James Durbin is a rock-and-roll singer and guitarist from Santa Cruz, California. He got his big break when he competed on the tenth season of ''Series/AmericanIdol'', ultimately finishing in fourth place. Shortly after that, he recorded and released his first album, ''Memories of a Beautiful Disaster'', which has enjoyed a fairly significant amount of success. In April of 2014, he released his second album, ''Celebrate''.


''Memories of a Beautiful Disaster'' (2011)

''Celebrate'' (2014)

''Riot on Sunset'' (2016)

!! James Durbin provides examples of the following tropes:

* [[CallingTheOldManOut Calling The Old Man and the Old Lady Out]]: In "Screaming", Durbin says his parents are "liars" for saying that his life would get better.
* ChildhoodFriendRomance: "May", but it doesn't end well. See DeathByChildbirth below.
* CoverVersion: "Everything Burns" is a cover of a song by Anastacia and Ben Moody.
* DeathByChildbirth: Happens to the title character in "May."
* GriefSong: "May" tells the story of a ChildhoodFriendRomance that ends with the girl dying while giving birth to a baby girl.
* LighterAndSofter: ''Celebrate'' is much poppier than ''Memories of a Beautiful Disaster''.
* NewSoundAlbum: ''Celebrate'' is LighterAndSofter than ''Memories of a Beautiful Disaster'', with more of a focus on pop elements than the hard rock of the latter. ''Riot and Sunset'' is sort of fusion between the two, returning to the rock-and-roll sensibilities of ''Memories'', but keeping the lighter tone of ''Celebrate'' (for the most part).
* RockstarSong: "Stand Up" is a song about how awesome it feels to perform on stage.
* ShapedLikeItself: Apparently, the title character in "May" was "just like she was." {{Subverted}} later on, when it turns out he's saying that their daughter is just like her mother.
* SurprisinglyGentleSong: "May" is a ''huge'' departure from everything else on the hard-rock oriented ''Memories of a Beautiful Disaster''.
* ShoutOut:
** "Fool For Love" has the line "Would she like me better if I was Music/BrunoMars?"
** "City of Nightmares" has the line "[[Literature/FearAndLoathingInLasVegas Buy the ticket, take the ride.]]"