It’s been almost eight months since Melanie Amaro was named winner of the first season of Simon Cowell’s Fox competition series, “The X-Factor.”
Now the 20-year-old singer has released her first single, “Don’t Fail Me Now,” which was produced by Rodney Jerkins (Michael Jackson/Brandy/The Black Eyed Peas) and written by Livvi Franc (Jordin Sparks/Kelly Clarkson).
“I’ve paid my dues, I’ve paid the price, I’ve prayed for you almost every night. I’ve walked the longest road, so don’t fail me now, feet don’t fail me now,” she sings on the track.
The Fort Lauderdale, Flor.-bred singer, who has also lived in Tortola, British Virgin Islands, earned a $5 million recording contract with Cowell’s Syco Music/Epic Records. Her debut CD is slated to bow later this year.
Since she was victorious on “The X-Factor” finale last December, Amaro starred in a Pepsi commercial that aired during the Super Bowl. The vocal powerhouse belted out a version of Aretha Franklin’s “Respect” in the advertisement that also featured Elton John and Flavor Flav. Amaro was also nominated for “Choice Female Reality TV Star” at the Teen Choice Awards.
“The X-Factor” returns for its second season with new judges Britney Spears and Demi Lovato on September 12.
LISTEN: Melanie Amaro’s “Don’t Fail Me Now.”