“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.”
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.”
Its eleven original tracks–all written or co-written by Castro–are primed to appeal to fans both old and new, whether they discovered his unique voice via his captivating run on American Idol, or have found their lives touched by one of his melodic, heartfelt performances in the years since.
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.
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.”
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.”
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]“.
While Castro’s debut CD may have been entitled “Who I Am,” with the release of “Only a Mountain” he really begins to show us just exactly who he is–an incredibly gifted musician and songwriter with a bright and compelling future ahead of him.
[W]ith Only A Mountain, [Jason Castro] has come into his own. His songwriting has matured, his music has grown more robust and varied, and his performance is consistently passionate and energetic. If listeners embrace it, Only A Mountain could be a breakthrough album for a bright new talent.
Check out the full song-by-song rundown at the website!
Even better, Spotify also has tracks of commentary from Jason about each song, so you really don’t want to pass that up!
Still want more? No problem! Check out Christianbook.com’s Inside the Album on “Only a Mountain”. It’s the same person talking about the same songs, so it’s similar to the commentary on Spotify, but not identical, so check that out, too!
Thanks for the finds, Jasonized and ArtTeacher!
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