"Build a Boat" Interview with Colton Dixon

Colton Dixon is sitting down with Justin and Kim to talk about his new song, “Build a Boat!” What does faith look like when your calling from God doesn’t seem to make sense? Would we question Him? Would we go back and forth? Or would we walk in the direction he’s leading without hesitation like Noah? Listen to this fascinating interview with Colton Dixon!



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“Build a Boat” by Colton Dixon

Colton says that he was inspired to write a song about the insane faith that we are called to have in God. And the story of Noah seemed to just make sense. Faith is stepping out when you can’t see it and Noah was called to create a large boat in the middle of a drought. Sometimes God asks us to do things that don’t make sense to us in the moment.

Standing in obedience.

This song encourages all of us to stand in obedience to what God calls us to do, regardless of the circumstances or what the situation looks like. There is always a blessing of some kind waiting on the other side of crazy faith.

Colton mentioned his “crazy faith” moment being when he lost his record deal. It wasn’t something he saw coming. While wondering if music was even in his future he had to be reminded that maybe this is a step God is taking to set him up for what’s next in his life.



Getting to know more about Colton Dixon

Made to Fly by Colton Dixon

Colton Dixon’s song “Made to Fly” is about overcoming the struggles in life and rising above them.

A fantastic song to listen to when you’re feeling overwhelmed by the hustle and bustle of daily life, because it’s all too easy to rely on our own strength. It’s easy to forget that we serve a God who will give us the power we need for everyday challenges.

The lyrics of the song speak to the hope that we all have in Jesus. With the power of God on our side we were not meant to walk but we were made to fly. It’s about rising above the challenges and obstacles that life throws our way.

“But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” - Isaiah 40:31

“Made To Fly” is a great reminder from Colton that there is hope waiting for us on the other side and we shouldn’t be satisfied with walking. God made us to fly.

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How did Colton Dixon get started in music: Early Life

Colton Dixon got his start in music at a young age. He began singing in his local church, Saddleback Church while growing up. In addition to being a choir member throughout high school, he attended Middle Tennessee Christian School and graduated in 2010. He is a firm believer in Jesus and grew up serving in several worship services. He later became part of a Christian rock band called Messenger.

His experience on American Idol

When Colton Dixon was first announced as a contestant on American Idol, he was overwhelmed with excitement. He had always been a fan of the show, and he was thrilled to have the opportunity to compete on it. Unfortunately, his time on Idol Season 10 was cut short when he was voted off of the competition.

Coming back for Season 11

In American Idol Season 11 Colton Dixon was initially not going to audition, only accompanying his sister while she did so, but he was persuaded by the judges to do so. He performed “Permanent” by David Cook in Savannah. All three of the judges voted yes, sending him to the next round.

Colton Dixon finished seventh during Season 11 of American Idol, but that didn’t impede his success. 

Colton Dixon Christian music career

Despite not winning American Idol, Colton Dixon’s career took off after the show. He released his debut album A Messenger in January 2013, which debuted at number one on the Billboard Christian charts. His sophomore album Anchor was also successful, charting at number 23 on the Billboard 200 chart.

Colton Dixon’s family life

Just a few months after the finale of American Idol, Colton Dixon married his longtime girlfriend Annie. The two had been together for seven years prior to getting married.

In February 2020, Dixon announced that the couple were expecting. And in August of 2020, the Dixons welcomed twin girls into the world.

What are his musical influences?

Colton Dixon’s musical influences include rock, pop, and worship music. He has cited bands such as U2, Nirvana, Switchfoot, and Skillet as some of his favorites. Dixon has also been influenced by Christian artists such as TobyMac and Mandisa.

Where can I find more songs by Colton Dixon?

Check out Colton Dixon’s songs such as “Devil Is a Liar” and “Miracles” on JOY FM’s sister station, BOOST Radio, which plays pop and hip hop music.

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