Title: Colton Dixon excited to visit the country anew for concert with Jessica Sanchez
Written by Jamie Ortega
No plans for Valentines? Fall in love all over again as our country’s pride, American Idol Season 11 runner-up Jessica Sanchez, serenades her kababayans with some of the most romantic love songs ever written at her first solo concert on February 14 2013 at the Big Dome. Joining Jessica for that special night is her fellow Season 11 finalist Christian rocker and fan favorite Colton Dixon.
“Beyond shocking,” were the words that escaped from Steven Tyler’s mouth when Colton Dixon was eliminated from the 11th season of the hit reality show American Idol. But instead of letting it bring him down, as the remaining contestants battled it out for the Season 11 finals, the 21 year old singer/songwriter dived right into his music, collaborating on 13 new songs in 13 days, the start of a songwriting process that ultimately netted him 22 potential tracks for his debut album.
With his good looks and impressive vocal chops, it came as no surprise when 19/EMI-CMG/Sparrow Records got wind of his talent and signed him under their label. The changes that the premiere record label took subsequently paid off when You Are, Dixon’s debut single from his debut album A Messenger, hit number one on Billboard’s Christian Digital Songs and Christian/Gospel Digital Songs charts. The instant success of this track instantaneously catapulted Colton to the big leagues, making him and Jennifer Hudson the only 7TH place finalists in Idol history to reach #1 on a Billboard chart.
In line with this, Manila Concert Scene got to chat with the charismatic rocker through an exclusive phone interview organized by MCA Music. Read on as Colton talks about his songwriting process for The Messenger, his favorite memories of the Philippines, his fascination with Batman, and his friendship with Jessica.
Tell me about your songwriting process for A Messenger, do you work on the lyrics first, the melody, how does it go?
It depends, I think I come up with the music first, it’s really easier for me than lyrics, but it was just a few months ago in California when I wrote a song on paper first. Sometimes I get the song title or idea first, sometimes I just play on the piano and then I put lyrics to it, I haven’t quite figured out the formula yet.
You said that your album is something fresh for Christian music different style that hasn’t been heard in Christian music, can you elaborate on that?
Yeah! There are a lot of bands who make beautiful music like Switchfoot, but I think my record is really edgy especially for Christian music, and it’s a lot edgy than what people are used to listening to, there are issues that I deal with like suicide, I deal with heavy topics but at the same time it is also a very positive and uplifting album. I just want to encourage those who are going through hard times, and I hope that people love the record.
You will be coming here on the 14th for a show with Jessica Sanchez how do you describe her as a musician, are you guys friends?
Jessica and I are very close friends, we haven’t had a lot of time to talk recently because we are so busy recording, but she is a sweetheart. I am so honored and thankful to go back to Philippines.
What are some of your favorite memories of the Philippines?
When we had a mall appearance, it was so much fun and they were so crazy and chaotic and the fans were so excited, everyone is really in love with music in the Philippines, so it was really cool to see that. I am looking forward to try a lot of things there, the beautiful food, a lot of things from your culture, I want to be a big part of that.
Girls go crazy over you, with your heartthrob status have you ever considered acting or hosting?
It depends on the role but I definitely would give acting a go, I did theater in high school and I had a lot of fun with that.
Everyone knows that you are big fan of Batman, why?
I think I just grew up on Batman that’s why I never grew out of it, I even wore a Batman-inspired pair of Converse on the American Idol tour. He is one of the few superheroes who is really just a normal guy, he is really smart, he fights crime, anyone could be Batman and I was really attracted to that element. I’m just still kinda of a nerd and I never grew out of it.
Aside from music, what do you do in your spare time?
My spare time is usually during the holidays, i love spending time with my friends and my family. I love bowling, it’s really random actually but I love to do it. I also love watching movies, or doing anything as long as it is fun.
Can you invite everyone to your concert on the 14th?
To everyone in the Philippines, this is Colton Dixon inviting you to the Big Dome on Valentine’s Day February 14th come out and have fun with us, I hope to see everyone there, let’s have a good time.
Special thanks to MCA MUSIC.
Grab your tickets now!
Jessica Sanchez and Colton Dixon Live in Manila!
February 14, 2013 at the Smart Araneta Colisem
February 14, 2013 at the Smart Araneta Colisem
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