By Andrew Gans
09 Feb 2012
|Photo by Curtis Brown|
"Steadfast" revisits the best of Aiken's 2010 release "Tried and True," featuring selected cuts from that record alongside a newly recorded, original song/radio single “Bring Back My Love.” Rounding out the disc are covers of Neil Sedaka’s “Breaking Up is Hard to Do” and Connie Francis’ “Who’s Sorry Now.” "Steadfast" arrives on the heels of Aiken's upcoming appearance as a contestant on the new season of NBC's “The Celebrity Apprentice,” which premieres Feb. 19.
Songs on the recording also include “Unchained Melody,” ”Moon River” and “It’s Impossible," among others. “These musical gems have stood the test of time, and I am incredibly proud and privileged to have had the opportunity to make them my own,” Aiken said in a statement. “I stand by this recording ‘steadfastly,’ which is why I chose the title and how I feel about moving forward in my career in general – being focused and steadfast."
Aiken — who was bested by Ruben Studdard during the second season of "American Idol" — has gone on to sell more than six million albums, co-author a best selling book ("Learning to Sing: Hearing the Music in Your Life") and play numerous sold-out concert tours. He was a focus of the short-lived Off-Broadway musical Idol: The Musical and has appeared on "Ed," "Saturday Night Live" and "Scrubs."