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EDITORS’ NOTES

Jason Castro' self-titled debut album mixes Jason Mraz-esque folk-pop with hints of R&B, and he has a knack for delivering honeyed tunes without being cloying. Co-writing most of the album’s material, he builds his songs around his acoustic guitar strumming while sticking to boy/girl themes. “Let’s Just Fall In Love Again” is a natural summer single, the perfect anthem for couples reaffirming their affection. The skip-along rhythm of “This Heart of Mine” and the balmy soul of “Love Uncompromised” are in a similarly tender vein. Castro reaches out to a misused lady-friend in “You Can Always Come Home” (a duet with Serena Ryder) and unreels a delicately erotic fantasy in “It Matters to Me.” A yearning rendition of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” — the tune that earned him instant attention on American Idol — closes the album on an exalted note. Castro may over-emote at times, but he always projects genuine warmth and a scruffy sort of class. At his best, his good vibes are downright contagious.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Jason Castro' self-titled debut album mixes Jason Mraz-esque folk-pop with hints of R&B, and he has a knack for delivering honeyed tunes without being cloying. Co-writing most of the album’s material, he builds his songs around his acoustic guitar strumming while sticking to boy/girl themes. “Let’s Just Fall In Love Again” is a natural summer single, the perfect anthem for couples reaffirming their affection. The skip-along rhythm of “This Heart of Mine” and the balmy soul of “Love Uncompromised” are in a similarly tender vein. Castro reaches out to a misused lady-friend in “You Can Always Come Home” (a duet with Serena Ryder) and unreels a delicately erotic fantasy in “It Matters to Me.” A yearning rendition of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” — the tune that earned him instant attention on American Idol — closes the album on an exalted note. Castro may over-emote at times, but he always projects genuine warmth and a scruffy sort of class. At his best, his good vibes are downright contagious.

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About Jason Castro

With an acoustic guitar, dreadlocks, and a flower child disposition, Jason Castro spun his singer/songwriter appeal into a fourth-place finish during American Idol's 2008 season. Castro was the first artist to play an instrument on the show, and he used his guitar skills throughout the competition, accompanying himself during laid-back performances of "I Shot the Sheriff," "Daydream," and "Travelin' Thru." Although he ultimately finished behind rivals Sayesha Mercado, David Archuleta, and David Cook, Castro still displayed his commercial potential with a pair of digital-chart hits, including a ukulele-helmed version of "Over the Rainbow" that topped digital charts. He then parlayed that success into a major-label deal with Atlantic Records, which signed the artist in April 2009 and issued his debut album the following year. Five tracks from that album also appeared on Who I Am, Castro's first contemporary Christian album, which appeared in November 2010. Castro returned with his third studio album, the similarly Christian-themed Only a Mountain, in 2013. ~ Andrew Leahey

  • ORIGIN
    Dallas, TX
  • BORN
    Mar 25, 1987

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