What's Up with American Idol's Ayla Brown?

12/30/2010
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Boston Magazine has an in-depth article/profile with American Idol's Ayla Brown. Here is part of it: Before her dad went from obscurity to Senate sexpot Scott Brown, Ayla Brown was the most famous member of her family, a multitasking overachiever who'd made a name for herself as a record-breaking high school basketball star and American Idol finalist. The latter accomplishment led to so many gigs singing the national anthem at Boston-area sports events, concerts, and fundraisers that the local press dubbed her "the Anthem Girl." Other extracurriculars included reviewing episodes of Idol for the Boston Herald, and, after her father was elected, doing semiregular segments as a correspondent for CBS's Early Show. Her first big interview: Scott Brown.

The music thing used to be a part-time gig. She recorded and independently released harmless, generic pop singles like "I'm So Happy" and "Sugah" during breaks and summer vacation. (User reviews on iTunes range from "You are very talented" to "These are some of the worst songs I've ever heard.") But since graduating in May, Ayla's entire focus has been her singing career. Now she logs up to 70 hours a week writing, networking, tweeting, making appearances, and performing live shows wherever she can get them: at malls, fairs, festivals, games. She spent the summer touring New England to promote Circles, her latest self-released EP; signing CDs; and selling Ayla Brown T-shirts, posters, and other merchandise. All those $5 laminated backstage passes add up. She's been able to buy her own condo (though she rents it out and, like a good girl, continues to live at her parents' house in Wrentham).

In August, however, in the middle of her curiously named "Fizzically Fit" tour, Ayla made an announcement: She was giving up pop and going country. Her abandoning a genre that tends to celebrate or at least pay more attention to boobs and bad behavior has nothing to do with her father's conservative politics, she insists, though she does make an effort in interviews, and in life, to be wholesome. Check out the full article here

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