James Durbin Returns With New Single & Music Video For “Smackdown”

Photo credit: Heidi Durbin

“Smackdown” is the first new music from James Durbin in over 2 years and will be the lead single off of his forthcoming as-yet-untitled 3rd  full length album release slated for this summer.   “Smackdown” showcases James’ signature hard rock sound in a grand way with crunching guitar riffs and a truly epic drum beat.  From the opening bass riff to the closing scream & all the debauchery in between, James Durbin is back & better than ever before.

James Durbin (27) is an American singer, songwriter and guitarist from Santa Cruz, California, who finished in fourth place on the tenth season of American Idol. He lives in Aptos, CA with his wife Heidi and 2 kids Hunter (6) & Kinzee (1)

Durbin was a Top 4 finalist on season 10, but despite his early elimination, he received a homecoming celebration previously reserved for Top 3 contestants, the first time such an exception on the homecoming policy was made by the show. “Durbin Day” is to this day the largest public gathering of people in the history of Santa Cruz, CA. A whopping 30,000 people flocked to the stage at The Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk to catch a glimpse of their hometown hero’s return.

James worked & performed alongside many incredible musicians including: Stevie Wonder, Bob Babbitt of The Funk Brothers, Don Was, Zakk Wylde, Sheryl Crow, Tom Jones, Mick Mars & Steel Panther to name a few. He appeared on the American Idol Season 10 finale, singing “Livin’ After Midnight” and “Breaking the Law” alongside British heavy metal legends Judas Priest.

Durbin has appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Live with Regis and Kelly, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Durbin has also performed on Conan twice.

Durbin is no stranger to the stage and performing. Having toured the world on the 49 date Idol’s Live Tour with sold out shows across the US, Canada & Philippines, landed supporting slots on tours with Buckcherry, Evanescence, Drowning Pool & Steel Panther as well as headlined his own shows, self produced “Destroy The Night: Tribute to The Doors & Led Zeppelin” & performed for our nations troops in Kyrgyzstan.

James Durbin has released 2 full length albums through WindUp Records: Memories Of A Beautiful Disaster and Celebrate, as well as an Independently released Christmas EP A Thrill Of Hope. Durbin is currently in the studio recording his 3rd full length album set for a Summer/Fall 2016 release.

James Durbin is an artist on the rise and a performer you don’t want to miss.

“Smackdown” is available for digital download through CD Baby  here:  www.cdbaby.com/CD/jamesdurbin2

Follow James on social media here:
Twitter: http://twitter.com/durbinrock
Facebook: http://facebook.com/durbinrock
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