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‘American Idol’ Fan Favorite Graham DeFranco Drops Debut Single

Samantha Agate

Samantha Agate

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After saving the day at the Season 19 American Idol finale, we had high hopes for Graham DeFranco’s original music. The Texas native did not disappoint with his debut single, “You and Me.” The song was released at midnight and is currently available on all streaming platforms.


Graham DeFranco Drops Raspy New Single After ‘American Idol’

“You and Me” starts off with the simple strum of a guitar. Graham really uses the softer side of his voice at the beginning of the song. It’s got kind of a romantic feel and is also very true to who he is as an artist. Naturally, we have to make the comparison to John Mayer who is known for that same raspy sound. We need a Graham and Mayer collab as soon as possible.

The middle of the song launches into a vocal range that is completely unexpected. There is a pounding of drums before we hear Graham doing something totally new with his voice. He sings in this super high, almost angelic tone. After channeling his inner Ariana Grande, he goes back to singing the catchy chorus.

To show their support for “You and Me,” Graham got Instagram shoutouts from his fellow American Idol competitors Cassandra Coleman, Hunter Metts, and Wyatt Pike. Graham replaced Arthur Gunn at the American Idol finale in a duet medley with Sheryl Crow. Since then, he has moved to Nashville to focus on creating music. He has played a couple of local shows with friends that he made from American Idol.


Graham celebrated the song release by posting an Instagram Story dancing with his dog. When he’s not sharing his love for Bud Light and writing hilarious Instagram captions, Graham is working on original music.

“Hopefully by the end of the year, I’ll have enough original stuff to begin working on an album,” he said this summer. “I’m trying not to overwhelm myself with trying to do too much, but I know I have a small window of opportunity so I need to capitalize on it. I’m excited to be out there and be able to create around a bunch of other artistic people.”

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About the Author

Samantha Agate

Samantha Agate is the Talent Guru here at Talent Recap. Her work has been featured at The Blast. Samantha graduated from Hunter College in 2019 with a degree in Media Studies and a Concentration in Journalism. When she isn't binge-watching reality television shows or binge-eating fried food, she loves hanging out with her friends and family and petting puppies.

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