Colton Dixon Joins the Third Day Miracle Tour (Schedule)

American Idol Season 11 alum, Colton Dixon, will be hitting the road this spring, opening for Christian rock band, Third Day. The tour begins on February 21 in Fairfax VA, wrapping up the 45 city tour in mid-May.  Check out the press release and tour dates below.

Four-time GRAMMY® Award-winning bandThird Day will hit the road again this spring to headline The Miracle Tour, a 45-city trek featuring “American Idol” finalist Colton Dixon and singer-songwriter Josh Wilson as special guests. The Miracle Tour will launch Feb. 21, in Fairfax, Va., and will hit major markets like Memphis, Dallas, Birmingham, Atlanta, Nashville, Indianapolis, Grand Rapids, Chicago and many more before wrapping up in mid-May.

The Miracle Tour takes its name from Third Day’s brand new studio project, Miracle, releasing Nov. 6.  With veteran producer Brendan O’Brien (Bruce Springsteen, Pearl Jam, Train, The Killers) at the helm, Miracle is a 12-track simmering brew of potent rock anthems infused with the substantive, life-affirming lyrics that have always been the bedrock of Third Day’s music. At the same time, the band explores new sonic and lyrical territory on Miracle, with layered guitars and harmonies, sing-along gang vocals, and so on – not heard from the band previously. The band’s signature rock foundations remain; they’ve just been infused with a modern-day flair.

“We have toured for so many years and feel like we owe any success we have to the fans that built Third Day,” says drummer David Carr. “These songs are engaging musically and lyrically; we worked hard to stretch ourselves for the people who come to our shows and buy our music. We poured so much into this record because we wanted to bring our fans our very best. We are proud of Miracle and can’t wait for people to hear it.”

A special VIP package will be available for The Miracle Tour ticket buyers, including a premium-seat concert ticket, an exclusive Third Day tour poster, a Miracle CD and entry to a special pre-show event. A group ticket package will be offered, along with Fan Club pre-sale dates.

The Miracle Tour is sponsored in part by Christian humanitarian organization World Vision (www.worldvision.org) and Grand Canyon University ( www.gcu.edu). World Vision provides assistance to approximately 100 million people in nearly 100 countries by tackling poverty and injustice.

ABOUT THIRD DAY 
During the last decade, Atlanta-based, multi-Platinum rock band Third Day (comprising members Mac Powell, Tai Anderson, David Carr and Mark Lee) has racked up 27 No. 1 radio singles and sold more than seven million albums, including two RIAA Platinum as well as eight Gold certifications.  A Georgia Music Hall of Fame inductee (2009), Third Day has garnered 24 career GMA Dove Awards from 42 nominations, four GRAMMY Awards (with 11 career nominations), an American Music Award (with four American Music Award nominations) and multiple ASCAP honors, including its coveted Vanguard Award, for songwriting.  Long known as Christian music’s premier live band, Third Day has played for audiences reaching into the millions all around the world.  Third Day has been featured by top media outlets including “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” (NBC), “The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson” (CBS), “60 Minutes” (CBS), ABC’s “Nightline,” USA Today, the New York Times and even graced the cover of Billboard magazine, which called Third Day “one of the best rock bands.” Third Day will release its 12th Studio album titled Miracle on Nov. 6, 2012.  For more information on Third Day, please visit:www.ThirdDay.comwww.facebook.com/ThirdDay or www.providentpress.com.

ABOUT COLTON DIXON 
American Idol Season 11 top-10 finalist Colton Dixon recently signed a major recording deal with EMI CMG Label Group/Sparrow Records, with plans to release his anticipated debut album in January of 2013. The album’s first single, titled “You Are,” is currently impacting radio stations across the country. A Tennessee native, Dixon participated in the American Idol LIVE! Tour and debuted “Never Gone,” an original song which will appear on his upcoming album, marking the first time an Idol contestant has performed an original song, which he or she has co-written, on anyAmerican Idol tour. Dixon’s past television performances include “The Tonight Show,” “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” “The Today Show,” “Live! With Kelly” and “Access Hollywood.” For more information, visit www.coltondixon.com or www.facebook.com/coltondixonmusic.

ABOUT JOSH WILSON 
Pop singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Josh Wilson releases his highly anticipated brand new studio album this coming Spring 2013. The Sparrow Records artist’s major-label debut, Trying to Fit the Ocean in a Cup, was met with critical acclaim, hailed by Christian Retailing as “the future of Christian pop” and named among the Top Ten Best Albums that year by GospelMusicChannel.com. Additionally, Billboard has named Wilson one of the most played artists at Christian radio. He has released numerous No. 1 hits, including “Savior Please,” “I Refuse” and the powerful track “Before the Morning,” which landed the No. 4 spot on Billboard’s Year-End Christian Songs chart. He has had four consecutive Top 10 AC singles, and his songs have appeared on the past three WOW compilation CDs. Wilson also attracted national media attention and a breakout viral video when he had travelers at the Newark airport breakout in “Hey Jude” during a 6-hour security lockdown. For more information, visit www.JoshWilsonMusic.com.

THIRD DAY – THE MIRACLE TOUR – SPRING 2013 
*Additional dates to be added. Dates, markets and venues subject to change without notice.

FEBRUARY 

2/21 Patriot Center Fairfax, VA
2/22 Vine Center - Lynchburg, VA
2/28 Wicomico Civic Center Salisbury, MD

MARCH 
3/1 Glenn Falls Civic Center Green Falls, NY
3/2 Tsongas Center Lowell (Boston), MA
3/3 Bangor Auditorium Bangor, ME
3/7 Akron Baptist  Akron, OH
3/8 St. Francis University Ft Wayne, IN
3/9 Freedom Hall Johnson City, TN
3/14 John Paul Jones Charlottesville, VA
3/15 Bi-Lo Center Greenville, SC
3/16 Mobile Civic Center - Mobile, AL
3/21 Charleston Civic Center Charleston, WV
3/22 Sovereign Center Reading, PA
3/23 War Memorial Arena Johnstown, PA
3/24 Grove City Church Columbus, OH

APRIL
4/4 Broadmoor Baptist Jackson, MS
4/5 Hope Church Memphis, TN
4/6 Verizon Theater Grand Praire, TX
4/11 Verizon Arena Little Rock, AR
4/12 BCJJ  Birmingham, AL
4/13 Fox Theater Atlanta, GA
4/14 St Augustine Amphitheatre St Augustine, FL
4/19 Allen Arena Nashville, TN
4/20 GSO Special Events Center Greensboro, NC
4/21 Abbott House Chattanooga, TN
4/24 Tulsa Convention Center Tulsa, OK
4/25 Heartland Events Center Grand Island, NE
4/26 Cheyenne Civic Center Cheyenne, WY
4/27 Union Coliseum Civic Center Greeley, CO

MAY
5/1  Northview Church Indianapolis, IN
5/2 Northview Church  Indianapolis, IN
5/3 Elm Brook Church Brookfield, WI
5/4  Kentwood Community Church Grand Rapids, MI
5/7 ASU Convention Center Jonesboro, AR
5/9 All Nations Community Church Chicago, IL
5/10 SE Christian Church Louisville, KY

  • julesb2183

    Hmmmm. . . . I’ll have to travel to Wyoming or Colorado to see this. . . :)

  • http://twitter.com/eilonwya10 Eilonwy

    julesb2183, the “additional dates to be added” disclaimer is very believable, as the tour is partly sponsored by Grand Canyon University but has no dates yet in GCU’s home state. 

    Third Day’s discography is impressive, so this tour should put Dixon in front of a good-sized audience of Christian rock lovers. Good for him.

  • julesb2183

     Yeah – hope they add dates that are closer to me. I’ll keep checking back. I does seem like a great opportunity for him.

  • breakdown

    Third Day is fabulous but be prepared for a little preaching.

  • girlygirltoo

    This tour should really help Colton get in front of the Christian music crowd, especially the Christian rock audience. I’ve never actually heard any of Third Day’s music (have they ever crossed over to mainstream rock radio?) but they are definitely huge stars in the Christian genre. Good job by whoever got Colton on this tour.

  • http://twitter.com/eilonwya10 Eilonwy

    I’ve never actually heard any of Third Day’s music (have they ever crossed over to mainstream rock radio?) 

    Nope, they’re not a band that crosses over.  With a handful of exceptions, their songs are quite explicitly religious — not the sort of music where the symbolism could be about Jesus or not, but the sort where the Biblical or common preaching references are unmistakable.

    This tour seems to confirm that Dixon’s initial focus is going to be on building a firm base in his genre of CCM. As a matter of strategy, I think this is great: it means his team is at least trying to set him up to be a long-distance runner in one specific genre rather than focusing on the biggest possible cash-in from his Idol fame.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_AGWO435FL6UN2ICRVTFLWRJZSA Lexie

    Congrats to Colton–this is a fantastic opportunity.  Wow.

  • beck1982

    OMG Colton is literally going to be minutes from my house, like 5 to be exact. I live in Salisbury MD and the Civic Center is around the corner from me OMG. And the restaurant I work at is around the corner too, maybe he’ll come eat there! Ahhhhh!! Lol.

  • CFIdolsfan

    He was just on the Christian radio station listen to, the Joy FM in Sarasota, FL, this past Thursday. I saw a picture of him with Mac Powell earlier in the year, I believe during the week that the Dove Awards were taking place back in April. Third Day and Josh Wilson are both awesome. Josh is known to use unusual “instruments.” One of the morning hosts on my Christian station played the toaster on a song of his, if you can believe that, lol. He is one mad guitar player, with an awesome version of “Amazing Grace.” So glad for Colton. Love his “You Are.”

  • kaylietoo

    This is a very impressive tour, and I’m so happy for Colton.

  • durbesque

    They’ll be an hour from me on a Saturday night!  Very tempting.  The other opener, Josh Wilson, has a lot of hits.  Guess Colton will go on first.  Will look up all those guys…see if they draw me in. 

  • Susan

    I was helping decorate a co-worker’s office today for his 50th birthday and there was an autographed picture on his desk of Third Day.  I’d never heard of them, but as he’s very… Christian, I assumed they were some kind of Christian music group.  Now I know!

  • coltoniseverything

    Oh-Happy-Day……News I have been waiting to hear……Wonderful opportunity for
    Colton….His dream has been realized……

  • http://MJO judes

    This is great news for Colton. We have a few albums of Third Days music.They are great. This gives me hope that some time in the future Colton may visit Australia as we have had several Christian artists come in the past who sometimes travel together.[ more likely anyhow than if he went the normal Idol route]. Christian artists aren’t looking for mega stardom but want to share the message of their songs with as many people as they can.

  • steph6449

    Good for Colton, I love Third Day.

    On a shallow note, there is a lot of hair look going on in that poster of the three acts lol.

  • Incipit

    Well good for him. That’s what he wanted to do, as I understood it, back during the show, when I was paying any attention. 

    All the people from Idol who go into Christian or Folk, or Country music fall off the face of the earth, for me…and there seems to be a large number. If it weren’t for mj’s I would never hear what became of them. 

    Good to know things are going well for Colton.

  • steph6449

    The lead singer Mac Powell has been doing some crossover to country lately. I think I read he wants to put out a country solo album.

    Which surprised me as Third Day is very rock.

  • http://twitter.com/eilonwya10 Eilonwy

    The lead singer Mac Powell has been doing some crossover to country lately. I think I read he wants to put out a country solo album.

    Not only did he want to, he did it! The results were apparently more a ripple than a splash, as Mac Powell was released on August 31 and peaked at #66 for country albums and #31 on Heatseekers. 

    Here are the detes, from Billboard — it seems that Powell was bored in the hiatus between finishing Third Day’s upcoming album and the album release, so he decided what the hey, he’d make a country solo album and see if any label wanted to release it. (No — he self-released.) It was never intended to have any impact on Third Day’s plans.

    I’m happy you pointed this out as I didn’t know it… but this is soooooo what musicians do (“I’m boooooored… I could reorganize my sock drawer or… I could start a side project!”). 

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Elyse-Howdershell/100000899487035 Elyse Howdershell

    So exciting!  Hope I get to see them play the new album..has everyone checked out the vid for “I Need A Miracle?”

    Watch it here: www.thirdday.com