Every year a limited number of people get the chance to say they became a finalist for
American Idol. For Dylan Arms, it was more than an opportunity. It was a journey from shy
kid who plays music at church to performing artist and charismatic leader.
With a new EP, Take Me Higher
, Dylan will remain rooted in his church in South Carolina,
but he’s a good bet to break out with his strong vocal and memorable pop songs. It’s a
journey that might have started with the show, but Dylan’s taking the reigns himself and
moving forward with the gift he’s been given.
CCM: Can you tell me about your music career before trying out for American Idol?
I began playing music when I was 10 years old, and writing music at 15. Prior
to American Idol, I was singing in local churches and leading worship at my home church in
Taylors, South Carolina. I spent most of my time working on the craft of songwriting and
CCM: What did you learn from your experience on the show?
Dylan: American Idol
was an incredible experience. It forced me to get out of my box of
the life I had known. Prior to that, I was a quiet, shy kid with a dream. The show shot me
into the spotlight and has given me countless opportunities to perform to mass audiences
and to be heard around the world.
CCM: You have a new EP out. What are the hopes for you, musically, heading into 2014?
My hope is to continually develop my craft in music as a guitar player, vocalist and
songwriter so that I’m able to better relate my music to those who will listen to it. I want
to make people feel something when they listen to a song that I’ve written and hear the
heart behind my voice.
Growing up as a shy and quiet kid, music has been my outlet where I’m able to be heard
and find comfort in a crowd where there is usually fear. By pushing and bettering myself
in music, I’m also able to push and better myself as a person.