Everyone should stop right now and listen to “American Idol” alum Colton Dixon’s new album “Identity.” Cue a very inspirational, encouraging, and hope-filled rest of the week.
“My faith is a big part of what I do,” Dixon said. “I feel like it’s my duty to share what God has done for me.”
The 25-year-old Christian music artist — who recently celebrated his one-year wedding anniversary — talked with LifeZette about his third studio album released March 24.
“I think that regardless of what you believe, I hope you’re encouraged and maybe a little more hopeful after you listen to this record,” said Dixon the day his album was released.
The song “Technicolor” — a fan favorite on this pop-infused album — is a song about “being able to see lives through God’s eyes,” Dixon said.
Dixon can’t wait to play this song live. “I feel like it’s going to be a party,” he said.
If people could see others’ lives through the Lord’s eyes, “I feel like colors would be more vibrant,” Dixon said. “We would understand a lot more than we do now.”
While his own favorite song on the album varies from day to day, Dixon told LifeZette the piano ballad “Autopsy” was currently one of his favorites.
Let’s let the “Autopsy” lyrics speak for themselves:
“We’re all one heartbeat from heaven,” Dixon sings. “So tear apart my heart and soul. My every inch. Take it all. But I am more than skin and bones.”
Dixon, who is from Murfreesboro, Tennessee, finished seventh in Season 11 of “American Idol” in 2012.
“[After] a show like ‘American Idol,’ there are a lot of people who come to my shows that don’t believe the same things, but they really like my music,” Dixon said. “I just want to encourage people wherever they are [in their lives].”
Since “Idol,” Dixon has gone through a learning process both spiritually and artistically.
“It’s just been a crazy ride,” he said. “One of the biggest things I’ve learned is to not take anything for granted, because we are not promised anything in this life. So every day is a new day.”
Speaking of new days — Dixon and his wife, Annie, have been going through a transformative process as they navigate marriage, which he said is a “new and amazing experience” for them both.
The couple made Hollywood headlines last year when they publicly said they had decided to wait for marriage before becoming intimate. Now heading into their second year of marriage, Dixon is glad they waited.
Dixon shared his own dating advice for young people. “Don’t compromise,” he said. “It doesn’t matter what area. Whatever your standards are, the minute you start to compromise, you’re just more likely to compromise in other, bigger areas.”
“Stay true to who you are and what you believe in,” he added. “The rest will unfold and it will be a beautiful thing.”