MCALESTER — With his distinctive dreadlocks and laid-back style, Jason Castro has been embraced by fans of contemporary Christian music.
Castro, 26, said the Christian music scene is a natural fit for him since he was raised in the church and played music with his father, who led worship.
Castro, of Dallas, will bring his particular blend of music to McAlester as part of Matthew West's “Into the Light” concert set for Thursday at the Ryan McAfee Memorial Southeast Expo Center.
A Season 7 contestant on the Fox reality TV show “American Idol,” Castro recently discussed the concert tour and his music:
Q: What can fans expect from you at the “Into the Light” concert?
A: I can't say enough how honored I feel to be a part of this tour. It's a spectacular night from start to finish. Being the opener, I've got a 20-minute set where I play a lot of my new songs with a full band, and I also pull out one from the “Idol” catalog. I start the set with “Over the Rainbow,” so if you want to catch that, get there early. It's really an inspiring night. I'm inspired every night just watching backstage.
Q: What type of response have you received thus far about your album “Only a Mountain”?
A: It's been an incredible response. Since we released, there was a lot of positive reviews and press feedback. Since we've gotten on the road, it's been the same thing — a lot of people really connecting with the music. I love getting out and hearing the stories of how these songs have affected people. I'm really proud of the album we put together. I co-wrote every song on the album. I'm just having a blast traveling and playing the songs live.
Q: What's the premise behind the album's first single, which the album is named for?
A: It's inspired by some words Jesus said — if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you can tell this mountain to throw itself in the sea and it will. It's a playful take on that, a lighthearted approach to a heavy topic. We all have faced challenges and struggles that seem like mountains, but through God, all things are possible, and really, in light of God and all He's done for us, our biggest challenge here is just one small step along the journey home. That's kind of what I wanted to say with that song. It's some inspiration for the day-to-day.
Q: Why did you decide to go into contemporary Christian music?