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Joshua Ledet’s New Song Deserves a Standing Ovation

Joshua Ledet
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August 26, 2013 5:35 PM ET

"American Idol" third-placer Joshua Ledet received so many standing ovations during his spectacular Season 11 run, I lost count. (I think it was at least a dozen. Maybe 13?) He impressed the judges, millions of viewers, and even his own idol Fantasia Barrino with his interpretations of classics by other artists like James Brown, India.Arie, and Percy Sledge...but now he deserves another round of applause, applause, applause for his new original track, "Here to Die."

 

Joshua uploaded the fiery, from-the-gut breakup ballad to YouTube on Thursday night, seemingly on a whim. "Here to Die," which he wrote, is still retro (Joshua is one very old soul), but it has more of an '80s/'90s vibe (think Terrence Trent D'Arby, D'Angelo, Tyrese); it definitely showcases a harder, more urban side of Joshua that we didn't get to see or hear on "Idol's" limited theme nights. Anyone who thought all Joshua could do was belt out the Motown or Sam Cooke songbooks should be pleasantly surprised by "Here to Die."

Joshua later tweeted that this isn't his single, just something he did "for fun," but I'm being serious here: This song needs to get a commercial release. And when it does, I'll give whatever label that puts it out a standing ovation.

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