Rather than rushing to put out an album fresh off of his run on "American Idol," season four contestant Constantine Maroulis opted to take his time crafting his debut.

Rather than rushing to put out an album fresh off of his run on "American Idol," season four contestant Constantine Maroulis opted to take his time crafting his debut.

"I spent the last couple of years putting a little distance between myself and 'American Idol,'" says Maroulis, who became known on the show for his smoldering glances and leather jacket-clad rock star persona. "There were so many great things that came my way after the show and things I wanted to experiment with -- the main thing being to find my voice [and] the sound I wanted to accomplish on my first album."

After appearing in the Broadway production of "The Wedding Singer" and the off-Broadway play "Jacques Brel is Alive and Living in Paris," Maroulis teamed with co-producers Jim Boggia and Marc Copley for his debut, "Constantine," which drops Aug. 7 via the singer's own Sixth Place Records. The first single, "Everybody Loves," is available on iTunes and was recently featured on the daytime soap "The Bold and the Beautiful."

The Brooklyn-born Greek artist has also enjoyed a guest spot on the soap since May 14. His character, Constantine Parros, is based on the singer's real life, only, "he's far more successful, and he's a rock star, if you will." On the show, his character heads his own record label, which parallels Maroulis' recent launch of his Sixth Place, named after his final standing on "Idol."

Maroulis reports that he co-wrote four of the songs on "Constantine," which dabbles in hard rock, dance tunes and ballads. Even with the variety of sounds, Maroulis says he took a more commercial approach to the record's sound, as evidenced by the anthemic, Train-like first single. Elsewhere, "Girl Like You" is a "more uptempo dance-rock track" with a hooky chorus, and the ballad "Sister Sister" is "very Beatles-esque, and it hits close to home."

Maroulis says his goal was to simply put out what he feels are a batch of good tunes. "I'm certainly no John Lennon; I'm not Coldplay. I'm a newer songwriter, and I worked with some guys that have done this for years and have had some great success," he notes.

And although he acknowledges there were things he could have done differently on to stick around longer on "Idol," Maroulis content with how things turned out. "I'm not the sort of person to look back and regret," he says. "Again, I'm not changing the world, but I affect the fans that I have out there. And when I see how loyal they are and how much, when I have conversations with them, I change their life and stuff, I think, 'Wow, I've done pretty good.'"

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