When you hear him, you know immediately that few guys in any musical genre sing with this kind of authenticity. Watching Yamin grow from nobody to somebody, while carrying his diabetes proudly, has inspired diabetics everywhere.
I was urinating every hour, I was always thirsty, my breath was really stinky, all of my joints would constantly ache, my mouth was dry.I just didn’t know what was going on with me.”Yamin told his mother of his symptoms on a Sunday night.“She has type 2 diabetes and she recognized the symptoms,” he explains. She tested me at 860 mg/dl and she became frantic and called the physician.”The family lived in a convenient location right behind the hospital, he said.One time this was not the case.“Just a few months ago we were in Vancouver and I was doing a show there and I stepped on stage, opened up with the first song and I felt my blood glucose dipping down pretty low,” Yamin explains of the incident.“I asked somebody to go grab me a couple of Pepsis and I finished the first song.His singing talent was recognized when viewers voted him to (almost) the top spot on the television show American Idol.
Though he came in third, he has since gone on to eclipse the first- and second-place winners, and is being touted as perhaps one of the greatest of a new generation of male singers.
While working as a pharmacy clerk, he left his job to audition for American Idol on the advice of his friends, but he had little idea of where he was really heading.
Diagnosed With Diabetes Yamin was not a stranger to facing great challenges.
Though he only came in third, the show earned Yamin the recognition he deserved.
Soon came a recording contract with Hickory Records and talk show appearances that included the Tonight Show, Live with Regis and Kelly, and the Fox News Channel.
It has been rags to riches for singer Elliott Yamin.