COLTON DIXON , the 22-year old American singer from Murfreesboro, Tennessee, was placed seventh on the eleventh season of American Idol. His elimination from the contest in April 2012 came as a huge surprise … because Dixon had not put a foot wrong during the whole process.  After the show, judge Steven Tyler said that he was “beyond shocked.”

Following his elimination, Dixon started working on an album that would feature “faith-based music” but would do so without alienating a wider audience. His debut  “A Messenger” was released earlier this year.

Colton Dixon shortHis self-penned song “Never Gone” (with Adam Watts, Andy Dodd and Gannin Arnold) is from the album and is said to be about Dixon experiences of being on the American Idol show. It also refers a the religious feeling he has in his heart – he feels that God is ever-present and always caring.

We had a listen:

The ballad seems to follow a simple and widely used formula. Then the rock orchestra explodes with smooth power and enormous authority – and it’s then that you realise this is something special.

The lyrics may have a religious sentiment – but this is not slammed into your face. In fact, this could be a power ballad for lovers:“I’m still standing here /No I didn’t disappear”.

Although this is all totally safe, you still feel as if you are on the edge of your seat … being lifted by the song’s huge potential.  And that’s because Dixon’s vocals are so utterly confident and so astonishingly stirring.

– © Neil_Mach November 2013 –





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