Caleb Johnson: Singing to Tracks on the Idol Tour “Sucks”


In a new interview with The Hollywood Reporter, American Idol winner, Caleb Johnson, reveals how he feels about singing to tracks on the American Idol Live tour:

Johnson says he’s making the best of it. “You have to create those moments on your own,” he tells The Hollywood Reporter. “You really have to step outside your box and pull your energy from somewhere else. … It kind of sucks, but then again, you have to roll with it and make that magic happen regardless.”

This year, for the first time since season 1*, American Idol Live is touring without a band. The Top 10 finalists are singing and playing solo instruments to recorded tracks. And yes, it does suck.

The tour experience has been “nuts” said Caleb. “Most of the shows have been sold out or almost sold out. The energy has literally almost blown the roof off the place.”

Caleb also dished a little on his album, Testify, which is set to come out on August 12. It features co-writes with Blair Daly (Rascal Flatts’ “Stand”), James Michael (lead singer of Sixx:AM), Sam Hollander (Daughtry’s “Waiting for Superman”), Justin Tranter (lead singer of Semi Precious Weapons) and Dave Bassett (Shinedown’s “Second Chance”). Also, “Another Life” was written by Aloe Blacc.

Caleb revealed a few hints as to what the record will sound like:

Offering additional clues — “theatrical like Queen and Meatloaf,” “something almost R&B Stax Motown,” “heavy, stripped-down blues rock” — Johnson is looking forward to the next phased when he’ll put together his touring band for the fall.


Read the full article at The Hollywood Reporter

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