Anchor by Colton Dixon on Apple Music

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EDITORS’ NOTES

Colton Dixon asserts his strengths as a Christian pop/rocker on his eclectic sophomore album, Anchor. A seventh-place finish on the 2011 season of American Idol brought this Tennessee-based artist to widespread attention; his debut release, A Messenger, confirmed his multifaceted artistic potential. Anchor is a confident follow-up, benefitting from songwriting input by such notables as tobyMac, Matthew West, and Ben Glover. Lyrically, the album favors inspirational themes that acknowledge the fears and doubts standing in the way of redemption. Dixon does well with upbeat, synth-drenched worship tunes like “More of You” and “Limitless.” Whether he’s sailing on techno grooves (“Echo,” “Fool’s Gold”) or flashing some Aerosmith-esque swagger (“Loud and Clear”), Dixon sings with both style and conviction. His most personal moment comes with “Through All of It,” a piano ballad that touches on both his spiritual struggles and career challenges.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Colton Dixon asserts his strengths as a Christian pop/rocker on his eclectic sophomore album, Anchor. A seventh-place finish on the 2011 season of American Idol brought this Tennessee-based artist to widespread attention; his debut release, A Messenger, confirmed his multifaceted artistic potential. Anchor is a confident follow-up, benefitting from songwriting input by such notables as tobyMac, Matthew West, and Ben Glover. Lyrically, the album favors inspirational themes that acknowledge the fears and doubts standing in the way of redemption. Dixon does well with upbeat, synth-drenched worship tunes like “More of You” and “Limitless.” Whether he’s sailing on techno grooves (“Echo,” “Fool’s Gold”) or flashing some Aerosmith-esque swagger (“Loud and Clear”), Dixon sings with both style and conviction. His most personal moment comes with “Through All of It,” a piano ballad that touches on both his spiritual struggles and career challenges.

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About Colton Dixon

Born on October 19, 1991 in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, singer/songwriter Colton Dixon first caught the public's attention on season 11 of American Idol. The guitar-playing, golden-maned Dixon's soaring vocals and upfront spirituality connected with audiences enough to secure a seventh-place finish, and it didn't take long for the charismatic rocker to land a record deal. The resulting A Messenger, his debut for Sparrow Records, was released in 2013 and quickly rose to #15 on the Billboard Top 200 and #1 on the Christian Album chart. With newly raised stakes, he fared similarly well with his 2014 follow-up, Anchor which also topped the Christian chart and featured the hit single "More of You." Tours with major artists like TobyMac, Third Day, and Casting Crowns helped increase his profile as a popular concert act. In 2015, Dixon released The Calm Before the Storm, an album which combined two previously released EP's: the all-acoustic Calm and a set of remixes called Storm. Early in 2017, Dixon released the single "All That Matters," a preface to his third full album Identity, which was released by Sparrow that March. ~ James Christopher Monger

  • ORIGIN
    Murfreesboro, TN
  • BORN
    Oct 19, 1991

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