Were you anxious at all that people wouldn’t take this album as seriously, because you were on the show?
Yeah, I really was. I was nervous that people would just see this as another former American Idol contestant’s CD; that they put out music that they feel like have to, because they have all these new fans, and just force out some tunes. Not to say that Idol people do that, but I know that there have been some in the past. Unfortunately, a lot of industry people see that when an American Idol person releases a CD right after they’ve been on the show, that they just assume it to be thrown together and not too much thought put into it. I was nervous about that.
So, are you the first from this past season to put out an album? I know other contestants have released songs, but I want to say you’re the first to release an album.
You know, I think I am. I don’t think anyone [has] put out a full-length album.
Is that a little daunting or is it more exciting?
I think that’s cool, I guess. I never really thought about it ‘til now. What I hope is that people who did watch the show will follow up and see what I’m up to. American Idol is incredible exposure and the fans are very supportive. I hope that they do follow up and listen to the CD.
The album’s been out for a little over a day now, how have you felt the overall reaction to it has been?
I feel like it’s been really good. I’ve been so just impressed with the amount of support it’s received and the amount of people that have bought the record. And that’s really what my whole situation is about. I’m independent, and the only way my music gets heard is people who support me, go and buy my record, and tell their friends about it.
Now that the album is out what is next for you?
For me, during October, it’s Cancer Awareness Month, and I do a lot of work for Komen for the Cure. November, the plan is to hit the road. I hope with this record – if it has success, which thankfully it has so far – my hope is that it catches the eyes of some bands that could use some openers on the road. I would love to open for bands in the same vein of music who have had some success.