Past Idol on the One he idolizes

Colton Dixon
Colton Dixon

Colton Dixon shot to fame in 2012 after making it to the top seven on Season 11 of Fox's hit show, American Idol.

However, the singer with the tell-tale Mohawk haircut has come a long way since his "American Idol" days. He said in an interview that his faith plays a huge role in who he is in both his personal and professional life.

"I grew up in a Christian home, so it has been a part of my life for quite a long time," Colton says. "I decided to become a Christian when I was seven, so I was a young one, but I haven't turned back. It's just been such a big part of who I am and my music and what I want to do."

Despite turning to God at such a young age, Colton's faith was challenged when he made it on American Idol in 2011, revealing that the show forced him to rely on God in a way he never had before.

"I remember feeling so disconnected and so alone," he recalls. "I had not talked to my family or my friends in what seemed like weeks because I was so busy doing other things. I just had this kind of reassuring moment ... I knew God was still in this. I just needed to know I was doing the right thing, and after being encouraged and reassured of that, I was good to go."

Colton hopes that being open about his struggle on Idol can be an inspiration to fans going through a hard time.

"I think a lot of us struggle with doubt and other things and it is in those moments that our faith is tested," he says. "You can either grow in your faith or you can take a step backwards and I just want to encourage people to trust that God's right there."

Incredibly, American Idol allowed Colton to share his passion for Christ with over 20 million viewers.

However, he is the first to admit that being in the spotlight is never easy.

"God says that we are going to be held to a higher standard and especially for those up on stage, that's something to be expected," Colton explains. "It does make it difficult sometimes. I am not perfect by any means. I am human and I am going to make mistakes.

"It can be hard when I do slip up ... I am only being criticized instead of being lifted up."

The 26-year-old has released four studio albums since his American Idol Days, his most recent titled, Identity, which debuted at number one on the Top Christian Albums Chart.

His heartfelt performances on Idol brought him fame and success, but nothing will ever be more valuable to Colton than the love of his heavenly Father.

"I have tasted hopelessness," Colton concludes. "I know what heartache is. But somehow, through all of it, God's love remains."

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