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18-year-old Ayla Brown will hit the recording studio in New York City
on August 24th, where she will sign a record & distribution deal
and record her debut album. Brown, who placed 13th on the fifth season
of 'American Idol' will be the first finalist from her season to
release an album, which is set for a mid-October release. The first
single is scheduled to impact radio in early September.
: AMERICAN IDOL FINALIST AYLA BROWN SIGNS EXCLUSIVE RECORDING DEAL WITH DOUBLE DEAL BRAND RECORDS AUGUST 24TH, 2006 (NEW YORK, NY) - Massachusetts native Ayla Brown, who placed 13th on this year's American Idol competition, has signed an exclusive recording contract today with Double Deal Brand Records. Ayla's debut album - "FORWARD>" - will be released nationally on October 17th, and will be available at all major retailers, iTunes and all other digital stores. It can also be pre-ordered at Amazon.com starting in mid-September. Ayla's debut double-single "Know You Better/ I Quit" will be released on Tuesday, September 12th on Amazon.com and at all digital music stores. "Know You Better" will be serviced and worked nationally to CHR and top 40 radio, with an official add date of September 12th. Early commitments are already in from many local Boston radio stations. In addition, several local, regional and national print pieces are in the works, with more interviews scheduled in the next two weeks. The video for "Know You Better" will be shot after August 24th in Boston by Dream Alley Pictures, with several Boston celebrities making cameos in the video. Eighteen-year-old Boston basketball phenomenon Ayla Brown finished her high school career as one of the top female basketball players in Massachusetts history, scoring 2358 career points. In addition, she is a 2 time Gatorade Player of the Year, being named as the top female basketball player in Massachusetts. After Ayla finished her senior season as the captain of Noble and Greenough high school girls basketball team she went on to place 13th on season five of television’s American Idol, appearing before more than 30 million viewers three times a week until leaving the show March 9th. Throughout the show, Ayla was known for her poise, grace, and hard work. This project is a reflection of those qualities.
Ayla’s debut album will be packed with potential singles from pop-friendly hits like "Know You Better," "Sugah" and "I Quit" and stadium anthems like "Breaking Away" to Ayla’s trademark power ballads such as "If I Was A River" and the title track "Forward" that made her a favorite of millions of viewers each week. The album will feature songs written by Diane Warren (multi-Grammy Award Winner), Tommy Sims (1997 Grammy Award, Song of the Year, "Change The World"), David Eriksen (Clay Aiken, Lindsay Lohan, judge on "Norwegian Idol"), Ruby Amanfu (UK pop star and songwriter), Jonatha Brooke, Phil Thornalley (Natalie Imbruglia’s "Torn," XTC, The Cure), as well a track co-written by Ayla. Several tracks will feature live orchestra strings that will be arranged and recorded in Nashville by David and Ned Henry (Ben Folds, Indigo Girls, REM, Guster). The album will be recorded in New York at Tonic Studios, Raw Sugar Studios and Double Deal Studios, and will be mixed at A-Pawling Studios. Ayla began recording the vocals for the album immediately after signing her contract, and will continue recording until the project is complete.
Since last appearing on Idol, Ayla has made hundreds of personal appearances, most covered by local or national media and drawing 500 to 2000+ fans. She appeared at the Kiss 108 Concert in Mansfield, MA in front of 20,000 people on May 20th, performing four songs and introducing Natasha Bedingfield. Ayla sang the national anthem on July 4th with the Boston Pops in front of hundreds of thousands of people, with her performance including a multiple F-16 fly-over and coverage on CBS. Ayla appeared at Fenway Park on July 12th and has made many personal and concert appearances throughout the summer, with plans to perform 6 shows over three days at the Eastern States Exposition Fair ( The Big E) in W. Springfield, MA from September 15-17.
Double Deal Brand Records, a New York Company, was formed in early 2004 by a group of colleagues with decades of experience both at major record labels & music distribution companies and in global branding. With offices in New York, Nashville, St. Louis and San Francisco and a mission to partner with artists they respected and admired, the label has signed eight acts, with numerous releases and signings planned in the coming months. The company and its artists partner in all aspects of making the album, marketing and promoting it, and equitably share in the net profits of multiple revenue streams. Double Deal Brand Records are distributed independently in the United States by CBuJ Distribution, Nashville, TN.
Know You Better
If I Was A River
Falling Into You
Thanks To You
Ten Cent Wings
Produced By - Jim McGregor
Mixed By - Peter Moshay
A&R/ Executive Producer - Wayne Laakko
- Ayla's album is now available nationwide at the following locations:
-Barnes & Noble