2017 BET Awards
Bennett Preps Debut, Clarifies 'Idol' Comments
Pint-sized singer Paris Bennett may have been voted off the fifth season of "American Idol," but she didn't let that derail her music career aspirations. Indeed, the 18-year-old's debut album, "PrincePint-sized singer Paris Bennett may have been voted off the fifth season of "American Idol," but she didn't let that derail her music career aspirations. Indeed, the 18-year-old's debut album, "Princess P" (306 Entertainment/TVT Records), is set for a May 8 release.
"I'm an old soul," the Rockford, Ill., native tells Billboard.com, "but on my album, I'm speaking for the young people and letting them know it is alright to have the will to dream."
The album, which Bennett says touches on everything from relationships to family and friendships, includes production from Darrin Lighty, DJ SES and Jon Jon Traxx (Beyonce's "Deja Vu"), who produced the first single, "Ordinary Love." "Boyfriend Back," which has already been earning spins on Radio Disney, is being looked at as the follow-up track.
Also included are "Daddy," ("It talks about my father not being in my life," says Bennett) and the uptempo "Get Busy." "Best Friends" features collaborations with her mother Jamecia and grandmother Ann Nesby, who fronted the R&B/gospel group Sounds Of Blackness. Another "Idol" season five contestant, Kevin Covais, raps on the song "Can I Rap."
Rumors that Bennett has negative feelings about "American Idol" have arisen based on a radio interview she conducted with a station in Minneapolis. In it, she said she and other former contestants were voting for season six oddball finalist Sanjaya Malakar because they had ceased to think the show had anything to do with talent. Malakar has since been voted off the show.
Bennett says those comments were misunderstood and that she would never want the show to fail. "I'm not a sore loser by any means," Bennett says. "If it wasn't for 'American Idol,' I wouldn't be here. I give them much respect and honor. There's nothing bitter about the situation."