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PostSubject: Take5Online Citizen Times article   November 2nd 2007, 1:39 pm

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Beyond 'Idol:' Before Asheville show, Yamin talks about writing songs, odd job and charity groups
by Jaime McKee, jmckee@citizen-times.com
published November 2, 2007 12:15 am

His MySpace page tells readers, ďSing like Yamin it!Ē and thatís exactly what Elliott Yamin has been doing lately.

Having to quickly overcome his shyness, the former ďAmerican IdolĒ contestant has been touring for months in support of his self-titled debut album. His first single from the album, ďWait for You,Ē has been a radio hit and his second single, ďOne Word,Ē was released on radio in October.

We caught up with Yamin to talk about his days since ďIdol,Ē his new album and other things you may not know about him. Yamin will perform Saturday at

The Orange Peel

Question: Itís been a year and a half since the show. Whatís been your favorite part since the show?

Answer: Everything is exciting. I love to tour, I love being out on the road. The most exciting thing to me is just having music that I call my own and being able to go out and perform it every night. And just giving it back to the fans.

Q: Do you think youíre better off having not won ďAmerican IdolĒ?

A: Yes, I do. Iíve been able to do my own thing on my own terms. If I had won, I donít think I would have been able to do the things Iím doing now. Iím a business guy now. Iíve gotten the chance to do some real hands-on stuff and learn about how this stuff works, and Iím a partner in every sense of the word of my whole project.

Q: You co-wrote five songs on your album. Had you ever written songs before?

A: I hadnít really written before. Thatís one of the things Iím really going to be trying to work on. Iíd love to have a hit one day that I wrote.

Q: How was the writing process for you?

A: It was easy. The studio is like my haven. Thatís where I get to be me and get to be kind of myself. Thatís where I get to let all of the creative juices flow. I loved every second of it. I canít wait to get back into it.

Q: Iíve read that youíve held 46 or 47 jobs. Whatís the strangest job youíve ever held?

A: One of the strangest jobs I had was when I worked at Shoneyís, when I was a kid. They have a mascot, the Shoney Bear. Itís this big bear suit. Big old head, big body suit that you wear. I would sit outside on the corner, in front of the restaurant and I would wave at people. I would do this for sometimes four, five or six hours straight. That was my gig. That was the second job I ever had. I was like 16. Eventually, I actually moved up to dishwasher.

Q: What charity organizations are you involved with?

A: Iíve been doing a lot of work with the JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation). Iím all over the diabetic map. Right now, thereís a program called Life for a Child. Iím selling these T-shirts and a pin at my shows. Weíre trying to raise money to help bring insulin to diabetic children in 13 different countries all over the world. In my situation, Iím a Type 1 diabetic, and I couldnít imagine what life would be like without insulin. One hundred percent of the proceeds from the T-shirt and pin sales are going to the charity. Hopefully, one of these days, Iíll be able to go to these countries, visit these children and go make a difference personally.

Contact Jaime McKee at 828-236-8968, via e-mail at jmckee@citizen-times.com

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