Bianca Ryan, 12-Year-Old Winner of 'America's Got Talent,' First U.S. Signing to Columbia Records/SYCO

Rising Star's Debut Album in Stores November 14

Sep 25, 2006, 01:00 ET from Columbia Records

    NEW YORK, Sept. 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Bianca Ryan -- the 12-year-old vocal
 prodigy who won the first season's ratings-topping finale of "America's Got
 Talent" on August 17 -- has signed with Columbia Records/SYCO, an imprint
 of Simon Cowell, the show's executive producer. Cowell recently exclaimed,
 "Bianca Ryan is potentially one of the best singers I have ever heard in my
 life." The rising star's much-anticipated debut album is slated for release
 on Tuesday, November 14.
     Bianca -- a Philadelphia native who's been performing in dance
 competitions and singing in her church since the age of 8 -- turned in a
 series of show-stopping R&B-flavored performances over the course of the
 debut season of "America's Got Talent." The show's finale was the #1 rated
 show in its Thursday time-slot, averaging close to 12 million viewers.
 Bianca's amazing performances are among the most-watched clips on
     Bianca's debut will feature an array of new and already familiar
 material, including her million dollar-winning cover of "And I Am Telling
 You I'm Not Going" from the Broadway hit Dreamgirls. Music's heaviest
 hitters have signed on to record with Bianca on this soon to be smash debut
 record. "I Wish That," a beautiful ballad penned by Diane Warren
 accompanies the inspirational "Pray For A Better Day" which was written by
 David Foster and Kara DioGuardi. "Why Can't It Be Christmas Everyday?" is
 an original holiday track written by Walter Afanasieff and Jay Landers.
 (Afanasieff co-wrote the smash hit "All I Want For Christmas Is You" with
 Mariah Carey.) Bianca also brings new life to the Debby Boone classic, "You
 Light Up My Life," and the R. Kelly hit, "I Believe I Can Fly." A stirring
 cover of Bette Midler's "The Rose" showcases Bianca's incredible vocal

SOURCE Columbia Records