The Japanese audience loved Elliott but by the end of the album’s promotion, Elliott was dropped from his U. He did put out a third studio album called “Gather ‘Round” but it was released in Japan.He has since turned his attention to promoting causes close to his heart.American Idol kicks off their 14th season this week! Chris Daughtry, Kelly Pickler, and Jennifer Hudson lead the pack of American Idol contestants who didn’t win the competition but went on to huge success on their own. I., a curly haired, diminutive, blue-eyed soul singer named Elliott Yamin reached the top 3 with Taylor Hicks and Katherine Mc Phee.When the final votes were counted it was almost a dead even race between the three artists, Idol proclaimed it was their closest vote to date, but Elliott was eliminated.His 2nd album “Fight For Love” never caught the imagination of the public like his first post-Idol work.Despite the addition of producers as acclaimed as Jermaine Dupri, the new material was less memorable and more radio friendly. It’s now been five years since Elliott’s last American released CD.Efraym Elliott Yamin (born July 20, 1978) is an American singer known for his hit single "Wait for You" and placing third on the fifth season of American Idol.His self-titled album, released March 20, 2007, debuted at number one on the Billboard Independent Albums chart and at number three on the Billboard 200.
Yamin’s rendition that season of Donny Hathaway’s “A Song For You” was voted as the 16th greatest performance ever on Idol by Entertainment Weekly magazine. Elliott is the rare combination of Iraqi and Jewish parents, born 90% deaf in one ear and a Type I diabetic, early on the cards were stacked against Elliott but he persevered and made his love of a music a reality.
After his exposure on Idol, Yamin released a highly underrated pop debut album. He toured the world even opening for his personal idol, Whitney Houston, on one date.
The album was certified gold in the United States in October 2007.
Retitled Wait for You, the album was released in Japan in May 2008 and certified gold in that country in September 2008.
The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), the Life For A Child Program (provides insulin to children in poor countries), and The Diabetes Hand Foundation are just three of the charities that Elliott Yamin has played a key role in helping over the years.
With a heart as big as Elliott’s, a compassion for others, and that beautiful blue-eyed soul voice, let’s hope Yamin makes a comeback in 2015.