New York City, NY (June 24, 2014) — Tennessee native Colton Dixon first caught the world’s eye when he rose through the ranks of thousands of contenders to finish seventh in the eleventh season of American Idol in 2012. Now Dixon—a groundbreaking new talent in the Christian music genre—is the latest addition to the roster of Steinway Artists, a select and prestigious group of pianists who have chosen to perform exclusively on The Family of Steinway-Designed Pianos. The twenty-two-year-old Dixon is in the company of such electric Steinway performers as Billy Joel, Lang Lang, Diana Krall, and Harry Connick, Jr. as well as immortal legends such as Vladimir Horowitz and Irving Berlin. He takes to the road this summer to support the release of his second album, Anchor.
Dixon’s first album, A Messenger, was released in 2013 to wide critical and popular acclaim. The album set the largest first-week sales record by a new solo Christian artist. Dixon was the No. 22 best-selling new artist across all genres, and A Messenger was the ninth top selling physical CD sold in all genres in 2013. The album was nominated for three Dove awards, winning in the category of “Best Contemporary Rock Album.” Dixon also received a nomination for a K-LOVE Fan Award in the Male Artist of the Year category.
Dixon’s forthcoming album, Anchor, was produced by David Garcia (TobyMac, Mandisa, Newsboys) and Red Decibel (Switchfoot, Kelly Clarkson, Jeremy Camp). He has also worked with renowned songwriters and artists such as David Garcia, Red Decibel, TobyMac, Trevor McNevan (TFK), Matthew West, Ben Glover and Matt Bronleewe. The debut single from the new album, “More of You,” was released in mid-June.
“I’m honored to be able to say I’m partnered with the best,” Dixon said about his new designation as a Steinway Artist.
“Steinway & Sons is delighted to welcome Colton into the family of Steinway Artists. His stunning work in the Christian music world is a wonderful addition to the diverse talents of the artists who perform on our pianos,” said Jenn Gordon, Manager of Concert & Artist Activities at Steinway & Sons. “It is an honor for Steinway to recognize, support, and cheer on Colton during this exciting time in his career.”
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