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The X Factor

Producer: Melanie Amaro The “Next Mariah Carey”

Kuk Harrell has made a career out of producing hits for superstars. The man behind Justin Bieber, Rihanna, Mariah Carey, and the late Whitney Houston is currently working with The X Factor Season 1 winner Melanie Amaro, who Kuk calls "a massive talent." Melanie, who got a $5 million recording contract with Epic Records as part of her winnings, is currently in the studio working on her debut album.

Kuk tells Hollywood Life Melanie's already finished two songs for the record, which Melanie has previously insisted will include more than just ballads. ”We have cut two songs so far," Kuk spills. "Melanie’s team is really smart. They are just picking great records for her."

Kuk has nothing but praise for the 19-year-old singer, gushing, "She’s a great spirit and a great singer. She’s just a joy to be around. Melanie has what it takes to be the next Mariah Carey or Whitney Houston. She's a massive talent."

Source: Hollywood Life

03.20.2012 / 04:48 AM EDT by Whitney Ricketts
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