Diana DeGarmo finished second on the 2004 American Idol largely due to her plucky, irrepressible spirit. She was the local girl next door who always has the desire to put on a show, and viewers responded as much to that attitude as they did to her voice. It also didn't hurt that at the age of 16, she was one of the youngest contestants on the show, and it's very likely that many members of her fan base identified with her -- when they watched Diana they could see themselves up there on-stage. Released six months after the close of the show's third season (and only two weeks after 2004's winner, Fantasia Barrino, released her first album), DeGarmo's debut, Blue Skies, is halfway between Kelly Clarkson's streamlined, mature take on Ashlee Simpson's rock-tinged anthemic pop (as evidenced on her fine second album, Breakaway) and Clay Aiken's deliberately safe, milquetoast adult contemporary. Musically, it's the right direction for DeGarmo, who isn't even as hip as Justin Guarini, and the hooky songs -- many written by Kara DioGuardi and John Shanks, who also contributed to Lindsay Lohan's debut album, Speak -- evoke DeGarmo's rise to fame. At 17, Diana DeGarmo may be young, but the best moments here -- like her best moments on the show -- prove that she's a likeable, ingratiating singer, particularly when given a chance to belt out a showstopper like "Don't Cry Out Loud."
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Performance CreditsDiana DeGarmo Primary Artist,Vocals
Matt Rollings Piano
David Foster Keyboards
Desmond Child Choir, Chorus
Jim Keltner Drums
Kenny Aronoff Drums
Charlie Bisharat Concert Master
Chris Braide Choir, Chorus
Dennis Budimir Guitar
Paul Bushnell Bass,Bass Guitar
Larry Corbett Celli
Kevin Dorsey Choir, Chorus
Jim Gilstrap Choir, Chorus
David Hungate Bass,Bass Guitar
Armen Ksadjikian Celli
Joe Meyer French Horn
Jamie Muhoberac Keyboards
Lori Perry Choir, Chorus
Dean Parks Acoustic Guitar
Bill Payne Piano
Tim Pierce Guitar,Electric Guitar
Lee Ritenour Guitar
Brad Warnaar French Horn
Oren Waters Choir, Chorus
Chris Willis Choir, Chorus
Evan Wilson Violin
Kara DioGuardi Background Vocals
Dan Warner Guitar
John Shanks Bass,Guitar,Bass Guitar,Keyboards
William Champlin Choir, Chorus
Harry "Slick" Sommerdahl Keyboards
Andreas Carlsson Guitar,Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Abe Laboriel Drums
Anna Nordell Background Vocals
Bob Becker Violin
Jeff Rothschild Drums
Kalle Engstrom Keyboards
Thomas Blindberg Bass
Keely Pressly Background Vocals
Sheléa Frazier Choir, Chorus
Billy Payne Piano
Bob Zimmitti Timpani
Jochem van der Saag Keyboards
Technical CreditsDavid Foster Arranger,Producer,Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements,Audio Production
Carole Bayer Sager Composer
Desmond Child Composer,Producer,Audio Production,Vocal Producer
Chris Braide Composer
David Campbell Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements,Horn Conductor,String Conductor
Steve Churchyard Engineer
Bob Clearmountain Engineer
Clive Davis Producer,Audio Production
Barry Fasman Arranger
Humberto Gatica Engineer
Jerry Hey Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Rob Jacobs Engineer
Harry Maslin Producer,Engineer
Shelly Peiken Composer
Steve Waldman Engineer
Chris Willis Choir Arrangement
Andy Zulla Engineer
Kara DioGuardi Composer,Producer
Suzie Katayama String Contractor
Dan Warner Engineer
Lars Fox Engineer
John Shanks Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Matt Gruber Engineer
Harry "Slick" Sommerdahl Programming,Engineer
Andreas Carlsson Composer,Producer,Engineer,Audio Production,Vocal Producer,Choir Arrangement
Jules Gondar Engineer
Kwaku Alston Cover Photo
Rick Ash Engineer
Steve Conger Engineer
Marcy Larson Reissue Design
Mark Valentine Engineer
Jeff Rothschild Engineer
Neil Devor Programming
Kalle Engstrom Programming,Engineer
Stephen Ferrera Producer
Jay Ruston Engineer
Michael Eleopoulos Engineer
FJH Art Direction
Alex Pavlides Engineer
Richard Hwang Engineer
Linda Thompson Composer
Samantha Moore Composer
Savan Kotecha Composer
Jochem van der Saag Programming,Sound Design
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Excellent choices that showcase her versatile voice and performance ability. I'll buy it. Did not like the addition of 'Don't Cry Out Loud'. It disrupts the flow of the CD....
AWESOME album. Diana Proves why she should have won. all 12 songs on this album are Awesome. The best part is she is only 17.EVERYONE should go and buy this album. Trust me on this- IT WIll BE ONE OF THE BEST ALBUMS U WILL EVER BUY
Diana did a great job not only American Idol, but on this CD! She is a great talent and should have been crowned the AI last year.. Keep singing!!!
Don't be biased against this album just because DeGarmo is a product of the AI machine. I've heard 8 out of the 12 tracks on this album, and I was pleasantly surprised. Diana has had good assistance in selecting tracks that are listenable and catchy. I'm particuarly fond of "Cardboard Castles" and "Then I Woke Up". This is not a groundbreaking album, but it is a good one, with radio-friendly songs and I look forward to purchasing it. I would definitely reccomend checking this album out.
I bought this album and it is unbelievable!!!! She is only 17 and she is outstanding. You should deffinately get this CD, or you will deffinately regret it. She has an unbelievable voice, and she really shines in this cd. All i can say is wowww.
Diana proves that it's not just the winners of American Idol that have talent with this debut album. Every song is filled with impeccible vocals, catchy music, and likeable lyrics. There's something in here for everyone. Soul-lovin' fans will love "Go On and Cry", which shows off Diana's amazing voice like no other song. Teens will fall in love with upbeat, fun songs like "Then I Woke Up". Adults will enjoy songs with fun music but mature lyrics such as "Cardboard Castles" which is much better than the title might suggest. And the style of music changes from song to song - pop songs like "All I Never Wanted" and "Emotional", rockier songs like "The Difference in Me" and "Till You Want Me", and all kinds in between. Though a very varied album, one thing is evident in every song - Diana's superior voice which proves why she was the runner-up in the biggest singing competition in history. A flawless album, and one that both teens and their parents will have fun listening to.
This CD is awesome! I got it for Christmas and have not stopped listening to it! I love Diana's music so much, and I'm so glad that she got an RCA contract. She has an amazing voice, and she sings songs that all girls can relate to. My favorite songs are 'Emotional' and 'Boy Like You'. I love you Diana!!!!!!!!!!!
LOVE HER!....hate this travesty of an album. If this is how RCA plans to market her, don't expect a second album.
I'm not your typical rock n roll music lover. My taste goes more to modern western music and old 50's rock. But I love this cd from Miss Degarmo, not only is she cute as a bug but she can sing her butt off. I would rate her and Carrie Underwood as the two best Singers to come from American idol by far. Every song on this cd is a hit song in my oppinion.
The long awaited debut from Diana DeGarmo arrives in a few more days. After hearing the album, I must say that I'm pleasantly surprised. Diana's voice shines on the album and the song choice is very fitting for her age. However, these songs also appeal to those of all ages. Bravo, Diana! Everyone should buy this album. You won't be disapppointed. Diana shines on this album, shatters and even rises above expectations. The perfect mix of pop/rock (with a hint of country and blues) is perfect for Diana. Personal favourites include All I Never Wanted, Go On and Cry, Cardboard Castles, Dream, Dream, Dream. There is not one bad song on the album. Every song is great. This is an excellently sung, written and produced album.
Diana DeGarmo's debut album "Blue Skies" is one of the greatest musical acheivements in the past decade. Her impeccable singles such as "Cardboard Castles," "Emotional," "Go On and Cry," and "Till You Want Me" all display Diana's veteran vocal abilities. I highly suggest this album to all fans of music, both young and old.
From the first note I heard out of young Diana DeGarmo's mouth, I was in love. Week after week during AI3, she continued to amaze us with her powerful voice and versatile range. I couldn't get enough of her. Blue Skies is no disappointment to Diana. This album proves that she can handle anything thrown her way. From slow ballads like "Go On And Cry" to powerhouse "Then I Woke Up", and who could for get her current hit single "Emotional", Diana continues to entertain and amaze with her power, range, and control. Each song is easily related to for each age group. This girl will be sticking around.
This girl has skills, and RCA is hiding it right now. She is in the wrong genre/during AI Diana had a more soulful voice than this. She is way better than what I am hearing, I guess RCA is more like self promotions. Someone need to sit down and take their time with this girl. She does not deserve this, even though I feel that it was false move for her to be in the top 3. However I wish her the best, and a better management team. She got some skills.
I have heard clips from this album, it is so amazing. I just know that this is going to be the best CD I have ever bought. You will not regret buying this!
I ALSO HEARD 8 CLIPS OF DIANA'S SONGS, EMOTIONAL...CARDBOARD CASTLES...BLUE SKIES...THEN I WOKE UP...ALL I NEVER WANTED...THE DIFFERENCE IN ME...GO ON AND CRY....TILL YOU WANT ME. ALL I CAN SAY IS THAT THIS ALBUM IS AMAZING AND DIANA DEFINATELY CAN SING. DON'T MISS OUT YOU WILL KICK YOURSELF.
This is a brilliant cd with amazing tracks. Heard them on Promosquad. Particularly love Till You Want Me,Go On And Cry and Then I Woke Up but they are all very good. I live in Spain and ordered early because I cannot buy it here yet.
Diana is one of the best singers I have ever heard - her talent totally shines through on all of the songs she sings. She continues to grow each time I hear her sing - she is amazing. I am very proud of her and she will be around for years to come. This is a great cd and if I could she would of gotten 10 stars from me cause she is that good!
She is a great singer!! This cd is so much fun to listen to! The songs are great, the music is great! She rocks!
Diana DeGarmo's "Blue Skies" Album is great and Diana DeGarmo has proven she is without a doubt one of the top female recording stars in the business and definitely "The Girl With The Golden Voice". Highly recommended!!!!
I expected this album to be great, but.. it simply surpasses all of my expectations! The songs are so varied and unique, from fast and upbeat to slow and moving, and Diana shows that she can sing any genre of music thrown at her.
Diana DeGarmo proves she's got talent with this album. In fact, she's got loads. Every song is amazing. There's not one I don't enjoy listening to. A MUST BUY!!
I think Diana deserved to be winner in American Idol. She is a great performer and I am proud that she made a c.d. Its wonderful despite what others may say.
One of the best pop/rock (with a lot more rock than you might think) cds of 2004. I have heard several clips at a music site and am very excited to hear the entire cd. I would like to make special mention of two songs: Till You Want Me, lyrically and stylistically an almost sensual rock number that will probably surprise those who still think of her as the cute little American Idol girl, and Cardboard Castles, a look at broken dreams and broken people. Again, I suspect that will surprise a lot of folks. The first single, Emotional, is radio friendly and suits her well. This girl will be around for a long, long time and if you like pop/rock this cd won't disappoint you.
bad cd, bad vocals, bad lyrics, and i could go on and on. but if u are curious, just check out her lack of sales.
This CD is great and Diana has GREAT VOCALS!