At 13 years old, Colton Dixon was preparing for his piano recital to perform the hit song "I can Only Imagine" (MercyMe) when his piano teacher told him that he should sing the song too. He agreed. "It first time I was filled with the holy spirit and I knew that it was God's gift to me.... God's plan for us comes out of random or even weird circumstances but when you know it, you know it," says Colton in an interview with KeepTheFaith.
Though Steven Tyler deemed fan favorite Colton Dixon's 7th place finish in American Idol's Season 11 to be "beyond shocking," the 22 year old singer/songwriter held true to his musical passion, viewing his elimination from the show as a huge opportunity.
While the remaining contestants battled it out for the Season 11 finals, he got right to work collaborating on 13 new songs in 13 days, a songwriting process that ultimately led him to sign with 19/Capitol-CMG/Sparrow Records. His highly anticipated debut album A Messenger, released January 29, 2013, features 11 powerful and infectious pop/rock tracks that showcase Dixon's trademark balance of vocal tenderness and intensity, his energetic piano playing and, above all else, a sense of hope and inspiration. A Messenger won a 2013 DOVE Award for Best Rock/Contemporary Album.
"I have a lot of passion for what I do, and I believe that people respond to artists who pour their hearts into every performance and connect with the songs they sing. For them to believe in what I'm singing, I have to believe it first. It's all about being yourself, sharing your heart and being genuine. Those are the things that make a difference."