American Idol Finalist Didi Benami duets with Keaton Simons on new song “If I Hadn’t Forgotten” (Review)

Keaton Simons’ new single entitled “If I Hadn’t Forgotten” features American Idol Season 9 finalist Didi Benami. It is now available to the public via iTunes and Amazon as a digital download.

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Keaton Simons is a thirty-something, multi-talented singer songwriter, and musician who has albums and EPs attached to his credential along with a degree in Ethnomusicology.

His musicality is always spot on and his voice soulful and bluesy. This was clear on the song “If I Hadn’t Forgotten” originally released as a solo single.

The song itself on first listen renders a feeling that you might have heard it before from somewhere. In its simplicity and timelessness, it could very well be placed in a movie soundtrack or perhaps a TV show.

And placed it was! ABC’s hit medical drama series “Private Practice” picked it up and put the song front and center on its November 3rd episode (EP506) entitled “If I Hadn’t Forgotten.” Not only is the episode the same as the track title, the main character Dr. Addison Montgomery (Kate Walsh) sings a few lines of the song!

“If I Hadn’t Forgotten” took another turn this week with a special release of a duet version. Lending the other half of this now two-tone harmony is the wistful, pulsing voice of Didi Benami.

Simons and Benami are long time friends and Didi has appeared in a number of Keaton Simons shows in Los Angeles.

While the tune could be carried fine on its own solo, we could see why Benami’s voice is the missing piece needed to perfect this song. Says producer and owner of Revolver Recordings (where the song was mixed and recorded), Mikal Blue:

“it was suggested that Didi could come and do a duet on one of (the) songs. I thought it was a great idea but I’ve no idea how amazing it was gonna sound. As soon as it got Didi’s voice into this track, the whole track took on a new vibe; it was beautiful hearing them both.”

In a post from Official American Idol site about the song release, Benami affirms:

“I’m very happy and excited about it. It’s been a long time in the works for me to get something out there, and I think the wait brought us to just the right song at just the right moment.”

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Whether there was conscious effort to bring in Didi Benami to ‘complete’ the track, the result is sublime and universally appealing. The give and take, the push and pull, the symbiosis brought the song into a whole new tier.

Benami’s voice hooks you in, inviting you to her world as she sings about the lost love. There is longing and yearning as she professes: “And I don’t know what you’ve been dreamin’ of, if your heart is haunted by our love, and I don’t know if you’ve tried movin’ on, But I can’t get past the way we left off…” leading into the chorus blending in tastefully with Simons’ crisp vocals:

If I knew now
What I knew then
If I hadn’t forgotten
What we meant
If I’d held on
Through the hard times
If I’d done what I needed to make things right
I’d know love before I lost it
If I hadn’t forgotten

Where the two draws the connection to the song, Benami might have sentimental attachment to it from the beginning as revealed on the behind the scenes video: “When I first heard the song, I felt like it was the last relationship that I was in, and it just brought me back… to what I could have done differently… It’s a message of hope for those of us that overthink everything and for those of us that don’t…

The track is Benami’s debut release since going on a nationwide American Idol tour in 2010. She was in New York City two months ago at the Rockwood Music Hall for an intimate showcase of what she’s been working on as far as her music goes. She is off to the Bahamas for a charity concert and dinner weekend on  November 11, and she’s chosen to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital (www.stjude.org/musicgives).

We wish both of these artists much success in their respective careers and we surely won’t mind another collaboration in the offing.

There is a streaming song preview at Didi Benami’s Official website. You can check out Keaton Simons official site here. You could get FREE song download from Didi’s fansite. They have a contest giveaway going on at their site as part of supporting the song and Benami.

Follow up to the minute updates from the two on their social network:

@DidiBenami on Twitter
@KeatonSimons on Twitter

Keaton’s Official Facebook | Didi’s Official Facebook

Allison Iraheta’s single “Friday I’ll Be Over U” getting some love from the press

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Genre: Pop/Rock
“Friday I’ll Be Over U” is the first single from the debut album of American Idol season eight finalist Allison Iraheta. On Friday, October 2nd, 2009, a small snippet was released to fans who called Allison’s line at 323-982-8897. The single was released to radio stations on Monday, October 5th. It will be officially released through digital distribution on October 20th, 2009.

Allison’s debut album will arrive in stores and online on December 1st including her soon-to-be-smash “Friday I’ll Be Over U.”

from EW’s Michael Slezak:

“Allison’s debut single, “Friday I’ll Be Over U” (the first 2:20 of which is streaming at PopEater) is the real deal, an aggressively jaunty kiss-off track that juxtaposes genuine, hard-edged attitude from Idol’s season 8 fourth-place finisher with a chorus as unapologetically addictive as Grape Bubble Yum.

Right from the opening “Oh yeah,” you can tell Allison’s having a great time dragging her lie-telling crush back to the customer-service desk for a full-money refund, and the age-appropriate lyrics (”Got my heart by tellin’ lies/ You weren’t what you advertised”) seem designed to spark mass sing-alongs with teenage girls (both inner and actual) across the nation.

Even better, when Allison repeats the song’s title at the end of the second verse — “No, no, I ain’t gonna cry/ Go and be with her tonight/ I really don’t care what you do/ ‘Cause Friday I’ll be over you” — the tart twist of harmony comes off like an homage to Kelly Clarkson’s “Since U Been Gone” (with hints of the Runaways’ “Cherry Bomb” and an opening guitar line that somehow reminds me of Blur’s “Song 2? thrown in for good measure).”

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from Lyndsey Parker of Y! Music (Yahoo):

“Interestingly, while “Friday” rawks pretty hard–as one would expect from AmIdol’s all-time rockingest rock chick EVER–it doesn’t quite have that bloozy, classic-rock vibe fans might have expected, given Allison’s recent Idols Live tour songs (Janis Joplin’s “Crybaby,” Heart’s “Barracuda,” Foghat’s “Slow Ride”). Instead it is a thoroughly modern affair, reminiscent of the fizzy, attitudinal girl-pop of Scandinavian indie-disco darlings the Sounds and criminally underrated pop-rocker Fefe Dobson…with a coy nod to fierce ’90s femmes like Veruca Salt and Elastica, and a little bit of Toni Basil/Kim Wilde-esque retro-’80s flavor thanks to copious syncopated hand-claps and bloopy, bubbling synths.

This single very effectively and unapologetically establishes just exactly who Allison Iraheta is, with a confidence rarely displayed by recording artists even twice her age. That’s exactly what a debut single should do.”

from Jim Farber of NY Daily News:

“If I alone judged “American Idol,” 17-year-old rocker-chick Allison Iraheta would have come in second in this year’s competition – just behind berserk rock-opera god Adam Lambert.

(In fact, she came in fourth).

Luckily, listeners will soon have a chance to correct this grave injustice. Iraheta’s first single, “Friday I’ll Be over You,” which was leaked to Popeater, comes out any day now. (Iraheta’s full, debut CD doesn’t arrive until Dec. 1st).

If the single’s any indication, we have a lot to look forward it. It’s a zippy blast of rock-inflected pop, much in the Joan Jett mold, though modified by more production gloss than that hard star would ever allow.

While the song’s chorus slicks things up in too obvious a bid at radio play, the verses retain Iraheta’s hoarse-throated charm. She’s always had a great capacity for attitude and a muscular range, both shown off to strong effect here.

The song, penned by teen-pop-czar Max Martin, has just the sharp hooks it needs. But it’s Iraheta’s credible, p.o.’d attitude that makes it stick. While so many young female stars – from Avril Lavigne to Miley Cyrus – feign an ornery style these days, Iraheta sounds like the real, snarling deal.”

Check out Allison’s official fan website here.

(VIDEO) 2012 Promo with Adam Lambert and single “Time for Miracles”

In stores Tuesday, November 24th, Adam Lambert’s yet untitled debut album already garnered number one spot in Amazon.com for presale orders! A-list collaborators for the album include Idol judge Kara Dioguardi, Green Day producer Rob Cavallo, Australian electro auteur Sam Sparro, glam-pop piano man Ferras, Swedish hitmaker Max Martin, OneRepublic’s Ryan Tedder, Lady Gaga producers RedOne and Claude Kelly, Nashville songwriter Aimee Mayo.

This anthem song “Time for Miracles” for the movie 2012 is a guaranteed hit. In the video, Adam shares a little bit about the song and this epic, mind blowing film. The movie is showing in November as well.

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Watch Mariah Carey take center stage and perform on America’s Got Talent

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Mariah Carey sings “OBSESSED.” The new single from her new album “Memoirs Of An Imperfect Angel”.