Last year when my friend producer/ manager, Joel Diamond, who was under consideration to be an “American Idol” judge and I were talking about the problems facing America today. Both of us wished that we could do more to help the country that has given us so many opportunities. The next day I got an e-mail from him, which he has allowed me to reprint.

Dear Artie,

I’m not a politician or even a reality show star; I’m just a guy who loves America and everything it stands for!  We are dealing with more crises at the same time than any other point in our history…but we cannot let it get us down.

While the rest of the world is in turmoil, we can proudly say that we have never turned away from a challenge because it looked too difficult or when it looked impossible.

I truly believe in America and the unifying power of music. It moved me so much that I recorded this brand new version of “UNITED WE STAND” by the Joel Diamond Experience featuring Benny Mardones and Teresa James in preparation for the 10th anniversary of 911, but I realized that America needed to hear it NOW!  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5peYnpW75ro

“UNITED WE STAND, DIVIDED WE FALL AND IF OUR BACKS SHOULD EVER BE AGAINST THE WALL …WE’LL BE TOGETHER…TOGETHER YOU AND I.”

Your friend always,

Joel Diamond  http://joeldiamond.com

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A few months ago my friend producer/ manager, Joel Diamond, who’s under consideration to replace Simon Cowell on “American Idol”, and I were talking about the problems facing America today.Both of us wished that we could do more to help the country that has given us so many opportunities. The next day I got an e-mail from him, which he has allowed me to reprint.

Dear Artie,

I’m not a politician or even a reality show star; I’m just a guy who loves America and everything it stands for!  We are dealing with more crises at the same time than any other point in our history…but we cannot let it get us down.

While the rest of the world is in turmoil, we can proudly say that we have never turned away from a challenge because it looked too difficult or when it looked impossible.

I truly believe in America and the unifying power of music. It moved me so much that I recorded this brand new version of “UNITED WE STAND” by the Joel Diamond Experience featuring Benny Mardones and Teresa James in preparation for the 10th anniversary of 911.  Upon completion of this recording, I realized that America needed to hear it NOW!  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3sil-Hdlipo

“UNITED WE STAND, DIVIDED WE FALL AND IF OUR BACKS SHOULD EVER BE AGAINST THE WALL …WE’LL BE TOGETHER…TOGETHER YOU AND I.”

Happy Birthday America! July 4th, 2010

Your friend always,

Joel Diamond

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This morning my good friend producer/manager Joel Diamond, who is under consideration to replace Simon Cowell, gave me a first hand account of what happened last night at the “AMERICAN IDOL” finale.  Joel says,

“Last night my 17 year old daughter Briana and I had great seats at the Nokia Theater in Hollywood, for the season finale of “AMERICAN IDOL” and it sure did not disappoint! In the closest race of the 9 seasons of the show, with only 2% of the vote separating Crystal Bowersox and Lee DeWyze, Lee deservedly walked away with the crown.

How moving was the tribute to Simon Cowell, who seemed to genuinely enjoy all the roasting, kudos, and accolades from everybody, including former judge Paula Abdul who looked absolutely gorgeous when the curtain rose on her. There were spectacular guest performances by Alice Cooper, Christina Aguilera, Bee Gees, Chicago, Janet Jackson, Joe Cocker, Christina Aguilera, Michael McDonald, and Alanis Morrisette, which included duets with members of the final top ten and certainly what seemed to be almost straight from his hospital bed, the surprise appearance of Brett Michaels, which brought everybody to their feet.

Another highlight of the evening for me was the former winners, runners up, and exceptional past contestants all coming out dressed in white,  which dazzled the crowd with their moving Simon Cowell tribute.

Artie, I’ve been to Academy Awards, Emmy’s, Grammy’s, etc., but I’ve never seen the excitement that I saw last night at the Nokia Theater.  It was total pandemonium both inside and outside the theater.

I would give anything to have a shot at producing just one track with either Crystal or Lee! Having said that, I’m now in the process of recording a new CD with the JOEL DIAMOND EXPERIENCE, which will feature duets by both veteran artists as well as new and underexposed artists.  The first single from the album, UNITED WE STAND (2010) featuring BENNY MARDONES (who wrote and was the artist on “Into The Night” which will also be Usher’s next single) and Teresa James, was just rush released yesterday.

It was also quite interesting bump into and chat with after the show many of the music industry notables, both artists and behind the scenes executives, who already knew about my being considered as the next American Idol Judge.  One of them even said to me, ‘I bet you were already backstage in Simon’s dressing room trying on one of his black T shirts to see if it fits’.”

FOR COMPLETE SEASON OF “IDOL” PERFORMANCES BY LEE AND CRYSTAL

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While I was doing an interview with producer/ manager Joel Diamond, who’s under consideration to replace Simon Cowell on “American Idol, he played me a track he was working on. Although I’ve been known to leap on desks and dance around offices when I got excited about something, I’ve never experienced what happened to me next.

By the time the first chorus played of Joel’s brilliant remake of “UNITED WE STAND 2010” featuring Benny Mardones and Teresa James, tears were running down my cheek and I was a bit embarrassed. I never experienced such an emotional reaction before, publicly or privately and knew once again, I was witness to an extraordinary piece of musical history.

Only twice in my career have I heard a track one time and predicted it would become record of the year, the first was a test pressing of “Jesus Christ Superstar” that my friend MCA publisher (at the time) Don Williams played for me, which he, Allan Rinde and I helped get to the top of the charts.

The second record was among the songs I gave Olivia Newton –John to record, “I Honestly Love You”, which MCA didn’t even want to put out.

When I asked Joel what his plans for “UNITED WE STAND 2010” were, he said he wanted to finish it up and debut it in a year and a half at the 10th anniversary of 9/11 tragedy. I tried to control myself but I slipped and said, “Are you out of your f#@kin’ mind! The record is perfect and should be out right now! We all need to be inspired RIGHT NOW!!

I’m proud to say that he’s taken my suggestion and has rush released “UNITED WE STAND 2010”by the Joel Diamond Experience, featuring Benny Mardones and Teresa James.

Joel has just made a video, directed by Wedigo Watson, that has just been put up on YouTube.

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Last week comedian/ actor/ singer Jaime Foxx may as well have disqualified himself as a possible replacement for Simon Cowell on “American Idol”. As a mentor to the contestants on Tuesday and as a comment maker on the Wednesday results show, he was too strident, overbearing, and “in your face” to be welcomed into my home every week.

In the meantime, the debate goes on as to who is qualified to fill that English booger’s shoes. It’s my guess “Idol” will wait until after the season finale to make the big announcement. Will it be David Foster, Elton John, or Don “Mr. Personality” Kirshner? or will it be a relative unknown to the public, someone who has the credentials but not the TV Q that broadcasters rely on?

Wasn’t Simon Cowell a complete unknown in the US, while Paula Abdul had several hit records, and Randy Jackson was a top producer, as well as bass player for Journey. It only took a few weeks for the show and Simon to catch on. Why can’t it happen again?

A month ago I asked my readers “Who do you think will replace Simon Cowell, Ron Fair (CEO of Geffen Records) or Indie Producer/ manager Joel Diamond? Some of the hundreds of comments, at the bottom of the article,  made by some of the biggest names in the industry make it absolutely clear who the next judge should be! https://artiewayne.wordpress.com/2010/04/27/joel-diamond-the-new-american-idol-judge/

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