I agree with this placement…

From Idol Chatter, “The Top 10 Post-American Idol Songs” (of 2016, that is):

“Automatic” by Castro: The best song on the very fine debut EP from Casto, which includes Jason (4th on Season 7 of Idol), brother Michael (a contestant on Seasons 8 & 9) and younger sister Jackie. Dang, does she sound great on the opening to this song? Then the very familiar voice of Jason cuts in on verse number two. Here’s hoping the trio continue making music together. I haven’t ranked these songs, but this is my absolute favorite from 2016.

 
To explain–the writer, Mark Franklin, begins by saying he’s not ranking the songs, but… 😉 Anyway, check out the whole article here!

My absolute fave from the EP is Hearts Coming Home, so have them both!


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Video by gailinroch

 

Thanks for the find, Jasonized! (And for the video, too…)

About that Mesquite show

You know, the one that Castro did this past Saturday? Well, it resulted in this quite nice article in the Mesquite News:

“We all have very diverse musical interests that we kind of combine to make us what we are,” Jason said.

[…]“I think we are better together, and this is too special not to try.”

 

For the full piece, click on over to the website!

“Automatic” video is LIVE


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(I especially love the end, just perfect!)

There is also a piece on the IHeartRadio website that talks about the meaning behind the video. From the Castros:

Images of love, nature, and light serve to evoke the feeling that love is an irresistible adventure that beckons, and is at it’s best when it is simple, care free – Automatic.

 
Don’t forget to check out the rest of the article!

PLUS! There is a new video about the story behind “Automatic”:


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ETA: Both Billboard and MJ’s Big Blog have articles about the video, too–be sure to click over and have a read!

 

Thanks for the heads-ups, Jasonized!

A “don’t miss” interview piece from Billboard

Jason on touring with his sibs:

[…] Jason says he couldn’t be happier.

“There’s no one else I’d rather travel with,” Castro tells Billboard. “Truth is, being on the road is a challenge for anybody with anybody and being with family kind of makes it a lot easier. It at least makes it feel a bit more like home, and I’m just excited to share this whole process with them.”

 
Check out the full article on Billboard.com. (It’s really good!)

New acoustic “Rock ‘n’ Roll” video!

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Oops! That’s just an image. The video is (for now) exclusive to Crave, so you’ll have to click over there to hear and see it–but that’s fine, because there’s a nice little piece to go with:

[T]he intimate black and white video shows Castro’s gorgeous three-part harmonies as they seamlessly trade-off the powerhouse lead vocals as if they’re passing the salt at a family dinner.

 
For the rest of the article and the video, click on through!

 

And now the video is no longer exclusive, so you can listen here, too:


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Artist Spotlight

There’s a nice band profile on The Hudsucker:

Touching on themes such as dreaming big, finding happiness, and loving someone unrequitedly. Diamond Dreams is sure to have a song for every listener. As Jason states, that is Castro’s ultimate mission as makers of music: “Music has the power to transform a day, and the power to define a time. That’s our goal: to be that for somebody. To be the song.”

 
Be sure to click through and read the rest of it!

“Automatic” Acoustic Video!

Right now it’s up exclusively at Twist Magazine‘s website, so hop over there and have a look/listen–lovely!

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(Sorry if the screenshot fooled anyone. Since it is exclusive I won’t bring the video here until tomorrow because reasons.)

Go! And don’t forget to leave a thumbs-up and/or comment on YouTube. Also, be good to your friends and share the piece-cum-video with your Face-Friends and fellow tweeters.

 
ETA: And here’s the actual video:


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If you’re interested in Jason’s songwriting process…

…there’s a fascinating glimpse into that in an article in the Vermont Standard about that songwriting retreat the family went to a few weeks ago:

Jason Castro paced through the grass with his guitar.

He strummed and hummed as if he was in a trance.

He paused to sip some beer that rested on a picnic table. Then kept walking.

“Who are we talking to?” he asked.

 

For what comes next, follow the clicky link.

ETA: There is also a whole gallery of photos

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Rick Russell photo

of the retreat concert, featuring Jason.

 

Thanks for the link to the photo gallery, ArtTeacher!