“American Idol,” a reality singing competition show that has helped turn ordinary people into music super stars is coming to a close next month after 15 seasons on the air.
“Idol” will bid farewell with a packed finale full of performances by the show’s alumni, including Christian music’s Colton Dixon & Danny Gokey. The “American Idol” grand finale airs Thursday, April 7th 8-10:06pm ET on FOX.
Colton Dixon quickly became a household name in 2012 when he made it to the top seven on Season 11 of Fox’s hit show “American Idol,” and his career has been on the fast track ever since. Dixon’s 2013 debut, A Messenger, set the record for biggest first-week sales by a new solo Christian act, becoming the No. 1 selling album by a new Christian artist and the No. 9 best-selling album of 2013 in the Christian genre overall. In just a few short years, Dixon has already played live for more than 1 million fans, performing at festivals like Winter Jam and touring with acts such as Third Day, TobyMac and Casting Crowns. Colton Dixon has also been named the latest Steinway artist, following in the footsteps of legendary artists such as Harry Connick, Jr. and Billy Joel. Dixon’s sophomore effort ANCHOR includes the most played Hot AC single of 2014, “More Of You,” which spent three weeks at No. 1, as well as “Through All of It,” his fourth consecutive No. 1 at Hot AC Radio. In 2013, Dixon won a Dove Award for Best Rock/Contemporary Album Of The Year, along with two additional nominations. In 2015, ANCHOR was honored with the Dove Award for Rock/Contemporary Album of the Year. Dixon received back-to-back K-LOVE Fan Award nominations for Male Artist of the Year in 2014 and 2015. Dixon’s dual EPs Calm and Storm are available now.
Danny Gokey’s sophomore album Hope In Front Of Me debuted at No. 1 on multiple Nielsen SoundScan Billboard Contemporary Christian music sales charts. The title cut from the album was a multi-week chart topper and rounded out 2014 with placement on multiple Billboard Year End 2014 Christian charts including No. 7 on Christian Airplay Songs and No. 8 on Hot Christian Songs for “Hope in Front of Me.” He also landed Best of 2014 on iTunes in the Christian/Gospel format. An acclaimed singer and author, Danny Gokey made an indelible first impression with 2010’s record-breaking debut album, My Best Days with the best opening week for a debut album from a male country artist in almost two decades. He received an array of honors, including an American Country Awards nomination as “New/Breakthrough Artist of the Year.” Gokey is also active on many other fronts, including his role as founder of Sophia’s Heart. Named in honor of his late wife, the organization’s goals are to provide hope and help to homeless families in Nashville, and they also operate a thriving inner-city music and arts program in Milwaukee, WI.