The current musical climate is utterly dominated by pop music and hip-hop, with artists tapping into computers and software programs to craft songs. In the digital age, the information superhighway has made the ability to create music instant, if a bit inorganic. As a result, instrument-driven music like rock 'n' roll has taken a bit of a back seat. But what's popular in culture ...is always cyclical and if there is one man up for the task of bringing rock 'n' roll roaring back to the forefront, it's none other than James Durbin.
Pop culture watchers will recognize the name and the tagline. Durbin, 22, was known for "bringing heavy metal to the 'American Idol' stage" last season by performing Queen and Muse songs and then by singing onstage with metal legends Judas Priest during the final episodes. Durbin ultimately placed fourth on Season 10 of the ratings juggernaut, going that far due to his "rawk" edge, his unbridled emotion, his undeniable swagger, his powerhouse voice and his God-given talent, all of which meshed into a potent cocktail that allowed him to stand head and shoulders above a sea of pop singers. He was also rock music's crusader; there Durbin stood on the frontlines, navigating the murky pop landscape with aplomb and vigor. He emerged on the other side with his mission in tact: to bring rock to the forefront. Call Durbin rock music's 2012 revivalist and ambassador, because that's what he is.