Ruben Studdard Premieres ‘Together’ Video, Talks Love Album

American Idol winner Ruben Studdard is ready for the limelight again with the music video for his single “Together” via Hickory Records. “Together,” will be released on Studdard’s May 19th CD, Love Is, his first album since being dropped from J records in late 2007. Studdard tells Billboard.com of the new Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis produced disc that he “just wanted to do the music the fans always ask me for. Ever since I won ‘American Idol,’ people have always been saying they love the way I sing ballads and would love to have me do an album of love songs. I’ve been in the music business awhile now. I’ve had an opportunity to see exactly what the fans want from me and expect, and I think this is exactly the kind of album they’ve been waiting on.” Studdard also feels signing with Hickory Records, like J records, distributed by Sony, puts him in a better position to connect to his fans. “I think J Records didn’t do a good job with connecting me to my ‘American Idol’ fan base,” says Studdard, whose last outing, 2006’s “The Return,” was a commercial disappointment that’s sold less then 240,000 copies. “I wanted to make sure we had an opportunity to make the music they want to hear, and we got that.” Studdard co-wrote several of the tracks, including “A Song For Her” for his wife, Surata, who he married in January of 2008, and “Footprints in the Sand,” which was inspired by the Barack Obama presidential campaign. “Love IS” also features covers of Michael Jackson’s “I Can’t Help You,” Al Green’s “For the Good Times,” the Beatles’ “The Long and Winding Road,” Extreme’s “More Than Words” and Johnnie Taylor’s “Just Because.” “Love Is,” hits stores and digital retailers May 19. Watch The video premiere for “Together” right here on Singersroom

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