The Kennedy Center

James Durbin


Pop culture watchers will recognize the name and the tagline. James Durbin, 22, brought heavy metal to the American Idol stage by performing Queen and Muse songs, and then by singing onstage with metal legends Judas Priest during the final episodes. Mr. Durbin ultimately placed fourth on Season 10 of the ratings. Since then, Mr. Durbin released his Wind-Up Records debut album, Memories of a Beautiful Disaster, which is an intricate lattice of all factions and facets of rock.

Mr. Durbin, who lives with Asperger's Syndrome and Tourette's Syndrome, co-wrote five of the 11 songs on the standard edition of Memories of a Beautiful Disaster. He has been afforded opportunities to work with his favorite band, Swedish cult heroes Hardcore Superstar, and with legendary Mötley Crüe guitarist Mick Mars on his album’s song, "Outcast." Mr. Durbin recently toured at several venues across California and Arizona.

Watch Past Performances

Video 8/27/2012: James Durbin

The singer and guitarist, widely known for his fourth place finish on the 10th season of American Idol, rocks the stage with his heavy rock sound and powerhouse vocals. Presented in cooperation with VSA.

James Durbin