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Originally published on August 03 2004 12:00 AM ET

Entertainment News

Jim Verraros signs with Koch Records

Openly gay American Idol finalist Jim Verraros has signed with independent record label Koch Records, the company announced Friday. His debut solo album is set for a March release, with the first single coming out later this year. Singer-songwriter Gabe Lopez, who is producing the album and cowriting songs with Verraros, said in a statement, "Jim has grown so much this past year. He really took a beating on the show, but he has bounced back after working hard on developing his vocal technique and his writing skills. I'm really proud of the risk-taking artist he has become, and I think his blend of pop, dance, and R&B music will help him to stand out among Idol finalists."