You may not have heard of Ferras. But if you've been watching American Idol for a while, you may recognize the maudlin strains of his tune "Hollywood's Not America," which was the official farewell song that fittingly soundtracked season 7's Hollywood Week. Here's a clip of Ferras performing the song in the Yahoo! Music studio last year to jog your memory, plus an interview in which Ferras talks about how the song was chosen for the show:
Anyway, I'm sure Ferras was hoping "Hollywood's Not America" would do for his career what another Idol goodbye theme, "Bad Day," did for Daniel Powter's. But, sadly, that did not happen. If it had, I wouldn't have had to start this blog with the sentence "You may not have heard of Ferras," right?
Oh well. To be honest, this MOR ballad didn't really properly represent Ferras's musical style, which was more majestic and grandiose in a total Elton/Mika/Bowie vein. So I am happy to report today that--according to a couple of Ferras's own excited Twitter posts--he is now writing songs with an old majestic and grandiose friend of his, Adam Lambert.
Yes, THAT Adam Lambert. The one-and-only American Idol contestant who was described by his own brother, Neil Lambert, as "a glittery alien from the Planet Fierce." And hey, Ferras's debut album was quite glitterily titled Aliens And Rainbows. Coincidence? Who cares? This seems like a match made in glam-Idol heaven to me.
Ferras tweeted today: "Spent the afternoon writing with Adam Lambert! Havent seen him since before idol- we're writing a great song. Its gunna be sick ya'll. :)"
Woot. I'm very much looking forward to seeing what these two come up with when they put their perfectly coiffed heads together. In the meantime, perhaps we can all get an inkling of what might come of their collabo, by watching the Ferras video below (it showcases Ferras's lavish musical style much more successfully than "Hollywood's Not America" ever did). I'd love to hear Adam croon epic chamber-pop songs like "Liberation Day"...although lusty Lambert fans shouldn't get too excited that Adam's own upcoming video will look anything like this full-frontal tour de force: