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Though he is one of folk-pop music’s newest celebrities, singer/songwriter Jason Castro is
keeping it real by staying grounded in his spiritual roots. Having just released his self-titled
debut on Atlantic last spring, the Texas crooner, whose humble demeanor made him an
“American Idol” Season 7 favorite, opens up about being a new artist in the mainstream and how
his faith plays into the mix.
CCM: You recently got married. Which is more difficult—being a rookie artist or a new husband?
Jason Castro: As a new artist I travel a lot and this fights against my desire to spend all my time
with my awesome new wife. But hey, we all gotta work! I am very fortunate to have a wife who
understands and believes in what I’m doing.
had you not received the national exposure of “american Idol,” would you still have pursued a
career in music?
Jason: Previous to “American Idol” I was the drummer in a rock band. I quit to do a little soul
searching. The following year was my time in the desert and I learned what it meant to pursue
God. I also learned I couldn’t live without music. [God] knew the desires of my heart. He wanted me
to trust him by giving up what I loved most in search of his purpose for me. God was faithful. Music
came back in a bigger way than I had ever imagined!
CCM: What role does faith play in the context of your music career?
Jason: I used to struggle with being a Christian and not being in a “Christian” band but Philippians
4:8 gave me confidence: “Finally brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is
right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or
praiseworthy—think about such things.” I believe music can be a celebration of all things good
and that’s what I aim to do. I’m lucky to have a job that I love, but at the end of the day music is not
my identity. My identity is in Christ and my faith is lived out by how I do things, not what I do.
CCM: does your church support your role in the mainstream arts?
Jason: while I was on “American Idol” they hosted a watching party for me! I stay close to my
worship pastor, Danny Davis, and his family, who are big encouragers to me.
CCM: as a person of faith, do you have some sort of litmus test when picking songs to record/
Jason: There’s definitely an internal gauge that is always observing what I’m doing, and making
sure it’s in line with my faith.
— Andrew Greer
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