Jason Castro (singer)

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Jason Castro
File:Jason Castro Disney Idol.jpg
Castro in the American Idol Experience motorcade at Walt Disney World
Background information
Birth name Jason René Castro
Born (1987-03-25) March 25, 1987 (age 35)
Dallas, Texas, United States
Genres Acoustic, pop, contemporary Christian
Occupation(s) Singer, songwriter
Instruments Vocals, guitar, drums, ukulele
Years active 2007–present
Labels Atlantic, Word
Associated acts Keeping Lions/Charlemagne, The Heavy Steadies, Caitlin Crosby, Castro
Website www.jasoncastromusic.com

Jason René Castro (born March 25, 1987) is an American acoustic/folk-pop/contemporary Christian singer and songwriter. He was the fourth place finalist on season seven of American Idol. After Idol, he signed a recording contract with Atlantic Records, and his self-titled debut album was released on April 13, 2010.

Early years

Castro was born in Dallas, Texas, and raised in Rowlett, Texas.[1] His parents, René and Betsy Castro, are Colombian and together with his younger siblings Michael and Jackeline (he was raised in a Spanish-speaking household.[2] Their father, René, is an architectural swimming pool designer.[3]

He attended Rowlett High School where he was a left winger on his school's soccer team and an honor student. He received a 1340 out of 1600 on his SAT.[4] Castro was a junior majoring in Construction Science at Texas A&M University in College Station on a full academic scholarship when he auditioned for American Idol.[5]

Castro has sported dreadlocks since his senior year of high school.[6] In 2014, symbolic of a spiritual reawakening, he cut his dreadlocks and has since worn his hair much shorter.[7]

Castro performed as a drummer with the rock band Charlemagne,[8] which later became Keeping Lions.[9] He has stated that his musical influences include Ray LaMontagne, Ben Harper, Bob Marley, Carlos Vives and Kirk Baxley.[10]

American Idol

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Castro during the American Idols Live! Tour, 2008


Castro auditioned for American Idol in Dallas, Texas, singing the Ray LaMontagne version of the song "Crazy". During a March 17, 2008 appearance on The Oprah Winfrey Show, judge Simon Cowell chose Castroas one of his four favorites in the competition, along with David Cook, David Archuleta, and Brooke White.[11] On April 12, Ryan Seacrest and the three judges appeared in Larry King Live, Larry King revealed the results of his website poll which asked "Whom do you want to win American Idol?" and said that Castro was in the lead.[12]

Castro played the guitar during the Top 24 performance night when he sang "(What A Day For A Daydream)". He was also the first contestant to play the ukulele on the show, played the instrument while singing Over The Rainbow.[13] Castro also sang in Spanish in a combination of Sting's "Fragile" and "Fragilidad" on March 25, 2008. Before he was eliminated, Castro was in the bottom three only once. He was voted off the competition on May 7, 2008.[14]


Castro's rendition of the song "Hallelujah," which he performed on American Idol, led to a surge of popularity for the Jeff Buckley cover of the Leonard Cohen song from the iTunes Store, propelling it to the number-one spot on the iTunes singles chart.[15][16] Buckley's version of the song sold 178,000 digital downloads in the week following Castro's performance, to debut at number one on Billboard's Hot Digital Songs chart.[17] According to the March 22, 2008, issue of Billboard, this was the highest boost in digital sales a song had ever received after being performed by a contestant on American Idol. It was the first time Buckley's version of the song charted on a Billboard chart, as well as the first U.S. number-one song on any chart for Buckley. Jason Castro’s rendition of the song propelled Jeff Buckley’s version to be certified gold and platinum as a single on April 22, 2008.[18]

Castro's version of the song "Hallelujah" briefly appeared in the number-one spot on the iTunes chart before it was removed due to the producers of American Idol not wanting any contestant to be favored.[19]


When a former Castro fansite erronously claimed that Castro's charity was GLOW Ministries, the organisation based in Zeeland, Michigan received a lot of donations and attention to their cause.[20][21]

Castro's father had been instrumental in starting a soccer ministry at Lake Pointe Church to reach out to the community. Jason played soccer in high school and has been to Russia three times with Higher Goal Soccer Ministry.[22]

On December 13, Castro performed alongside R&B singer Patti LaBelle for a Christmas concert in Garland, Texas, benefiting the Best Education Foundation, an organization that supports the city's school district.[23] He also auctioned himself off for charity courtesy of the Grammy Foundation and MusiCares.[24]


Week # Theme Song choice Original artist Order # Result
Top 24 (12 Men) 1960s "Daydream" The Lovin' Spoonful 11 Safe
Top 20 (10 Men) 1970s "I Just Want to Be Your Everything" Andy Gibb 2 Safe
Top 16 (8 Men) 1980s "Hallelujah" Leonard Cohen 7 Safe
Top 12 Lennon–McCartney "If I Fell" The Beatles 4 Safe
Top 11 The Beatles "Michelle" The Beatles 8 Safe
Top 10 Year They Were Born "Fragile" Sting 2 Bottom 31
Top 9 Dolly Parton "Travelin' Thru" Dolly Parton 4 Safe
Top 8 Inspirational Music "Over the Rainbow" Judy Garland 3 Safe
Top 7 Mariah Carey "I Don't Wanna Cry" Mariah Carey 7 Safe
Top 6 Andrew Lloyd Webber "Memory" Elaine Paige 2 Safe
Top 5 Neil Diamond "Forever in Blue Jeans"
"September Morn"
Neil Diamond 1
Top 4 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame "I Shot the Sheriff"
"Mr. Tambourine Man"
Bob Marley
Bob Dylan
  • ^1 Castro was the first person declared to be safe on this elimination night.


After his elimination Castro made a number of television appearances including on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and The Ellen DeGeneres Show

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Castro signing autographs during the American Idols Live! Tour, 2008

Castro returned to the Idol stage for the seventh season finale and was the only top-12 finalist who performed a solo. He sang "Hallelujah".

When he returned to his hometown of Rockwall, TX, Thursday, May 29, 2008, he had the experience of having the day declared "Jason Castro Day." Castro was honored with a parade and a ceremony/concert,[25] one of the largest events in the city's history.[26][27] Castro completed the American Idols LIVE! Tour 2008 with his fellow contestants during the summer. The tour ran from July 1, 2008, to September 13, 2008.

He recorded "Hallelujah" in Toronto, Canada, for the Mexican-Colombian indie film, Amar a Morir, which premiered in the spring of 2009.[28][29] In 2008 he also took part in the "I Am Second" campaign, openly discussing his Christian faith.[30] Castro signed a management deal with Hard8Mgt.[31]

On November 29, 2008, Castro performed a live concert with his band, The Heavy Steadies, at the Flytrap Music Hall in Tulsa, Oklahoma; the concert included new songs from his album. On December 15, Castro released the Christmas song, "White Christmas" as a free download through Amazon.com as a gift for his fans. On December 24, 2008, Castro performed "White Christmas" at Lake Pointe Church's Christmas program. Castro performed the full version of "Hallelujah" at the world premiere of Amar a Morir on January 23 at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival.[32]

On April 12, 2010, on Atlantic Records he released his self-titled album Jason Castro. He worked with songwriter, producer, and Idol judge, Kara DioGuardi and producer John Fields.[33] Fellow Atlantic Records artist Serena Ryder appears with Castro on a duet titled "You Can Always Come Home". Castro sang "Over the Rainbow" and his second single "That's What I'm Here For" at the wedding of The Bachelor stars Jason Mesnick and Molly Malaney on February 27, 2010, for ABC's taping of The Bachelor: Jason and Molly’s Wedding.[34]

In July 2010, Castro appeared in two episodes of The Bold and the Beautiful as himself.[35]

Castro appeared in a small role in the GMC television movie The Perfect Summer in 2012.[36]

2009–2010: Debut album, EP, singles and promotion

File:Jason Castro in Manila 2010.jpg
Castro in the Philippines to promote his EP and album

On August 18, 2009, Castro performed his new single "Let's Just Fall In Love Again" on a live video webchat from his website, as well another song titled "It Matters to Me." Castro's label, Atlantic Records, released presales of the album and offered the single as a free download to buyers.[37] Castro's album was to be released in November 2009 but was pushed to an early 2010 release date. "Let'sJust Fall In Love Again" entered Billboard's Heatseekers Songs chart at No. 15 and Hot Digital Songs at No. "Let's Just Fall In Love Again" was used by Overstock.com for a television commercial. 57.[38] A music video for the single premiered on October 14, 2009. Castro released a debut EP in January 2010 titled The Love Uncompromised EP. Castro completed a tour with Matt Hires and Caitlin Crosby and traveled to Malaysia, Singapore, and The Philippines to promote his EP and album. He then toured a second time with band Camera Can't Lie and his younger brother Michael as his opening acts to promote his album.[citation needed]

2012–2013: Only a Mountain

Castro released a five song EP on August 28, 2012.[39] His third album, Only a Mountain, was released on January 15, 2013.[40]

Music with younger siblings

Castro has released covers on iTunes with his two younger siblings, Michael and Jackie, both of whom are also singer-songwriters. The three siblings also formed a group called Castro, and in May of 2015 they released their first music video for the original song "Rock and Roll."[41]

Personal life

Castro was the love interest of Cheyenne Kimball on her MTV reality show, Cheyenne and was also featured in her music video for "Hanging On".[42]

On October 31 on Halloween in 2009, Castro proposed to Mandy Mayhall, an alumna of the University of Oklahoma, a Kappa Kappa Gamma member and his girlfriend of a year and a half. They began dating in 2008 when Castro's Idol stint began but first became friends in high school at Rowlett High School.[43][44] Mayhall made a brief cameo in Castro's music video for "Let's Just Fall In Love Again."

Castro and Mayhall were married on January 2, 2010, in his hometown and now reside in Dallas.[45] The couple's first daughter was born in August 2011.[46] On January 8, 2015, Castro and his wife announced that they were having another baby girl.[47] Their second daughter was born on June 3, 2015.[48]



  • The Perfect Summer (2012)
  • Jason Castro The Perfect Tour (2015)


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