'Idol' Finalist Tamyra Gray Signs With RCA
Following in the footsteps of "American Idol" runner-up Justin Guarini, finalist Tamyra Gray has also inked a record deal with "Idol" producer Simon Fuller's 19 Recordings Limited.Following in the footsteps of "American Idol" runner-up Justin Guarini, finalist Tamyra Gray has also inked a record deal with "Idol" producer Simon Fuller's 19 Recordings Limited. A single is expected in December, with a full album due next year before the second season of "American Idol." The recordings will be licensed to RCA in North America.
"The 'American Idol' finalists are all winners in our eyes," RCA Music Group chairman Bob Jamieson said in a statement. "Tamyra is a superbly talented singer who holds tremendous promise as a recording artist. We look forward to helping her build a successful recording career."
RCA general manager Richard Sanders told The Hollywood Reporter earlier this month that the label had also signed finalist Nikki McKibbin to a contract. Meanwhile, Gray will portray a student in four episodes of the Fox drama "Boston Public," with her first appearance coinciding with the February sweeps.
"Idol" winner Kelly Clarkson's RCA debut is expected early next year. Her debut single, "A Moment Like This," is No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 this week. "The success story this year is an artist that hasn't been alive for 25 years and a TV sensation," Sanders said, noting the runaway popularity of the label's "ELV1S: 30 #1 Hits" compilation.