With his warm, evocative vocals and distinctive charisma, Jason Castro has already earned bountiful acclaim and a fervent fan following. The Texas-based tunesmith â€“ best known as the third runner-up on the 2008 season of Foxâ€™s American Idol â€“ is now hard at work on his hugely anticipated debut album, set for release on Atlantic Records later this year. Among Castroâ€™s creative collaborators are producer/songwriter Eric Rosse (Sara Bareilles, Tori Amos) and such acclaimed songwriters as Marc Roberge of O.A.R., Gregg Wattenberg (Five For Fighting), Zac Maloy (David Cook), and Espionage (Train).
A multi-talented singer and guitarist, Jason was among the most popular and talented artists in American Idol history, entering the record books as the first contestant to play an instrument on the show. His performance of the Leonard Cohen-penned classic â€œHallelujahâ€ proved such an audience favorite that the late, great Jeff Buckleyâ€™s rendition of the song hit #1 on the iTunes chart the following week, selling an astonishing 178,000 digital singles. Jason scored a chart-topping single of his own a few weeks later with his interpretation of â€œSomewhere Over The Rainbow,â€ which also hit #1 on iTunes after a show-stopping performance of the song on American Idol. Upon the seasonâ€™s conclusion, Castro was among the stars of the hugely successful â€œAmerican Idols LIVE! Tour 2008.â€
Since then, Jason has been hard at work writing and woodshedding the songs which will appear on his upcoming debut album. In December 2008, he teamed with Amazon.com to release a free download of â€œWhite Christmasâ€ as a special holiday gift to his fans. Castro has also recorded a new version of â€œHallelujahâ€ which will be featured on the soundtrack to the upcoming film, Amar A Morir, set for a summer 2009 release.
As if that werenâ€™t enough, Jason has been a prominent supporter of a variety of charity organizations. Last December saw him starring at a Garland, Texas Christmas concert benefitting the cityâ€™s Best Education Foundation. He has also been an active supporter of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Scienceâ€™s MusiCares Foundation.