If you still think of Jason Castro as the easygoing folkie from American Idol, his new album may surprise you. For one thing, the dreadlocked singer from the show’s seventh season has picked up an electric guitar. For another, Only a Mountain — out today — depicts a young man more familiar with life’s struggles than he was three years ago when he released his first album.
For more, including an interview, go to USAToday.com
Castro’s contemporary christian direction on Only a Mountain is readily enjoyable by all.
For the full piece, go to rickey.org
Only a Mountain finds this American Idol alum continuing to work hard to earn his place, proving he has plenty to offer beyond his trademark dreadlocks and blue eyes.
For more–plus a chance to listen to all the songs on the album–check out Rhapsody
From Jam the City:
Castro, currently in the midst of a busy Winter Jam tour, hits New York City this week for a number of media visits to celebrate the album. Today, he stops by “The Better Show” to perform his current single “Only A Mountain” (to air nationally January 21) and SiriusXM’s “The Message.” Wednesday is packed with visits to FOX News Radio, ABC’s “What’s The Buzz” and “Access Hollywood.”
(I hope he brought running shoes!) For the rest of the piece, go to JamTheCity.com
From the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
Castro displays a level of ambition and confidence that weren’t foreshadowed by sweet but low-key renditions of “Over the Rainbow” and Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” on “Idol.”
Full review at Tap Milwaukee
From The Christian Music Junkie:
His voice is very unique, comparable to that of Aaron Gillespie, where no matter what he sings he will put his spin on it vocally.
Full review at Christian Music Junkie
From the Hollywood Reporter:
The title track, co-written by Seth Mosley and Mia Fieldes, offers the listener a message of hope and a promise that joy may be found in the “midst of trials.” Says Castro: “There is a reason it is the first single and the title track. […] I love the playfulness of the song. It’s only a mountain. These problems are not what they seem. When we are in the moment and we are having problems, we think it’s the end of the world, and you get a few steps down the road and realize, that no, it wasn’t.”
For the full article, see HollywoodReporter.com
On Only A Mountain, internationally-renowned recording artist, Jason Castro really comes into his own and reveals strengthened musical chops in addition to a new-found polish and confidence.
Review continues on ReleaseLog.com
From the Examiner:
Only a Mountain, which also shows off Castro’s guitar chops on an electric (and not his mainstay acoustic), just might become Castro’s breakout album.
Read the rest at Examiner.com
From SJD–Music for Christian Living:
The majority of Jason’s performance on Only A Mountain perfectly showcases his trademark acoustic pop vibe, such as in the catchy title track, the freeway melody “Starting Line”, and the touching “Same King Of Broken [ft. Moriah Peters]“.
Full review at SJD: Music for Christian Living
From Jesus Freak Hideout:
In the end, Only A Mountain fits sonically with other Idol alumnus’ albums […], but still shines brightly in spots and points to Castro having a long career ahead of him.
Read the rest at JesusFreakHideout
A video review from Stereotude (Jason’s bit starts at about 0:40):
Video by Stereotude
And a whole trove of photos from @TouchTunes from Jason’s visit there yesterday:
For the rest of the pix, go to TouchTunes Facebook page. (Do!)
Thanks for continuing to seek out the best buzz, Jasonized!