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October 7, 2013

With 'Idol' over, Angie Miller is poised for next step

BEVERLY — In some ways, she’s still ‘our’ Angie.

Angie Miller has been home in Beverly since Sept. 14. You might spot her around town at Starbucks, or at the high school visiting with friends and teachers, or even singing the national anthem at the Momball softball tournament across the street from her house at Harry Ball Field.

But while the hometown girl who rose to fame on “American Idol” knows she can always return home and be a self-described “couch potato” for a few weeks, she’s about to embark on the next step in what she and her fans hope will be a successful music career.

Miller, who will perform at Topsfield Fair tomorrow night, plans to move to Los Angeles in January to continue writing songs and, hopefully, sign a recording contract.

“I don’t know when it will happen,” she said of a possible record deal. “I hope it will be soon.”

Until recently, Miller’s fame has all been associated with “American Idol,” the show where she first displayed her singing and songwriting talents just months after graduating from Beverly High School.

When the show ended, Miller and the other top Idol performers went on a two-month concert tour across the country. The tour ended Aug. 31, and Miller said her upcoming performance at Topsfield Fair is “the real start of my career.”

“I can’t wait,” she said. “‘Idol’ is over. This is where it starts. It feels like it’s the first show that’s 100 percent mine.”

Miller, 19, said she is moving to Los Angeles to be closer to the kind of professional songwriters she has been working with since signing a contract with Universal Music Publishing Group.

Miller has written songs in Los Angeles and in Nashville with Red Decibel, three songwriters who have written for Kelly Clarkson, Demi Lovato, Hannah Montana/Miley Cyrus and The Jonas Brothers, among others.

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