An Epic deal for a talent show star. Melanie Amaro, who won the $5 million grand prize on last month’s nail-biting X Factor finale, signed a recording contract with Epic Records this week.
The new deal — announced on Tuesday — places the 19-year-old Florida beauty under the leadership of Epic Records Chairman/CEO and X Factor judge Antonio “L.A.” Reid.
Reid says is “pleased” to bring Amaro into the fold. The music mogul said Tuesday:
“I joined The X Factor to be able to discover undeniable talent such as Melanie. I am pleased that she is now signed to Epic Records because I believe we have only scratched the surface on uncovering her talent and her inevitable journey to superstardom.”
Amaro best remembered for her dominating performance of Beyonce’s 2006 hit “Listen,” credits music with helping her overcome a tough childhood.
“I am so excited to start recording my debut album for Epic under the guidance of L.A. Reid and Simon Cowell. This is a dream come true for me.”
Cowell, X Factor boss and Amaro’s mentor on the show, chimed in with:
“We all agreed that Epic would be the right fit for Melanie. L.A. made it clear that he wanted the opportunity to work with her and with his track record, you can’t say no to that.”
Amaro defeated runners-up Josh Krajcik and Chris Renee for the X Factor.
She currently resides back home in Sunrise, Florida with her family.