Jim Verraros (born James Conrad Verraros on February 8, 1983) is an American singer/entertainer and native of Crystal Lake, Illinois who is most notable for being one of the top 10 finalists in the first season of American Idol. Because he was raised by deaf parents, he is fluent in American Sign Language. Verraros is of Greek descent on his father’s side and German, Irish, French and English descent from his mother’s side.
Verraros released an indie CD Unsaid and Understood (2003) through the original MP3.com. It won the 2004 Outmusic Award for Outstanding New Recording – Debut Male.
Verraros’ mainstream debut album Rollercoaster (2005) has garnered several dance floor hits, including the Top 25 Billboard Hot Club/Dance Chart hit “You Turn It On.” “I Want You” and “You’re Getting Crazy” have both charted in the Top 30 on the Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart. The album was produced and co-written by Los Angeles-based singer/songwriter Gabe Lopez and features four songs co-written by American Idol finalist Angela Peel. The album had a limited release deal through Koch Records. His new album, “Do Not Disturb”, will be released in 2009.
As an actor, Verarros is a star of the 2004 gay-themed comedy Eating Out directed by Q. Allan Brocka and produced by Ariztical Entertainment, as well as its 2006 sequel, Eating Out 2: Sloppy Seconds. Verraros was considered for a role on the Here! series Dante’s Cove. Verraros has appeared four times on The Feast of Fools podcast – once in November and December 2006 and twice in January 2007.
Verraros has two MySpace pages housing unreleased songs as well as some tracks from his debut album, Rollercoaster.
He is an avid fan of the Chicago Cubs, Chicago Bears, Chicago Blackhawks, and Chicago Bulls.
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