Andrew De Leon known as a semi-finalist on America's Got Talent during it's 2012 edition, has signed a record label deal with Standby Records. He will releasing his second full-length album 'Dark Tales" next year with a teaser EP available August 21st 2015. Andrew De Leon had independently released his debut album "Black Lights" mixing a combination of genres, classicial, rock, pop, gothic opera, as a solo artist in 2013. This new album will be his first recording with his band that includes lead guitarist/composer Hunter Fisher and guitarist John Paul Grasso.
Andrew told Billboard.com the following statements; "I was OK being just a solo artist for a while, but I quickly realized that I had too much of a vision to limit myself. The sound I was going for was way too big to take on all alone," says De Leon. "The idea of grouping a band happened quickly after, and I'm very happy with that decision. There's more orchestration with the music now, and the band completely gets the musical direction."
De Legon had signed on with Standby Records when the label had approached him a year after releasing his debut album. He soon was convinced after having a phone chat with CEO/owner Neil Sheehan saying "I was really impressed with the direction of the label. He made it very clear that the goal of Standby Records was to allow the artist to be as creative as possible, and I was immediately sold on the idea," says the singer. "I think artistic freedom is very important, so it only made sense to join Standby."
He went on to add that "The songs are very honest and dark, which is why I called them dark tales," he says. "My previous music was mostly about feeling victimized and how to get through those kinds of struggles, but with Dark Tales I wanted to explore the side of me that wasn't a victim. I wanted to get to know the monster inside and embrace it. So the songs on the EP talk about love, hate, betrayal, sexuality and other things I've experienced that I was too scared to write about before. Dark Tales is somewhat of an introduction to a scary story that seems to have no end."
1. Dark Tales
3. What I’ve Become