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Elliott Yamin

Efraym Elliott Yamin (born July 20, 1978) is an American singer known for his hit single "Wait for You" and placing third on the fifth season of American Idol.

His self-titled album, released March 20, 2007, debuted at number one on the Billboard Independent Albums chart and at number three on the Billboard 200. The album was certified gold in the United States in October 2007. Retitled Wait for You, the album was released in Japan in May 2008 and certified gold in that country in September 2008.

Yamin also released two Christmas collections: Sounds of the Season: The Elliott Yamin Holiday Collection in October 2007 and My Kind of Holiday in October 2008.

Yamin's second album, titled Fight for Love, was released on May 5, 2009. The album's first single, "Fight for Love", premiered on AOL Music on February 13, 2009.

His third album, Gather 'Round was released in Japan in 2011. It was retitled in the United States as Let's Get to What's Real and released in 2012. The first single in Japan and the United States was "3 Words."


His favorite American Idol judge is Simon Cowell because he doesn't sugarcoat anything.
Cut the ribbon for a diabetes walk during JDRF International Walk to Cure Diabetes on October 22, 2006.
May 12 was dedicated as Virginia's "Elliott Yamin Day" by Richmond's Governor Tim Kaine.
Scored the highest rated performance in season 5 on AmericanIdol.com.
Sang 'A House Is Not a Home' in the Burt Bacharach medley and U2's 'One' with Mary J. Blige in the final round of American Idol.
His grandmother passed away the night he made it through to Top 12 in American Idol
Was born at 12:15 a.m., one day after his father got his green card to legally stay in the States.
Named the national spokesperson for the American Diabetes Association (ADA) in May 2007.
Wished to be taller so that he can dunk a basketball.
His favorite musicians are Alicia Keys, Donny Hathaway and Usher.
Likes to watch The Amazing Race apart from American Idol.
Would like to have the ability to fly.
Admires Stevie Wonder and would like to duet with him.
Likes to play basketball and is an avid fan of Charlotte Bobcats.
His favorite film is "Coming to America" that coincidentally features choreography by Paula Abdul.
Defined American Idol as someone who can inspire others to accomplish anything they set their mind to do.
His producer cousin Josh Abraham, said he would love to produce Elliott's album.
His fans are known as Yaminions, the E-Train, FOEs (Friends of Elliott), Yamin Fiends and the Yamin Machine.
Met U.S. President George W. Bush at the White House on July 28, 2006.
Met Richmond's Governor Tim Kaine who gave him a t-shirt bearing the quote, "Virginia is for Elliott Lovers."
Threw the first pitch for a Richmond Braves game on May 12, 2006.
Went through a $20,000 worth of dental makeover in Beverly Hills that took 20 hours.
Graced the cover of Richmond Magazine in July 2006 which sold 144,000 copies in 4 days while usually the magazine only sells 31,000 units in a month.
His tour in hometown Richmond, Virginia on July 29, 2006 sold 9,000 tickets under 15 minutes.
Was placed #5 on Best Idol of All Time through AOL poll on May 30, 2006.
Mentioned that he was 90% deaf in right ear during American Idol's third round of semi-finals.
His audition number in American Idol was 19991.
Provided the background sound for Big Planz's gospel rap CD Sound Doctrine in 2004.
Had an ex girlfriend named Amanda whom he met at a TGI Fridays during a karaoke night.
Sang Brian McKnight's "One Last Cry" in Richmond's karaoke contest and won $1000.
Graduated from Tuckahoe Middle School and attended Douglas S. Freeman High School briefly.
Has never had any formal training in singing.
Bought Whitney Houston's self-titled debut with his first own money.
Used to like snacking on Little Debbie's Strawberry Shortcake Rolls before getting diabetes.
Used to turn off the lights when singing in front of friends.
Attempted to be a vegetarian when he was 8.
Used to carry boombox around that played Itzhak Perlman when he was 5 years old.
His mother Claudette sang at hotels, clubs and steakhouses with musician Ray McKinley.

 

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