I met Devin Johnson a few years ago when he was still a student at Hardaway High School. He was part of a group called Music's Definition and they were performing during breaks at the Miss Georgia Pageant.
The entire group of young men were polite and well-mannered. They were also very fine singers. Devin stood out.
He auditioned for "American Idol" twice. The first time, he made it to the top 80, all the way to Hollywood. The second time, he didn't make it that far.
But that didn't stop him from trying for his life's dream -- to get a record deal.
This year, thanks to connections he made through "American Idol" and other networking efforts, Devin signed with Universal-Motown Records. He caught the eye and ear of Sylvia Rhone, the head of the record company.
He told me he's been recording in Atlanta, Miami and New York, working with some of the top songwriters the label has.
To celebrate signing his deal, there's going to be a party Saturday at the Columbus Convention & Trade Center. The red carpet opens at 6:30 p.m. and the party starts at 7:30 p.m.
It'll cost you $10 to party with Devin and his crew.
I'll be there. Will you?