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Singer Brendan James: American Idol is "Not For Me"

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Singer-songwriter Brendan James, who released his self-titled album earlier this month, says he could never be a contestant on American Idol.

“It’s just not in my blood to [have] that much enthusiasm to sing without an instrument and sing someone else’s songs,” James told Niteside before his concert last night at the Highland Ballroom in Chelsea.

The Los Angeles-based crooner has had his music featured on popular television shows including “Private Practice,” “Bones,” and, most recently, “One Tree Hill.”

“I was so glad they picked that song ("Your Beating Heart," for “One Tree Hill”),” said James. “That ballad is a really broken down song on the album."

While James has performed with some top-shelf artists, including Carol King, The Frey and a Cat Stevens-endorsed children’s choir, there is someone he still hopes to collaborate with one day.

“I would like to sing with Sara Bareilles,” said James, of the 30-year-old singer-songwriter and pianist. “I think it would be a cool duet. I just like her sensibility and she puts a lot of thought into her lyrics, like I do.”

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