Abounding with heart and soul, Tennessee serenader, Colton Dixon, has been soaring like a comet in the sky ever since his appearance on the seventh season of American Idol, and there’s certainly no turning back now. The power behind Colton’s lyrical messages and spirited intention is electrifying, and if you have the pleasure of catching one of his live shows, you’ll feel it tenfold. In celebration of the release of his fourth studio album, ‘Identity’, I caught with Colton to discuss the experiences that have led him toward bringing this album to life, his one year anniversary with his beloved wife, tattoos and more.
Congrats on the release of your fourth studio album, ‘Identity’. As the album has a Mind, Body, Spirit theme, do you perceive that you have reached a new level within yourself that you are letting loose throughout the album?
Colton – Yeah, definitely pieces of self-discovery. Splitting the record into three sections allowed me to explore a bit deeper into what is going on in my life, and hopefully people can relate to that as well.
Jessica – Do you perceive that you split this album into three pieces as means of liberation from a past self?
Colton – It is more so diving deeper, not necessarily taking it from a past mindset, just another stop on my spiritual journey. I assessed where I am at, assessed where I need to be, and continue to look toward that goal.
Jessica – Beautiful. You recently celebrated your one year wedding anniversary with your wife, Annie. How has your marriage contributed to your artistry as a creative?
Colton – Man, it has changed it so much, but I love it. As you said, we have only celebrated one year, so we are still learning a lot. Annie does always tell me that I still have a lot to learn. It’s great having her out on the road with us, and it’s cool to have someone else there within every facet of what I am and what I do. She is willing to do this with me, and that’s amazing. As far as the artistry is concerned, there is just someone else in mind when I’m writing now. There are some songs that can be a vertical, or to God, or you can take it as what you perceive. It’s just cool to write not only about my spiritual life, but about someone that is going through life with me. It’s been amazing.
Jessica – Wow. Your wife is more than likely mirroring facets of yourself to you that are inspiring your dynamic lyricism as well. So, do you have any tattoos that carry any deep, personal meaning?
Colton – Yeah. I have one tattoo, it’s rather large on my left arm and shoulder. It’s of a tree, and Jesus is in the middle of the tree within the offspace on a cross. It’s pretty cool because it looks like it is just a tree at first, but when you look deeper, you see Jesus hanging there. It hurt like crap! They tried to warn me, but I did it anyway. It has been a few years, but I am sure that I’ll get another one in the future.
Jessica – Do you feel as though tattoos serve as a benefit to society as means of artistic expression?
Colton – Yeah. My view on tattoos is that I am definitely a creative, and this is a way for me to express myself within that area. I don’t think I would ever get tattooed for someone else, because it is not like you’re tattooing their body as well, as the piece is solely on your body for the rest of your life. It’s definitely a personal thing. I think that it is a really cool way to be creative about a milestone that you’ve hit. I have seen people get tattoos with their kids names or their wife’s name, and I think that is very beautiful. It is one “to each their own” kind of deal. It is going to be on your body for the rest of your life, so you have to make sure that it counts and have fun with it.
Jessica – Yeah. Tattoos are so reflective of the time and mindset that you were in when you got the piece tattooed. So, do you have any upcoming tour or festival appearance plans that you can fill us in about?
Colton – I am currently on tour right now. We are right in the middle of the Winter Jam tour right now. We are going to be out again in the Fall doing a pretty big run, so that’ll be fun.
Jessica – Awesome! You’re on Winter Jam with Thousand Foot Krutch, right?
Colton – Yeah! We love the Thousand Foot Krutch guys. Trevor is one of my dudes, and it’s been a lot of fun catching up with him again.
Jessica – Awesome. Do you engage in any well being practices (yoga, meditation, etc) that have helped center your energy and serve as influence toward your music?
Colton – Man, my wife is doing yoga as we speak! She has been trying to get me to do it, but I am just not flexible. Honestly, I am just a spiritual guy, and the thing that me and my guys do on the road is get together every day and talk about our lives. Although conversation goes into faith a lot, we also talk about what we are struggling with and sometimes it helps us re-focus and give us purpose behind what we do. Some people do yoga, some people do the zen thing, but we’re men and women of faith and believe that we are out here for a reason that is bigger than ourselves. But, I’m going to have to get better about trying some yoga.
Jessica – That’s beautiful that you’re able to communicate and be vulnerable amongst each other. It seems like you have gone through a major internal revolution throughout your latest single, “All The Matters”. Tell us about the meaning behind that track.
Colton – It was a very personal thing. I think that it is really easy to get down on ourselves, or to look at how big the world is and think that it is easy to get lost in it. But, I believe that we all matter to the God and creator of the universe, and I talk about that throughout “All The Matters”. There’s a verse that is so beautiful that says, “It doesn’t matter who you are or what you have done, you matter to that God”. It is so good to be reminded of that, as it’s easy to forget. No matter where you are in life and no matter what you have done, it is okay. I really appreciate that, so we wrote a song about it!
Jessica – Beautiful. Last but certainly not least, any closing messages for your fans?!
Colton – Man, my fans are awesome. I appreciate what you all have done to get me where I’m at, especially coming from a show like American Idol that is so reliant on fan interaction. Come out to the shows! Whether you believe in what I do or not, I just hope that my music can give you a little bit of hope in a world where it is kinda hard to come by these days. I hope that you enjoy the new record, as it is a lot different than the other records in the past. I am anxious to hear your thoughts! Thank you all so much for your support.