Jason Castro, the once dread-headed singer from American Idol season 7, has joined forces with his siblings for a new family band, Castro. Idol fans probably remember Jason’s younger brother Michael, who made it as far as Hollywood on season 8. Little sister Jackie was only 12 when Jason competed in 2008. Needless to say, she’s all grown up now.
The trio has just released their first single, “Diamond Dreams.”
Partnering with his siblings also means a lean back to pop music for Jason. After leaving an indelible mark on American Idol in with covers of “Hallelujah” and “Over the Rainbow,” the singer went on to sign with Warner Brothers records.
Jason’s post-Idol career started in pop music, with his 2010 self-titled debut. But shortly thereafter, the singer released Christian music on the label’s Word imprint. Impressively, the first single, “You Are” climbed to #11 on the hot Christian Songs chart in 2010.
As far as leaving the solo life behind, Jason, a father of two, told Yahoo Music that he had grown weary and lonely on tour. “I’m coming from a really different place this go-‘round,” he said. “Doing this has helped me get back to the root of what I love about music – and that’s the music, which is just better together.”
“We are so thrilled that the world is getting to hear us for the very first time. ‘Diamond Dreams’ captures our desire to dream big while also enjoying the little things. It was a joy to collaborate together on this song and to record it with the legendary Charlie Peacock,” Jackie said. The name Peacock should ring a bell. He not only worked with Grammy winners Civil Wars, but also helmed season 8 winner, Kris Allen’s 2014 release, Horizons.
Check out the jaunty and inspiring tune, “Diamond Dreams,” featuring lovely harmonies from the Castros, right here. Click to download it from iTunes
The Diamond Dreams EP comes out Sept. 2 via Fervent Records.