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July 30, 2008

Life after 'American Idol'

<b>Back in Indiana, Overmyer works on new album, plans wedding</b>

After competing in the most recent season of “American Idol,” Amanda Overmyer’s main focus is pursuing a career in music.

Overmyer is currently in Mulberry putting together a new album, which she describes as “southern rock.” Her single “Play On” will be released on Apple iTunes at the end of September. The album, which has not been signed by a record label, is tentatively set to be released in December.

The 23-year-old Camden native finished 11th in “Idol,” after being voted off the competition in March.

Overmyer was described by judges as the “rock-and-roll nurse” and the “bluesy-rocker chick.” In the end, “Idol” judges weren’t impressed with her performance to “Back in the U.S.S.R,” and audiences sent Overmyer home.

After the competition ended for Overmyer, she spent the next couple of months in Los Angeles, where the show was taped, where she began recording her album. Rocco Guarino, the producer of Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver, is working with Overmyer on her new album, which does not yet have a title.

Finishing touches are being made to the album in a recording studio in Lafayette.

Overmyer has been back in Indiana for the past month. She said she has no regrets about the show and was ready to leave when she did.

“You always had people telling you where to go, what to do and what to wear,” she said. “You were always surrounded by 50,000 people. It just got old.”

Her first concert after “Idol” was in May at the Whiskey A-Go-Go in the Sunset Strip in Los Angeles.

At the end of August, Overmyer will perform at the Harley-Davidson 105th Anniversary Celebration in Milwaukee, where she will perform original songs and covers from “Idol.”

Overmyer said she wasn’t disappointed that she didn’t make the top 10 “Idol” tour occurring nationwide this summer, and she is planning a Midwest tour after her Milwaukee performance. Overmyer will also open Lucas Oil Stadium, the new home of the Indianapolis Colts, with the national anthem at a future date.

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