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Former "American Idol" Contestant Releases CD

"It's mainly two songs that are dedicated to the men and women in the armed service, the troops, and just to let them know to be strong and that people are thinking about them," Lana Phillips said.

"Safe and Sound" is the first single on her debut CD, titled Love, Lana. And that's the message she sent to the troops at Fort Hood during her time on the road this past week.

"Just seeing their faces and that they were happy that I was there, it made me feel good that I could help them in some way," Lana said.

"Safe and Sound" was written by JAM Records producer Bob Johnston, who happened to call while we were chatting with Lana. Johnston has worked with the likes of Elvis Presley and Bob Dylan, but heard something special in the 18-year-old American Idol hopeful.

Lana's tour also took her to Austin's South by Southwest Wednesday night, where she performed at a club on 6th Street, backed by a full band.

"It was just pure fun," the soft-spoken girl with a big voice said. "Like I didn't worry. I wasn't nervous at all."

Not even singing with musicians who have played for artists like Mariah Carey and Patti LaBelle. Even with all the spotlight on Lana, she still seems like the same young lady we talked to before her American Idol debut.

"It hasn't changed me as a person... yet," she said with a giggle.

Lana graduated from Kilgore High School last year and enrolled at Kilgore College. But she had to put college on hold to focus on her singing career.

Lana's CD, which is a tribute to the troops, is currently only available at stores on army bases.

Julie Tam, reporting.

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