with people. I think that in this age, especially with the digital music business, you’ve got to do that. You’ve got to connect with people on a more individual basis. I think it’s really important.
With your album coming out in September, and “The Last Song” being released, what else can we expect to see from you?