Colton Dixon is ready to release what he’s been working on since his stint on “American Idol” Season 11. His debut album, “A Messenger,” is scheduled to drop on January 29.
Billboard recently caught up with the 21-year-old rocker who says that he had a hand in the majority of the album songwriting process. “I either wrote or co-wrote all the songs except for one. I’m the kind of artist who thinks that everyone should write their own stuff. It means more that way,” he explained.
The one song that he didn’t contribute to – “Let Them See You” – was what Dixon considered the album’s missing piece. “I heard this song from a friend of mine and I just had to have it on my record. It finished the record perfectly!”
Dixon told Billboard that he spent some time writing with Lifehouse frontman Jason Wade, however, those songs wouldn’t appear on the album. “Hopefully they’ll make the next record. I’d really like to do some collaborations in the future.”
Meanwhile, Dixon’s debut single, “You Are,” which was released on his birthday (Oct. 19), has continued to gain traction. In its 13th week on Christian Songs, the single has reached its highest position yet, at No. 21.
“It’s been doing really well. I’m hoping to have a music video in the works soon.” The Tennessee native says that he’s ready to focus on a new track but is having a hard time making a single selection. “There are so many favorites on the record. Someone asked me to pick one and I winded up picking six. I just can’t stop naming them. There are a lot of good ones to choose from.”
Dixon says fans can expect his forthcoming release to showcase his “whole wardrobe:”
“It starts off really hard and heavy with a song called ‘Noise.’ It’s very theatrical. It feels like you’re in downtown New York when listening to it. There are some softer more tender moments, like ‘Let Them See You’ and a song called ‘Rise.’ ‘You Are’ is even a little more dialed back but there are some other songs that will melt your face. They are so hard and heavy, which is fun.”