|Birth name||James William Durbin|
|Born||January 6, 1989|
|Origin||Santa Cruz, California, U.S.|
|Genres||Rock, hard rock, pop rock, heavy metal|
|Occupation(s)||Singer, guitarist, songwriter|
|Labels||Wild Vine Records (Independent)|
|Associated acts||Quiet Riot|
James William Durbin(born January 6, 1989) is an American singer and guitarist from Santa Cruz, California, who finished in fourth place on the tenth season of American Idol in 2011. Durbin was the lead singer for heavy metal band Quiet Riot from 2017 to 2019.
Durbin was born in 1989 to Judy Settle-Durbin, a dentist's daughter, and Willy Durbin, a bass player, who died of a heroin overdose when James was nine.He stated during his aired audition on American Idol that he was upset he didn't have the chance to know his father well. He was diagnosed with Tourette syndrome and Asperger syndrome shortly after his father died. He attended Musicschool, a music school run by Dale Ockerman in Santa Cruz instead of a traditional school. Durbin never graduated from high school. Durbin cites popular bands My Chemical Romance and Thirty Seconds to Mars as his inspirations for his music.
In 2006, he performed in a Santa Cruz children's theater group called Kids on Broadway and played the lead role in Grease and Beauty and the Beast . In 2007, he played the leading roles of Tony in West Side Story and Oscar in Sweet Charity —both productions produced by All About Theatre, a Santa Cruz community theatre company.In 2008, Durbin appeared in Alan Parsons' "Art & Science of Sound Recording" educational video series, recording a version of Parsons' "We Play The Game" at Ex'pression College for Digital Arts.
He was the lead singer in a band called Hollywood Scars,where he went by the stage name of Jimmy Levox. Influenced by bands such as Metallica, Pantera, Judas Priest, Dream Theater, Guns N' Roses, Iron Maiden and Mötley Crüe, Hollywood Scars drew their inspiration from the glitz, glam, and decadence of Hollywood's Sunset Strip in the 1980s. The band released a single entitled "Under The Cherry Tree". He was also in a band called Whatever Fits. He has also sung country music.
Durbin had previously auditioned for American Idol in the eighth season, but was not chosen.
Durbin was eliminated in the Top 4 on the tenth season, but despite his elimination, he received a homecoming previously reserved for Top 3 contestants,the first time such an exception on the homecoming policy was made by the show. Footage of his homecoming, dubbed the "Durbin Day", was shown briefly on the Top 3 performance show.
He appeared on the American Idol tenth season finale, singing "Livin' After Midnight" and "Breaking the Law" with Judas Priest.
|Episode||Theme||Song choice||Original artist||Order #||Result|
|Audition||Auditioner's Choice||"You Shook Me"||Muddy Waters||N/A||Advanced|
|Hollywood Round, Part 1||First Solo||"Oh! Darling"||The Beatles||N/A||Advanced|
|Hollywood Round, Part 2||Group Performance||"Somebody to Love"||Queen||N/A||Advanced|
|Hollywood Round, Part 3||Second Solo||"I Don't Want to Miss a Thing"||Aerosmith||N/A||Advanced|
|Las Vegas Round||Songs of The Beatles|
|"Get Back"||The Beatles||N/A||Advanced|
|Hollywood Round Final||Final Solo||"A Change Is Gonna Come"||Sam Cooke||N/A||Advanced|
|Top 24 (12 Men)||Personal Choice||"You've Got Another Thing Comin'"||Judas Priest||6||Advanced|
|Top 13||Your Personal Idol||"Maybe I'm Amazed"||Paul McCartney||6||Safe|
|Top 12||Year You Were Born||"I'll Be There for You"||Bon Jovi||4||Safe|
|Top 11||Motown||"Living for the City"||Stevie Wonder||11||Safe|
|Top 11 1||Elton John||"Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting"||Elton John||7||Safe|
|Top 9||Rock & Roll Hall of Fame||"While My Guitar Gently Weeps"||The Beatles||5||Safe|
|Top 8||Songs from the Movies||"Heavy Metal" – Heavy Metal||Sammy Hagar||8||Safe|
|Top 7||Songs from the 21st Century||"Uprising"||Muse||2||Safe|
|Top 6||Carole King||Solo "Will You Love Me Tomorrow"||The Shirelles||5||Safe|
|Duet "I'm into Something Good" with Jacob Lusk||Earl-Jean||9|
|Top 5||Songs from Now and Then||"Closer to the Edge"||Thirty Seconds to Mars||1||Safe|
|Top 4||Songs That Inspire||"Don't Stop Believin'"||Journey||1||Eliminated|
|Leiber & Stoller Songbook||"Love Potion No. 9"||The Clovers||8|
After his elimination Durbin appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno ,Live with Regis and Kelly , Late Night with Jimmy Fallon , and The Ellen DeGeneres Show . Along with the rest of the Top 11 finalists, he participated in the American Idol Tour that season.
He appeared in a documentary, Different Is The New Normal, that focused on a teen's effort to overcome Tourette syndrome.
Durbin is being managed by 19 Entertainment, alongside fellow contestants Pia Toscano and Haley Reinhart.It was announced that he was signed to Wind-up Records on September 5, 2011.
On May 28, 2011, Durbin and the other American Idol top 4 performed at the opening of the new Microsoft Store at Lenox Square Mall in Atlanta, Georgia.
Durbin, along with fellow contestants Scotty McCreery, Lauren Alaina, and Haley Reinhart, released a Walmart Exclusive EP with his highlights from American Idol. The tracks feature "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow", "Uprising" and a previously unreleased recording of "Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)".
Durbin started working on his debut album after appearing on American Idol, and wrote with James Michael and Marti Frederiksen,as well as his favorite band Hardcore Superstar. The album was produced by Howard Benson. He recorded a track entitled "Stand Up" for the album Official Gameday Music of the NFL, Volume 2 which was released for sale on September 27, 2011. The song was also included in his album.
On November 21, 2011, Durbin released the album, titled Memories of a Beautiful Disaster . The album debuted at number 36 on the Billboard 200, at number eight on the Billboard Rock Chart, number 25 on the Digital Album Chart,and sold 28,000 the first week. Two singles were released to radio simultaneously—"Love Me Bad" was released to Top 40 radio stations, while "Stand Up" was released to rock radio.
Durbin released a Christmas single, "Santa Claus Is Back in Town" on November 27, 2012.
Durbin performed "Love Me Bad" on Conan and "Higher Than Heaven" on American Idol in support of his album.
Durbin's second album, Celebrate, was released April 8, 2014. It was produced by Scott "The Ninja" Stevens and Durbin co wrote songs with Scott Stevens, Ted Bruner, Griffin Boyce and Stevie Aiello. The first single, "Parachute," was released on November 22, 2013.
Durbin performed "Parachute" on Conan in support of his album.
In 2015, Durbin raised funds for his third album via PledgeMusic.In November 2015, Durbin released a Christmas EP, A Thrill of Hope. He released the video for his first single "Smackdown" in April 2016.
On April 7, 2016, Durbin returned to Idol for the final episode of the fifteenth season.
On Durbin's 28th birthday, he released a stop motion animated music video he made with his son Hunter.
In 2016 Durbin and Alex Grossi of Quiet Riot worked on an album project "Maps to the Hollywood Scars". Volume 1 was released as a 5-song EP in February 2017.[ citation needed ]
In March 2017, Durbin joined Quiet Riot, as their new lead singer. The band reported that their upcoming album, Road Rage would be re-recorded prior to its release to feature Durbin on lead vocals.After recording a follow-up album, Durbin quit the band in September 2019. The album, Hollywood Cowboys, was released on November 8, 2019.
In October 2020, Durbin revealed he had signed with Frontiers Records and was working on a "pure heavy metal" album.The Beast Awakens was released on February 12, 2021 under the Durbin moniker. Alongside Durbin, who performs lead vocals and rhythm guitar, the album also features drummer Mike Vanderhule and bassist Barry Sparks.
Durbin is married to Heidi Air Lowe.They have a son named Hunter, and a daughter named Kinzee Cruz. The couple were married on December 31, 2011. Durbin is an avid fan of professional wrestling.
| US ||US|
|Memories of a Beautiful Disaster||36||25||8|
|Riot on Sunset||—||—||—|
|"—" denotes releases that did not chart|
| US || US|
| CAN |
|American Idol Season 10|
Highlights: James Durbin
|Year||Single||Peak chart positions||Sales||Album|
|2011||"Stand Up"||—||39||Memories of a Beautiful Disaster|
|"Love Me Bad"||32||—|
|2012||"Higher Than Heaven"||—||—|
|"Santa Claus Is Back in Town"||—||—||Non-album single|
|2016||"Smackdown"||—||—||Riot on Sunset|
|"—" denotes releases that did not chart|
Quiet Riot is an American heavy metal band founded in 1973 by guitarist Randy Rhoads and bassist Kelly Garni. The band is ranked at No. 100 on VH1's 100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock.
Robert John Arthur Halford is an English singer and songwriter. He is best known as the lead vocalist of the heavy metal band Judas Priest, which was formed in 1969 and has received accolades such as the 2010 Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance. He has been noted for his powerful, wide-ranging voice and trademark leather-and-studs image, both of which have become iconic in heavy metal. He has also been involved with several side projects, including Fight, Two, and Halford.
Snot is an American nu metal band from Santa Barbara, California. Formed in 1995, the band released their only studio album Get Some with founding vocalist Lynn Strait in 1997 and disbanded after his death in 1998. In 2008, the lineup of lead guitarist Mikey Doling, rhythm guitarist Sonny Mayo, bassist John Fahnestock and drummer Jamie Miller reunited. In 2009, a new band, Tons, was formed, with Brandon Espinoza as vocalist. As of February 2014, Snot has reformed again.
Frankie Banali was an American rock drummer, most widely known for his work with multi-platinum heavy metal band Quiet Riot. His signature tone and iconic drum intros first became famous on their album "Metal Health" which was the first metal album to hit number one on the Billboard charts and ushered in the 80's metal band era. He had been the band's manager since 1993. He played drums in the heavy metal band W.A.S.P., as well as with Billy Idol. Banali was briefly a touring drummer for Faster Pussycat and Steppenwolf. In the last few months of his life he was also an abstract painter.
Tracy Richard Irving Ulrich, known professionally as Tracii Guns, is an American musician best known as the co-founder of glam metal group L.A. Guns, as well as the supergroups Brides of Destruction and Contraband. He was also a founding member of Guns N' Roses, but left shortly afterwards and was replaced by guitarist Slash.
Adler's Appetite, previously Suki Jones, is an American rock band from Los Angeles, California, formed in 2003. The band's current lineup consists of namesake and drummer Steven Adler, vocalist Ariel Kamin, guitarists Michael Thomas and Alistair James, and bassist Tanya O'Callaghan. Along with original material, the band performs covers of Adler's former band Guns N' Roses, primarily songs from the album Appetite for Destruction.
Jizzy Pearl is an American vocalist who was born on March 17, 1958, in Chicago, Illinois. He's had notable performances in several heavy metal and hard rock groups. He first fronted the band Data Clan, which eventually became Love/Hate. Pearl has also sung for L.A. Guns, Ratt, Adler's Appetite, Quiet Riot and other, lesser known acts.
Rudy Sarzo is a Cuban-American hard rock/heavy metal bassist. Sarzo remains best known for his work with Quiet Riot, Ozzy Osbourne, and Whitesnake, and has also played with several well known heavy metal and hard rock acts including Manic Eden, Dio, Blue Öyster Cult, Geoff Tate's Queensrÿche and Devil City Angels. He is currently the bass player for The Guess Who.
Christopher Adam Daughtry is an American singer, songwriter and actor. He is the lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist for the rock band Daughtry, which he formed after placing fourth on the fifth season of American Idol. Released by RCA Records, Daughtry's self-titled debut album became the fastest selling debut rock album in Nielsen SoundScan history, selling more than one million copies within five weeks of release. The album was recorded before the band was officially formed, making him the only official member present on the album.
Rehab is the eleventh studio album released from the heavy metal band Quiet Riot in 2006. It is their first studio release since 2001's Guilty Pleasures, and is their final studio album to feature lead singer Kevin DuBrow before his death in November 2007. Since DuBrow's death, there are no original members remaining in Quiet Riot. The album has received mixed reviews from fans.
Hollywood Undead is an American rap rock band from Los Angeles, California, formed in 2005. They released their debut album, Swan Songs, on September 2, 2008, and their live CD/DVD Desperate Measures, on November 10, 2009. Their second studio album, American Tragedy, was released April 5, 2011. All of the band members use pseudonyms and previously wore their own unique mask, most of which were based on the common hockey goaltender design. The band members currently consist of Charlie Scene, Danny, Funny Man, J-Dog, and Johnny 3 Tears. Their third studio album, titled Notes from the Underground, was released on January 8, 2013.
Dale Ockerman is a keyboardist, guitarist and songwriter who has worked with a variety of internationally recognized musicians since the late 1960s. He is best known for his association with the Doobie Brothers, where he was principal keyboardist and a guitarist with the reformed version of the band during the 1988–1996 period.
Casey Everett James is an American singer and guitarist from Fort Worth, Texas, who was the third-place finalist on the ninth season of American Idol and is an independent recording artist. He released his eponymous album in March 2012 from which three singles, "Let's Don't Call It a Night", "Crying on a Suitcase", and "The Good Life" were released. In October 2014, James released "Fall Apart" as the first single from a planned second studio album, but Sony opted not to release the record and they split ways. In 2017, James released his second album, Strip It Down, to critical acclaim.
The tenth season of American Idol premiered on January 19, 2011, and concluded on May 25, 2011, on the Fox television network. The show underwent a number of changes from the ninth season, including the return of Nigel Lythgoe as executive producer. Randy Jackson returned as judge for his tenth season while Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler joined the judging panel following the departures of Simon Cowell, Kara DioGuardi and Ellen DeGeneres.
Memories of a Beautiful Disaster is the debut studio album of American rock musician James Durbin, released on November 21, 2011 through Wind-up Records.
Caleb Perry Johnson is an American singer who won the thirteenth season of American Idol. Prior to appearing on the series, he was the front man for the band Elijah Hooker. After American Idol, Johnson released his debut solo album, Testify, through Interscope Records. After leaving his label, he formed another group, Caleb Johnson and the Ramblin' Saints, and in 2019, the group self-released its first album, Born from Southern Ground.
Road Rage is the thirteenth studio album from the heavy metal band Quiet Riot. This is the first album to feature American Idol alum James Durbin on lead vocals. The album was originally recorded with vocalist Seann Nicols, a former member of Adler's Appetite and Icon, and scheduled for release on April 21, 2017. Pre-orders for the album began on March 1, 2017, and the instant gratification track was titled "The Seeker". However, Nicols was fired from the band in March, and it was subsequently announced that the album would be postponed so that Nicols' vocals and lyrics could be replaced and re-recorded by Durbin. The track "The Seeker" was withdrawn from distribution at this point, and never saw release on the final version of Road Rage in any form. The album finally saw release on August 4, 2017. Billboard Magazine debuted the music video for the single "Can't Get Enough" directed by Regina Russell Banali on July 24, 2017
Hollywood Cowboys is the fourteenth studio album by the heavy metal band Quiet Riot. It is their last album with vocalist James Durbin who left the band in September 2019 and was replaced by previous vocalist Jizzy Pearl. It is also their first album to be released since drummer Frankie Banali diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, and the last album to feature him before his death in August 2020.