Colton Dixon

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Colton Dixon (born on October 19, 1991) is an American singer from Murfreesboro, Tennessee. He placed seventh on the eleventh season of American Idol.

Early life

Colton Dixon was born on October 19, 1991, to parents Michael and Teresa Dixon. He was born and raised in a middle-class family in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, along with younger sister, Schyler. His father runs a face painting/air brush company, and his family has a Maltese dog named Maggie, a dog named Ozzy, and a cat named Chloe. Besides being a choir member throughout high school, Dixon was into skimboarding and collecting bobbleheads. In 2008, he was an extra during the filming of "Hannah Montana: The Movie". He graduated from Middle Tennessee Christian School in 2010. He is a devout Christian, and has sung at several worship services including at Saddleback Church. He and Schyler are part of a Christian rock band called Messenger. He sees himself going into Christian music and will release his debut album A Messenger with EMI-CMG/Sparrow Records on January 29, 2013. Chris Daughtry and Hayley Williams are his favorite male and female artists. Other musical influences include Paramore, 30 Seconds to Mars, Lifehouse, Evanescence, Switchfoot, Skillet, and The Fray.

American Idol


Colton Dixon originally auditioned in the tenth season, along with his sister Schyler, at the Nashville auditions. However, neither of them ended up in the Top 24. Dixon performed on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on March 3, 2011.

Dixon returned in season 11, but he did not plan to audition, initially planning to merely accompany his sister Schyler to her audition. The judges implored Dixon to audition as well, where he sang David Cook's "Permanent". Both he and Schyler were awarded golden tickets. Schyler was cut yet again during the Las Vegas round, which brought him to tears.

On his final judgement performance, Dixon performed Coldplay's "Fix You" and dedicated it to his sister, Schyler. On February 23, 2012, Dixon was placed in the season 11 Top 25. In the semi-finals, he performed Paramore's "Decode". He was one of the top five male vote getters and advanced into the Top 13.

Guest performer on the Top 13 Results night and runner-up of American Idol season 10 Lauren Alaina named Dixon and fellow contestant Jessica Sanchez as her two favorites to win the competition. His elimination on April 19, 2012 was considered a big surprise because he had never been in the bottom three. After the show, judge Steven Tyler said that he was "beyond shocked" at Dixon's elimination.


Episode Theme Song choice Original artist Order # Result
Audition Auditioner's Choice "Permanent" David Cook N/A Advanced
Hollywood Round, Part 1 First Solo "Only Hope" Switchfoot N/A Advanced
Hollywood Round, Part 2 Group Performance Not aired N/A Advanced
Hollywood Round, Part 3 Second Solo "What About Now" Daughtry N/A Advanced
Las Vegas Round Songs from the 1950s
Group Performance
"Dedicated to the One I Love" The "5" Royales N/A Advanced
Final Judgment Final Solo "Fix You" Coldplay N/A Advanced
Top 25 (13 Men) Personal Choice "Decode" Paramore 4 Advanced
Top 13 Stevie Wonder "Lately" Stevie Wonder 5 Safe
Top 11 Year They Were Born "Broken Heart" White Lion 7 Safe
Top 10 Billy Joel "Piano Man" Billy Joel 10 Safe
Top 9 Their Personal Idols Solo "Everything" Lifehouse 1 Safe
Trio "Landslide" / "Edge of Seventeen" / "Don't Stop"
with Phillip Phillips & Elise Testone
Fleetwood Mac / Stevie Nicks 3
Top 8 Songs from the 1980s Duet "Islands in the Stream"
with Skylar Laine
Kenny Rogers & Dolly Parton 3 Safe
Solo "Time After Time" Cyndi Lauper 7
Top 7 Songs from the 2010s Solo "Love the Way You Lie" Skylar Grey 2 Safe
Duet "Don't You Wanna Stay"
with Skylar Laine
Jason Aldean & Kelly Clarkson 6
Top 7 Songs from Now & Then "Bad Romance" Lady Gaga 2 Eliminated
"September" Earth, Wind & Fire 9
  • ^ Due to the judges using their one save on Jessica Sanchez, the Top 7 remained intact for another week.


Following his elimination, Dixon appeared on various shows. He performed a rendition of "Everything" by Lifehouse on Live! with Kelly on April 23, 2012. He treated Access Hollywood viewers to a reprise of the same swan song. He had a guest appearance on The Today Show on April 24, 2012. He came back to The Ellen DeGeneres Show to perform Billy Joel's "Piano Man" on April 26, 2012. Dixon and fellow contestant Elise Testone performed on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on April 27, 2012. He was invited to the White House Correspondents Dinner as a special guest of the Christian Broadcasting Network on April 28, 2012. He also started collaborating with Brandon Heath. He debuted an original song called "Never Gone" at the American Idols LIVE! Tour 2012. Colton says he wants his debut album to feature "faith-based music" without alienating a wider audience. Colton's album is set to release in early 2013 through Sparrow Records. He released the original song he performed on the Idol tour, "Never Gone," on iTunes September 25, 2012. His debut single entitled "You Are" hit U.S. radio airwaves on October 19, 2012. and was released on iTunes on October 30, 2012. On January 3, 2013 Dixon led the song "Jesus Paid It All" at the Passion 2013 Conference.



Studio albums

Title Details Peak chart positions Certifications
A Messenger
  • Release date: January 29, 2013
  • Label: 19/EMI CMG/Sparrow Records
  • Formats: CD, digital download


Year Single Peak chart positions Sales Album
2012 "You Are" 20 22
  • US: 47,000
A Messenger

Promotional singles

Year Title Peak chart positions Sales Album
2012 "Never Gone" 113 1
  • US: 28,000
A Messenger

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