.

Joshua Ledet’s New Song Deserves a Standing Ovation

Joshua Ledet
Theo Wargo Collection/Getty Images
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.

Related links:

Follow me on Twitter, Instagram, Amazon, Tumblr

To read the new issue of Rolling Stone online, plus the entire RS archive: Click Here

prev
Yahoo Reality Rocks Next

blog comments powered by Disqus
Around the Web
Powered By ZergNet
Daily Newsletter

Get the latest RS news in your inbox.

Sign up to receive the Rolling Stone newsletter and special offers from RS and its
marketing partners.

X

We may use your e-mail address to send you the newsletter and offers that may interest you, on behalf of Rolling Stone and its partners. For more information please read our Privacy Policy.

Song Stories

“You Oughta Know”

Alanis Morissette | 1995

This blunt, bitter breakup song -- famous for its line "Would she go down on you in a theater?" -- was long rumored to be about Alanis Morissette getting dumped by Full House actor Dave Coulier. But while she never confirmed it was about him (Coulier himself says it is, however), she insisted the song wasn't all about scorn. "By no means is this record just a sexual, angry record," she told Rolling Stone. "The song wasn't written for the sake of revenge. It was written for the sake of release. I'm actually a pretty rational, calm person."

More Song Stories entries »
 
www.expandtheroom.com