Christian contemporary artist and American Idol season 11 alum Colton Dixon has been signed by Atlantic/Hear it Loud records. His next single “Miracles drops Jan 24.
“When my manager Zach [Kelm] said that Atlantic might be interested, I couldn’t really believe it,” Colton told Billboard magazine, where he made the announcement. “God is opening up doors and I’m excited to see what that would look like. At first, I thought they [Atlantic] would want to make me into something that I’m not, but the more we talked, the more I realized that they wanted to come alongside what we were already doing and provide some new territory to do that in. It’s been a great journey so far and I’m excited to have new product coming out.”
“Miracles” is Dixon’s first new music in three years. It follows the release of three No. 1 albums on Billboard’s Christian Albums Sales chart including 2013’s A Messenger, 2014’s Anchor and 2017’s Identity. Previously, the singer was signed with Capitol Christian Music Group’s Sparrow Records.
Colton co-wrote “Miracles” with Michael Jade and songwriter and producer busbee, who passed away from cancer last year. “We wrote three songs for my first project, including ‘You Are,’” Dixon says of the beloved songwriter who worked with P!nk, Kelly Clarkson, Maren Morris and many more. “He was such a great guy. I know he’s in heaven right now. He’s a believer. We talked about faith pretty much every time I was with him.”
“He was really, really great about coming alongside someone else’s vision and bringing his expertise to the table as well about making your idea be best as it could possibly be,” he said of busbee’s songwriting talent. “During the session, he had a Polaroid there at the studio. I guess he’d been doing that with several artists, which is such a great idea. That Polaroid I will hold onto until the day I continue on. It’s such a cool thing.”
Colton has been recording in Los Angeles working with producers Robopop (Maroon 5, Lana Del Rey) and Grant Averill (The Holdup). Because he is signed to Skillet’s Hear it Loud imprint, Skillet frontman John Cooper and his wife and bandmate Korey have also been contributing to the new record.
“It’s a whole new day,” Colton shared with Billboard on his new era. “I’ve turned the page with Capitol and ended on a great note, but, man, I don’t think I’ve ever been so excited to do music!”