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!

I was not previously familiar with The Daily Country

But they have a nice piece up about CASTRO and “Diamond Dreams”:

“Dreams are more valuable than anything else,” Jason says. “It’s about realizing that a lot of people want to squash dreams – they say it’s unrealistic or that you can’t do it. I think a big part of how we’ve gotten to where we are is by really valuing our dreams.”

 
To read the whole thing (and there is more, so you should), hop on over to The Daily Country.

SINGLE! Listen to “Diamond Dreams”…

…on Yahoo! Music. Or you can listen right here!

There is also a nice article to go with:

Jason, who’s now a married father of two, explains he decided to form the Castro band after growing weary of the loneliness of touring and recording as a solo act. “I’m coming from a really different place this go-‘round,” he says. “Doing this has helped me get back to the root of what I love about music – and that’s the music, which is just better together.”

 
Like that? Check out the full piece here.

 

Thanks for the heads up, Linda794JC and Jasonized!

There’s a nice interview in Florida Today

Here’s a sample:

Q: If you could go back and do one thing over in your career, what would it be and why?

A: There really isn’t anything I would do different. It has been an incredible journey and a learning experience. When I went on “American Idol,” I had only been singing and playing guitar for one year, so I have learned a lot along the way. I learned how the business works, and I learned how to be creative. I think the best is yet to come.

 
There’s lot’s of good stuff in the piece, so go and take a look.

 

Thanks for the find, beckyvee!

Ever wonder how Jason ends up doing all those charity galas?

From an article in The Ledger about the Shine a Light Gala (see sidebar–no, over on the right…yes, there!):

[…]Castro’s name came up during a meeting of the program’s advisory council to plan the fundraising weekend.

“I said, ‘Who do we need to have as our entertainment?’ and one council member immediately said, ‘Jason Castro,’ ” Hitchcock said. “He’s got a very strong Christian passion, and he was on ‘American Idol,’ and he really likes doing charity for children’s needs.”

Hitchcock said she contacted Castro’s manager, who said the singer is deeply concerned about the sex-trafficking issue, and Castro quickly agreed to perform at the gala.

For the full article, click the clicky link here.

Another interview

…this one in The Oklahoman. I like this bit:

I like to stay away from the label “Christian album,” because I think people could listen to this album and wouldn’t feel like it’s all about Jesus but more just hope and joy and just the truths that are found in faith. It is written in such a way that it could be universally heard and enjoyed, and that’s my hope. I don’t want to alienate anyone with my music.

I’d say he hit that nail square on the head!

For the full interview, click on over to The Oklahoman website.

Thanks for the find, Jasonized!

And about that tour kicking off in a couple of days…

From the Carlsbad Current–Argus (emphasis mine):

The concert […] is not just for fans of Christian music according to John Pennell, producer at Total Productions, which will be producing the concert.

“West is a just a great performer and Castro is on fire right now,” said Pennell.

(Or at any time!)

For the full article, click on the clicky right over here.