LOS ANGELES, June 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Diana DeGarmo, the 17-year old from
Snellville, Georgia who was the runner-up on the third season of American
Idol, will join the ranks of' Idol finalists with hit records as RCA releases
her first single on June 29, 2004. The double-A sided "Dreams" and "Don't Cry
Out Loud" also features DeGarmo's version of "I Believe," performed by both
DeGarmo and Fantasia Barrino on the final night of competition of the wildly
popular TV series.
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DeGarmo, who has been singing since she was five years old, auditioned for
American Idol in Hawaii and made it into the top 32. She was the first
contestant voted into the top 12, and held off all competitors to finish in
the top two.
Her first single leads off with "Dreams," written by Desmond Child,
Andreas Carlsson and Chris Braide. Child has written hits for Ricky Martin,
Bon Jovi, Aerosmith and Cher, among many others. Carlsson has penned hits for
Celine Dion, Backstreet Boys and 'N Sync. Braide's most recent hits include
"This Is the Night" and "Invisible," both recorded by last year's American
Idol runner-up Clay Aiken.
"Dreams" is a double-A side with "Don't Cry Out Loud," originally a top 10
hit for Melissa Manchester in 1979. Clive Davis, who headed Arista Records
when the label released Manchester's original, personally selected the song
for DeGarmo to sing on the May 18 edition of American Idol. Davis was the
celebrity judge on the show that night, and joined Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul,
and Randy Jackson in overwhelming praise of DeGarmo's performance.
With DeGarmo scheduled to go into the studio to record "Don't Cry Out
Loud," Manchester volunteered to come in and give Diana some tips on the song.
"We remained faithful to the original version which became the basis of our
new production, then we added Diana's vocals, recorded some new overdubs and
mixed it," according to Steve Ferrera, Senior Vice President of A&R for The
RCA Music Group.
"Don't Cry Out Loud" is available for streaming through AOL's "First
Listen" program. AOL users are able to hear the song by going to AOL Keyword:
The third track on DeGarmo's debut single is "I Believe," written by first
season American Idol finalist Tamyra Gray, Sam Watters and Louis Biancaniello.
This is the song performed by both DeGarmo and Barrino on the May 25 finale of
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SOURCE RCA Records