'American Idol' Winner Caleb Johnson Crowd-Funding His New Album After Major-Label Split

Brian Bowen Smith
Caleb Johnson

After splitting with Interscope Records in 2015, American Idol season 13 winner Caleb Johnson is moving on to the next chapter with the launch of a new PledgeMusic campaign.

The Asheville, N.C., native -- who released his album Testify shortly after his Idol victory in 2014 -- is putting the finishing touches on a new EP, which will be released later this year. In another move, Johnson has been added to the client roster of McGhee Entertainment, home to Richie Sambora, Orianthi, Hootie & the Blowfish, Darius Rucker, Paul Stanley and Kiss, whom Johnson joined onstage at the American Idol finale.

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Although the record is a work in process, Johnson gave fans a taste of the musical future with the release of a new song, "Holding On," available now on iTunes.

"It will be be released later on in 2016, however for my superfans -- that's you guys -- I want to get you involved and give you a special experience NOW," he wrote on the website.

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In a video, the 24-year-old singer explained that fans will have access to behind-the-scenes footage, photos and other incentives. "All the ins and out of making this rock and roll record that I poured my heart and soul into," he said. (Watch the PledgeMusic video here.)

Some of those incentives include an Asheville brewery tour and a private studio "hang" in Nashville.

Recently, Johnson returned to the Idol stage as a mentor to hopefuls Sonika Vaid and James VII.

Watch Johson and Vaid perform Adele's "Skyfall" below: