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Rex Goudie

A year after his debut album went platinum, Canadian Idol alum Rex Goudie is hoping to follow up that success with his sophomore album Look Closer, released this week.

"I’m excited for it, I’m really proud of this album," the 2005 Idol runner-up from Burlington, Nfld., said. "It’s a lot more of what I want to be as an artist, it’s got a little bit more of a heavier feel, a little bit of a classical feel for it, to me."

Fresh off touring in support of his debut album, Under The Lights, a 2005 tour co-headlined with 2005 Canadian Idol winner and girlfriend Melissa O’Neil, another tour across the Maritimes and 2005 Juno nominations for artist and album of the year, Goudie says he’s grateful for the success he’s had and credits Canadian Idol for being a stepping stone in helping him launch his career.

"People say different things but to be honest with you I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for the chance I got on Idol," Goudie said. "Now I gotta show people I’m just as good as any other artist."

Look Closer, produced by Jeff Dalziel, who has worked with Edwin, and mixed by Denis Tougas, who has worked with Nelly Furtado and Sum 41, the album also features Goudie’s new debut single, You Got to Me, written by Raine Maida and Chantal Kreviazuk.

Goudie plays the guitar on the album and said his greatest thrill is performing live. "Any musician will tell you the best feeling in the world is being on stage and performing in front of people because that’s where your music speaks, that’s where you get an instant reaction from the fans," he says.

As for what he hopes for his new album, Goudie said he’s going along for the ride. "I’m going to enjoy it (the album) regardless, even if it sells one record or 50,000. That’s the main thing (is) to enjoy yourself."

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