‘Not typical cookie-cutter Christian singer’

On Friday, Oct. 25 Warren music fans will have the opportunity to listen to Colton Dixon at the Struthers Library Theater.

Dixon, a Christian music artist, was on back-to-back seasons of American Idol. Although he only reached seventh place in Season 11, Dixon said he continues to sell records at an amazing rate.

It was also a learning experience for the singer. “It really was (meaningful). I learned so much about the music industry and about myself,” he said during a phone interview on Friday.

“I started singing Christian music when I was young. I’m not the typical cookie-cutter Christian singer. I try to encourage everyone who is willing to listen,” he added.

He said that when he sings about personal experiences, the music comes from the heart and fans recognize and react to that.

Dixon, who is from Murfreesboro, Tenn., said he is working on an album with EMI CMG Label Group/Sparrow Records that will be released at the beginning of next summer. He begins recording on Monday, Oct. 21.

“A lot of the songs I’ve co-written, because it means so much more in the Christian genre when it comes from the artist,” he noted.

In November and December he will go on his “Hits Deep Tour.” The Warren concert is not part of a tour.

Dixon said he and his sister Schyler have the same God-given musical talent, and recognizes that it is for a purpose greater than himself.

His hometown is only about 30 miles from Nashville, so when speaking about his concerts he said, “The coolest so far was Nashville. There were so many familiar faces, friends and family.”

Sue Spencer, artistic director for the Struthers Library Theatre, said, “Opening for Colton Dixon is the band Good Little Giants. Singer/songwriter/guitarist Scott Phillips has spent over a decade touring the country as a full-time independent artist. After four full-length solo releases, he has partnered with instrumentalist/singer Shane Maze, singer Kira Spencer and instrumentalist Jason McKinney to form Good Little Giants.”

Phillips is an area native, and the band frequently plays at venues in Warren and Chautauqua counties.