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It was announced today that American Idol alum, Kristy Lee Cook has signed with Arista Nashville to begin recording an album this summer. Cook, who begins the American IdolsLive! Tour today will certainly have lot on her plate this summer.

It was announced today that American Idol alum, Kristy Lee Cook has signed with Arista Nashville to begin recording an album this summer. Cook, who begins the American IdolsLive! Tour today will certainly have lot on her plate this summer.

Cook, a member of the coveted Top Ten American IdolFinalists, embarks on a 49-city tour this summer with her fellow finalists, which will be kicked off tonight in Glendale, Arizona. One of the other female finalists, Brooke White, told the Los Angeles Times, “We are actually going out as individual performers and doing our own set, our own music.” For Cook, Kristy Lee, that is (there is also a David Cook, the winner this past season, on tour with her), the opportunity to do her own thing on stage will be welcome practice for the recording she prepares to begin this summer on her first solo album.

However, the 24-year-old Oregon native is not new to the country music scene. According to an interview withBillboard earlier this year, she has been on stage with the best of them since she was 14, opening for such artists as Glen Campbell, Creedence Clearwater Revisited and The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. At 17, she signed with Arista Nashville but was dropped from the label before any of her music could be released. So she auditioned forAmerican Idol and she ended up back in the arms of her former label, home to other American Idol success stories like Carrie Underwood and Kellie Pickler.

Cook is scheduled to begin recording her album with help from Nashville-based singer/songwriter/producer, Brett James in the midst of her whirlwind tour this summer and is expected to release the album sometime this fall. Her first single off the album, “15 Minutes of Shame” will be released to country music radio stations in August.

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