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'American Idol' finalist Jason Castro enjoys faith connection as his music career blossoms

Contemporary Christian recording artist Jason Castro talks about touring with Matthew West and his connection to the Christian faith community of his childhood. They will perform Thursday in McAlester.
by Carla Hinton Published: November 2, 2013
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A: You know, the way that I came to the contemporary Christian music scene wasn't a very direct route. I had been singing and playing guitar for about a year, so when I tried out for “American Idol.” I was still so new to everything. I was just kind of loving music and trying to find a way to do it. That's always been the dream. I never really imagined myself being a singer at the front of the stage. ... After “Idol,” I just sought opportunities and went where I believe the Lord was directing me.

My first album — a mainstream album — had a No. 1 single (“Let's Just Fall in Love Again”) in Singapore, Norway, the Philippines. I got to travel to all these places, and it was really cool, but as I was doing that, I started having a longing for more God in my life and God in my music.

Around this time, I had also been involved in a movement called “I Am Second,” which started here in Dallas. For people who aren't familiar with it, it's a really cool creative way that a lot of celebrities, artists and athletes gather and share their testimony about who God is in their lives. Through that, I started getting a lot of recognition throughout the Christian world and a lot of the Christian stores were wanting to support me and to have my albums in their stores. ... That's how it started. It started in just a real natural way.

It's really been refreshing for me to connect to people of faith. I believe they were a big part of my support on the show. I've always kind of been a go-with-the-flow kind of guy, and it landed me here.

Q: You were raised in the church. Does it seem like you have come full circle?

A: It's always been a big part of my life so it's neat to incorporate it in this way into the music. Music's just neat. I still write for all different applications so it's not like a complete worship album. I like to stay away from the label “Christian album,” because I think people could listen to this album and wouldn't feel like it's all about Jesus but more just hope and joy and just the truths that are found in faith. It is written in such a way that it could be universally heard and enjoyed, and that's my hope. I don't want to alienate anyone with my music.

Q: You've had a change in your life in the last two years with the birth of your daughter. How has that changed things?

A: My wife used to tour with me. Now, it's an effort and kind of a rule that I have to get home every week. It really works out well, because when I'm home, I don't have any commitments while I'm here. I can be all in dad and husband while I'm here.

by Carla Hinton
Religion Editor
Carla Hinton, an Oklahoma City native, joined The Oklahoman in 1986 as a National Society of Newspaper Editors minority intern. She began reporting full-time for The Oklahoman two years later and has served as a beat writer covering a wide...
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