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American Idol Colton Dixon’s Debut Song No. 1 On Charts

Colton Dixon, 'Never Gone'Colton Dixon, Christian and believer and American Idol seventh-place finalist sees his debut song ‘Never Gone’ No. 1 on two charts.

By Norman Byrd, huliq.com, October 7, 2012:

Never gone? That seems to be a good way to describe seventh-place “American Idol” finalist Colton Dixon, considering that he left the hit reality show back in April and has been in the news periodically ever since because of the “LIVE! Tour.” He also recently made news when it was announced he had landed a major label recording contract with Sparrow Records. But “Never Gone” is the title of a Dixon song released to iTunes on Sept. 25. And now, AmericanIdol.com has announced, it is the title of his first No. 1song.

Double that. “Never Gone” topped both the Christian Digital Songs survey and the Christian/Gospel Digital Songs chart after its first week in release.

Not a bad way to start one’s career.

Dixon has been singing the contemporary Christian song while on the “American Idols LIVE! Tour 2012″ with the other Top 10 “Idol” finalists. He holds the distinction of being the first finalist allowed to perform a self-penned song.

The 21-year-old Tennesseean wrote of “Never Gone” on his Facebook page: “This song sums up my American Idol experience. There were times when I felt like I was by myself, or just felt unplugged from reality. There were even times when I asked God if He was still there…. He always answered with, “I never left you.” I hope that you can be encouraged by this song as I am. You are not alone. God is with you. His answer is and will always be, “I never left you.” He can see us even when we can’t see Him through our own lack of faith through the hard times. We just need to realize that God is standing with arms open right where we left Him. He never left.”

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Dixon’s topping the Christian Digital Songs chart makes him the third “Idol” alum to do so. Season 8 winner Kris Allen’s “Live Like We’re Dying” topped the chart for 24 weeks in 2010 and Season 4 winner Carrie Underwood’s “How Great Thou Art” reached the No. 1 spot for one week in 2011.

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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, however 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 sangDavid 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. (from Wikipedia)

(photo credit: Sparrow Records, Wikimedia Commons)

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