According to USA Today’s Idol Chatter blog, Jason has signed a new contract with Word Records (a Christian label that, like Atlantic, is part of the Warner Music Group).

Caption: Singer/songwriter Jason Castro (bottom right) signs his recording contract with Word Records. (Photo © Tree Paine)

Please note, however!:

Jason, who says he hates getting caught up in genres, sees the move to Word as a logical extension of what he’s been doing rather than a major career shift.

“It all fell into place in a really natural way,” he says. “And I’m not trying to just go and become a “Christian artist.” That’s never been my goal. So this next album, I think it’ll be a continuation of what we started on the first album, just a much truer version.”

The article also says that Jason is planning to record in April or May (that’s practically tomorrow!), and is looking at a September release.

Can’t wait!

ETA: David Helfant (Jason’s manager) says the new album is due out Sept. 4!