No Time Wasted
Colton Dixon Wants His Life to Point to Christ
Colton Dixon is known for skimboarding, collecting bobbleheads and, notably, his time with his sister Schyler on American Idol.
But the spiky blonde-haired singer from Murfreesboro, Tennessee, would rather be known for something and Someone far more important.
“I believe that we all have purpose while we’re here on this Earth, and that we’re all called to make a difference one way or the other,” he said. “I feel like if I pass away and people don’t know me for making a difference or changing something…not just knowing my name but something in furthering [God’s] kingdom, I feel like there would be time wasted.”
“I have a strong conviction to encourage and to bring others to Christ, and I feel like if I’m not known for that, then I didn’t do my job well enough.”
Colton, who finished seventh on American Idol Season 11, names Chris Daughtry and Hayley Williams as his favorite male and female artists. And, other musical influences include Paramore, 30 Seconds to Mars, Lifehouse, Evanescence, Switchfoot, Skillet and The Fray.
He is signed with Sparrow Records and his single “You Are” debuted number one at iTunes. It’s also a favorite among Family Life Radio listeners.
“I wanted to write a worship song that sums up what worship means to me,” Colton said. “It’s not just about giving God the praise; worship takes me to many places.”
“The chorus, ‘You are the song that I’m singing, you are the air that I breathe, you’re the hope I’m needing’…we also realize that He’s present in that time of worship and He’s going to be what pulls you through.”
“I just wanted to write that song, and I hope that it can be as much of an encouragement to other people as it has for me.”
Colton says he knew he wanted to be a singer as a young teenager after singing “I Can Only Imagine” by MercyMe at a piano recital. “It’s not everyday that a 13-year-old knows what he’s called to do, but I did. I ran with it, worked on my voice, tried to enhance my craft and it’s been so cool to see the journey God has put before me and how everything has played out.”
Listen to the full interview to hear the account of Colton’s American Idol experience as well as his response to judge Randy Jackson’s comment, “I believe you are an artist.” Hear how Colton asks you to pray for him.