Allison Iraheta is an American pop/rock singer from Los Angeles, CA who is best known for finishing in 4th place on the 8th season of American Idol in 2009. She competed in the same season as Adam Lambert and winner Kris Allen. Post-Idol, Iraheta released one solo album Just Like You (2009) and opened for Lambert on his 2010 GlamNation Tour. Iraheta currently fronts “critically acclaimed bilingual alternative rock band” Halo Circus. She is of Salvadoran descent.

Selected discography (solo):

“I Can’t Make You Love Me”. Bonnie Raitt cover from Idol Top 8 week.

“I Don’t Want To Miss a Thing”. Aerosmith cover from Idol Top 7 week.

“Slow Ride”. Foghat cover from Idol Top 4 week. Duet with Adam Lambert.

Just Like You (2009). 13 tracks. Choice cuts: “Holiday”, “Scars”, “Don’t Waste the Pretty” (feat. Orianthi). Other good cuts: “Pieces”, “Still Breathing”, “You Don’t Know Me”, “Just Like You”, “No One Else”, “Trouble Is”, “D is for Dangerous”. The rest: “Beat Me Up”, “Friday I’ll Be Over You”, “Robot Love”. Good bonus track: “Don’t Wanna Be Wrong”, “One More Reason”.

Notes: “Holiday” is a cover of the song co-written and originally recorded by Dilana“No One Else” was co-written by P!nk“Don’t Wanna Be Wrong” was co-written by Idol alum Chris Daughtry.

Selected videos (solo):

Watch the official video for Halo Circus‘ cover of Duran Duran‘s “Do You Believe In Shame?” (here).

My thoughts… Allison Iraheta was one of my favorite female contestants on American Idol. She was only 16 but you’d never guess that just from listening to her impassioned raspy voice. She sounds a lot like South African rocker Dilana who was one of my favorite female contestants from the reality TV series Rock Star: Supernova, so it’s not surprising that Iraheta covered Dilana‘s song “Holiday” on her post-Idol debut album. In fact, Just Like You makes a perfect playlist with Dilana‘s awesome post-Rock Star album Inside Out – released the same year as Iraheta‘s debut! Iraheta‘s album veers more toward pop while Dilana‘s album veers more toward rock but they often meet right between both!

Note: Don’t be so quick to judge Allison Iraheta‘s solo work based on “Friday I’ll Be Over You” – listen to the rest of Just Like You first!

Read my original post on RCR (here).