Just coming off the American Idol Live Tour, Colton Dixon, American Idol top 10 finalist, has just released “You Are” the debut single from his forthcoming album. Colton Dixon will also be performing as a special guest on Third Day’s “MIRACLE TOUR” STARTING FEBURARY 21, 2013
Colton, graciously took the time to answer questions about the upcoming release, his inspiration and message behind the music.
Would say that having a diverse sound is one of your strengths as a performer?
I would say so. On American Idol, I would take a song and make it my own. That could range from a piano vocal performance of Billy Joel’s “Piano Man” to a metal version of Lady GaGa’s “Bad Romance.” I don’t want to appeal to just one crowd. I would love if everyone can find their favorite genre, or what they lean towards stylistically, on this record, and I think that’s possible.
How would you sum up the theme or overall message of your upcoming debut album?
There’s definitely faith based elements, but overall I want to be an encouragement, even if you’re not a believer, we all go through tough times, and I would love my music to be something that can pull you out of that. Whether it makes you feel something positive or you connect with it on a deeper faith-based level, I want to be a light in the darkness we can sometimes fall into.
Several songs are definitely rock songs, and then there are those tender moments, it’s going to be a very diverse record that should fit all ages. I’m excited to hear what people think.
Can you talk about what your single “You Are” means to you? Where did your inspiration for this song come from?
I started writing the song about a year ago, and I was in total worship mode. The chords came in a matter of minutes. It’s easy to sing along to which I think is a good thing in a worship song. I think there’s something powerful in knowing God is what we can’t be and he’s everything we’re not. It encourages me, because whenever I fall I know God will be there to pick me up and I think that is something people need to hear. God is what I want to sing about, he is the air that surrounds me and the hope I need.
How does your faith-based background enrich your sound?
I grew up in a Christian home listening to Christian music and am blessed to have awesome parents. Hearing these songs and growing fonder of Christian music over the years definitely helped mold who I am as an artist.
Do you feel there are any misconceptions about Christian Music? If so what are some you have encountered?
Unfortunately, what I’ve seen is people see Christian and Gospel labels then immediately discredit it, and that’s disheartening. A good song is a good song, and whether mine are or aren’t, I would challenge non-believers to give it a listen, and if you don’t like it, I respect that, but don’t discredit it just because its something you may not believe in. There’s songs all over the radio about stuff we don’t believe in but because its a good song we don’t think about what they’re singing about and just get into the music. It’s unfortunate it’s not like that with Christian music.
What is the most difficult aspect of the recording process?
There are a lot of quick deadlines. I’m finishing up the record in the next couple weeks and we still have quite a bit more to do. It’s about capitalizing on momentum, but at the same time giving yourself enough time to be creative and put out the best project you can in a timely manner.
What did your experience on American Idol teach you about yourself as a musician?
I found out I was more creative than I thought I was going into American Idol. You have maybe a day or two to make a song your own, and that is hard. With “Piano Man,” I knew the original by Billy Joel, so I sat at a piano, and created my own little part people seemed to like. There are so many talented singers on that show; it’s hard to compete, so you have to find your niche.
Three musicians/bands who have influenced your sound?
I would say the top three artists, as far as sound goes, would be 30 Seconds to Mars, Coldplay and Switchfoot.
Whose music would you like to cover?
I am loving Katy Perry’s “Wide Awake” there’s something so powerful in those lyrics. It’s a cool song and got a great hook. I think a stripped down, vocal version of that song would be rad.
What does being brave mean to you?
Stepping outside your comfort zone, whatever that is, and challenging yourself to overcome something you are hesitant about. I think that takes courage and I would call that brave.
A lot of times artists are asked what’s next, instead, what are you savoring most right now?
There’s so many things I am happy to be part of; the chance to be able to make my own records and finishing that up. But, at this moment, I’m at my house and have had a week off with my family and its been amazing to be here and catch up on life with friends and family.
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