In the tradition of rock & roll’s most iconic performers, Caleb Johnson turns his own passion and unrest into music with a fierce and gut-punching but wildly uplifting emotional power. Winner of the thirteenth season of American Idol, the 24-year-old North Carolina native has already electrified audiences of millions with his commanding vocals and a fiery energy that honors his longtime love of all things rock!
Johnson’s singing breakthrough happened at a high school talent show in his hometown of Asheville, when his performance of a Creedence Clearwater Revival song left the crowd floored. “When I heard the audience erupt, it just gave me the chills and I realized that making music was what I wanted to do with my life,” he says. “After that, I started singing every day and just immersed myself in the craft of performing and tried to hone that in. It was completely my passion.” Forming his first band in 2010 and spending the next few years touring regionally and cutting an album, Johnson made his way onto the thirteenth season of American Idol and eventually seized his victory by reworking songs from the likes of Led Zeppelin, The Black Crowes, Faces, and the Rolling Stones with his deeply passionate delivery. As he moves forward with his music Johnson notes a guiding principle of his songwriting is to build off his Southern roots with sounds and textures discovered through his years of exploring all strains of rock & roll. “Being from the South is something that gets into your blood and your soul, and I think that comes out very clearly in my music,” he says. Also fascinated by the over-the-top vocals and macabre imagery of heavy metal—and with ambitions of someday diving into film-directing and making a movie that honors his loves of rock & roll and horror—Johnson tempers his more unbridled influences with a sense of songcraft inspired by seminal melodists like Bernie Taupin and Paul McCartney.
Johnson is currently working in Nashville, with celebrated musician/producer Bryan Sutton, on his forthcoming EP, which will be available later this year via Pledge Music. The 1st track released, HOLDING ON, debuted at #1 on the iTunes Rock Chart and is available now through all digital platforms.
“I’ve teamed up with PledgeMusic (http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/calebjohnson) so that you [the fans] can order a variety of awesome merchandise items, signed products and special experiences that won’t be available anywhere else. Everyone will receive the EP on the day of release as a digital download and an instant grat-track of my first single ‘Holding On’, as soon as you order!”
For Caleb, this is a labor of love and a way to show his gratitude to all of the people that have supported him from his humble beginnings in Ashville, NC to winning season 13 of American Idol and beyond.