Ex-'American Idol' finalist Jason Castro signs with Atlantic Records
By Christopher Rocchio, 04/13/2009
Atlantic Records confirmed that it has signed former seventh-season American Idol finalist Jason Castro and will release his debut album later this year.
The dreadlocked 21-year-old first announced he had inked a deal with Atlantic Records during a recent interview with Billboard.com.
"I've found a home at Atlantic Records," he told Billboard. "We're preparing to put an album together and hopefully get it out by summertime. That's the goal."
Castro was the fourth-place finisher during Idol's seventh season last spring. His most memorable Idol performance was of the Leonard Cohen-penned "Hallelujah," which he subsequently re-recorded for inclusion on the Amar A Morir soundtrack.
Castro is currently working on his debut album, which will include collaborations with new Idol judge Kara DioGuardi and Grammy Award-winning producer John Fields, and songwriters Martin Terefe, Sacha Skarbek, Guy Chambers, and Jason Reeves.