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Billboard Awards Preview: Ace Young

As you all know, we're at the 2006 Billboard Music Awards which air tonight on FOX and we're having a blast meeting lots of Fox TV talent and American Idol stars. We especially enjoyed getting some one-on-one time with Ace Young who was even cuter (and taller!) in person than he looks on TV and who has a ton going on right now.

He just came off the 60-show Idol tour and self-released his first single, "Scattered," which you can buy on iTunes. According to Ace, the song is "about a girl" but also tells the story of his unconventional rise to fame:

“It’s part of me. It’s a metaphor about my life in the music industry. I toured with Brian McKnight and New Edition, but I couldn't get a deal I was really really happy with. So I said, if I can’t get it through the office, I’m gonna get it through the people, and so I tried out for Idol."

Ace was really interesting and well spoken. He also has a new album in the works and a cool charity he's started. He had so much to say so if you want more Ace (you know you do), just

Right now Ace is working on the songs for his debut album with legendary songwriter Desmond Child, but he says he also likes to throw in a few covers "for the guys" since Idol didn't really show that side of him. "They didn't show that I was gonna play college football as a wide receiver or be a musician." Also, he's coming to play an acoustic set in SF in just a few days, so that means we'll get a double dose of Ace in one week!

What we really love about Ace though, is the very cool charitable foundation he started called High Rollers With Heart. For years Ace has worked with the Children's Hospital in Denver, so the charity is raising money to build a facility where families can stay when kids are undergoing treatment at the hospital. The goal is to raise $100,000 by year's end, and so far Ace says already they've raised $61 grand.

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Ketchamillion Ketchamillion 10 years
I dig Ace Young. He's a real sweetheart. He took time to greet and meet everybody at the concerts not just his fans. The boy's got some serious vocal skills which you probably wouldn't know from American Idol but his older original stuff and collaborations with other artisits is hot, r&b/soulful type music. But yeah, his single "Scattered" is on his Myspace. just add his name after the backslash:
stone_soup stone_soup 10 years
I totally loved him when he was on AMI. Would love to hear his first single. ____________________________________ Don't tick me off. Or you'll get it.
Linny117 Linny117 10 years
Ace is really a very cool person. I've met him - he is possibly the kindest person I have ever known and it's for real. There's nothing fake about him. What you see is what you get. Actually, when you meet him, you walk away thinking, "WOW! He's amazing." The fact that he does so much charity work shows who he really is. He is nothing like the person Idol tried to make him look like.
BeachBarbie BeachBarbie 10 years
Layla, I'm laugh sooo hard...I'm soo mean! :ROTFL: BlondeSugar, Bye :WAVE:
LaylaCams LaylaCams 10 years
:wave: Bye!
BlondeSugar BlondeSugar 10 years
OK girls, I'm off to the gym. See ya tomorrow! ;) :wave:
BlondeSugar BlondeSugar 10 years
:rotfl: Layla!!
LaylaCams LaylaCams 10 years
And it's not even that he's girly, she was just manly. :rotfl:
BeachBarbie BeachBarbie 10 years
Layla, How unfortunate is that!?
BlondeSugar BlondeSugar 10 years
LMAO Layla!
LaylaCams LaylaCams 10 years
I went to school with a girl that looked just like him. That's right, I said GIRL.
megan11ace megan11ace 10 years
Ace Young is a class act and takes his responsibilities of role model very seriously. He is beautiful on the inside AND outside and is very wise beyond his years. Besides being a very talented songwriter AND singer, he has a heart of gold and will go very far in his career. He loves and appreciates his fans . . . in my opinion is a true American Idol.
BrookeJ BrookeJ 10 years
Agree that he is the real deal! Great songwriter, and great singer. Have you heard his single Scattered? Did you know he co-wrote Daughtry's new hit? Fantastic musician. Now we found out he does charity work too? Wow. Whole package. Don't drink the 19E Kool-Aid... give him a listen...
absabella1027 absabella1027 10 years
Ace Young is the real deal! Love his music.. Major talent and super guy! His falsetto kicks buttock.. And i love the long curly hair.. Yowsa!
absabella1027 absabella1027 10 years
Ace Young is the real deal! This guy has major talent, His song "Scattered" is doing extremely well on the charts.. You should take a listen to HIS music, very different then what you heard on AI.. And I love the long hair, very sexy..
3Sweeties 3Sweeties 10 years
He seems like a nice guy, but he gets on my nerves. Maybe it is because he takes himself sooooo seriously- he reeeeeeallllly means his songs. I really wanted to like him too, because we are both Coloradoans.
SaRaH-22 SaRaH-22 10 years
not an Ace fan...but he does look better when he has a beanie on!
jleegirl jleegirl 10 years
Cheesy nachos... LMAO! The holidays are coming! Help me find a new hairstyle! :)
LaurenG22 LaurenG22 10 years
thanks jen and jbee, when I look at him I am like, mmmm nachos with EXTRA cheese!
bonbonfay bonbonfay 10 years
I don't dig the longer hair, but awwww, he seems so sweet. He actually seems like a decent guy with good character. Hope he succeeds! ~Bonnie~
BlondeSugar BlondeSugar 10 years
Hey, where did the "next" arrows go?! Why do they keep disappearing?
BlondeSugar BlondeSugar 10 years
Not my type of music or guy.
My-Opinion My-Opinion 10 years
yuck, never got into this dude...
jleegirl jleegirl 10 years
ITA with Lauren - cheesy is the word that comes to mind. He has potential though... but first he needs to cut his hair. The holidays are coming! Help me find a new hairstyle! :)
jennifer76 jennifer76 10 years
:oy: He is SO cheesy but he seems like a nice guy so I hope he's succesfull. I peg him as a soap opera actor, though.
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