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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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I am Colton's biggest fan and listen to his songs daily. He has really stepped up on the beautiful gift God has given him. :) Colton Dixon's music has inspired me in so many ways, and my prayers for a new album by him to come out have been answered! *Thank you God!* :) I LOVE Colton Dixon, and I CAN'T WAIT to see him perform these amazing new songs in concert. *Fingers crossed!* I am a teen song-writer, and I would be nowhere without Colton's "encouragement." :)


I just bought his last album and love it. Then I heard "More of You" on the radio. This is going to be his best album.

Waiting for album #3

I bought the ‘Anchor’ album without hesitation since Colton’s debut “Messenger” is my favorite of all time. “Anchor” is a great album with the right beat to get your fists pumping and head banging. The music side of the album is 10 out of 10. That being said, this album did fall a little short of Colton’s reputation. Colton’s message is what separates him from other Christian artists. It’s the reason he is my favorite. I’ve seen him in concert 3 times and have driven as many as 6 hours round trip to catch a live concert. Colton’s focus and message is on God and His love and grace and that is where Colton’s “Messenger” album takes you in every single song. The “Messenger” album lyric takes the focus off of us and our short comings and puts it on Christ and the love and grace that is offered through Him and the finished work at the cross. I was hopeful with the release of his single “More of You” because it is on track with that same message, however “Anchor” as a whole seems to shift the focus from God back on to me. As I listen to this album the general message that I hear is more about me and my doubts, my being tired, my sorrow, me drifting further from Gods reach and then (if we fight the tide or take off our blindfold) about God’s redemption and promise of hope. My thoughts as a Christian are that we don’t need to fight the tide or take off our blindfold, if we look to God and trust Him, He will do it for us. It’s our job to believe, and God’s job to do. This is a great album for a Christian who is struggling with something or someone who seems to live in their past failures. It gives hope to someone that needs encouragement. It gives them an opportunity to turn toward God and let Him be their everything. For me, who has already been there and done that, I am unable to connect to the message of the “Anchor” album and I’m left on the fence waiting for album #3. Compared to Colton’s debut album “Messenger” I give Anchor a 6 out of 10. Compared to other Christian artists and the message they have in their songs, Anchor is a 9 out of 10.


Born: October 19, 1991 in Murfreesboro, TN

Genre: Christian & Gospel

Years Active: '10s

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...
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