Growing up just outside of Nashville, in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, singer/songwriter Colton Dixon knew he wanted to pursue music professionally as a young teen.

Colton first began taking serious steps to become a professional musician when he and his sister, Schyler, auditioned for “American Idol” season ten; that year, neither of them made it to the top forty. The following year, Colton accompanied Schyler for the season eleven auditions not planning to audition himself. “There was no bone in my body that wanted to go back, so I went to support her,” he explained to Air1. “The judges had remembered us both from the last season, so they told me to come in ... it's kind of a blur ... but I wound up auditioning again, and I'm so glad it happened cause I made it to the top seven of 'American Idol!'” 

During a moving performance on "American Idol," Colton paid tribute to one of his favorite bands. “The song 'Everything' by Lifehouse is one of my favorite worship songs of all time,” he says. “I was on YouTube and I saw a skit that someone had done with the song and it was so powerful! I can't watch it with out crying ... it's so impacting! I saw 'American Idol' as an opportunity to bring the same impact to the viewers on the show.” 

With his appearance on “American Idol,” and pursuits afterwards, Colton is realizing his dream. “Right after I was eliminated from the show ... I started writing for a future record,” he says. “I incorporated songs from the past and new ideas and I've really been writing ever since.”

Colton released his first album, A Messenger, with songs like: "More of You," "You Are" and "Never Gone" in 2013. “The theme of this album is just a chance for me to share what God's pulled me through,” Colton explains. “It's a chance for others to be impacted by that.” His song, “You Are,” shows the singer's heart for worship. “It's a song that basically says that God's in everything you're not,” he says. “When we're hurting God's always gonna be there to comfort us. He doesn't care how messy we are, he wants us. It's a chance for me to worship him through this song.”

While in Los Angeles for a rehearsal, Colton met his future wife, Annie Coggeshall. In 2015, he proposed to her at Disney World in Florida and the couple married on January 8, 2016. Colton's friend, and fellow Christian artist, Steven Curtis Chapman performed his song "Cinderella" during the father-daughter dance. The couple lives in Nashville, Tennessee.

Colton's latest album Identity released in February  2017 and includes the song "All That Matters."


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