“Parachute” showcases new territory for James, leaning more on sing-a-long choruses with crisp, pop-rock hooks while still letting his powerful and energetic voice shine. “'Parachute' was the 10th song I wrote for the new album, and as soon as we finished in the studio, I knew it had to be the first single. I can't wait for everyone to hear it.”
A lyric video for “Parachute” is also scheduled to debut in December on James' VEVO channel on YouTube, and the song will be released to radio this January.
James Durbin has also announced that CELEBRATE has been chosen as the official album title for his sophomore album, which will be released on April 8, 2014.
A robust album pre-order campaign for CELEBRATE will begin Friday, November 22, featuring four exclusive offers: 1. Autographed album. 2. Autographed album & exclusive National Tourette Syndrome Association (TSA) Charity shirt - $5 from each sale is donated to the TSA. 3. Autographed album & exclusive “CELEBRATE” bracelet. 4. Autographed album & exclusive hoodie & Limited edition autographed canvas photo print. All orders will automatically grant fans access to exclusive VIP opportunities with James, and include an instant download of “Parachute.”
James is also confirmed to attend the American Music Awards Red Carpet pre-show this Sunday, November 24, where he will debut an exclusive video clip featuring “Parachute” and reveal details about his April 8, 2014 CD release. Fans can log on at Yahoo.com, TheAMAS.com, and Cocacola.com to watch it live in the 5:00 p.m. ET/2:00 p.m. PT hour.
“Parachute” is the first piece of new music from James since his last two singles - “Love Me Bad” and “Stand Up” - were released in 2011. “Love Me Bad” cracked the Top 30 at Hot AC/Top 40 radio, while the anthemic NFL rock single, “Stand Up,” landed in the Top 20. “Stand Up” was an official NFL anthem used on jumbotrons nationwide during the NFL's 2011-12 season. Both tracks were featured on his debut release, Memories Of A Beautiful Disaster, which debuted in the Top 10 on Billboard's Rock Album chart and #36 on Billboard's Top 200 Album chart. MOAB has sold over 120,000 copies to date and was named one of Billboard's Best Rock Albums of 2012.
James, who co-wrote 10 of the album's 11 tracks, is busy putting the finishing touches on CELEBRATE with producer Scott Stevens. In advance of the full CD release on April 8, 2014, James will be making several high-profile appearances, including the above mentioned American Music Awards Red Carpet pre-show on 11/24. He also recently performed alongside Dave Grohl and Ryan Bingham at the “Autism Speaks – Blue Jean Ball” in Los Angeles and co-hosted with Lance Bass on the American Music Awards on Demand web show. Click here to watch James' “AMA's on Demand” segment.
Check back next week for our interview with James!