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Colton Dixon: Giving Hope Through Music (ep. 628)

Colton Dixon

John O’Leary welcomes Colton Dixon, Dove Award nominee for Song of the Year, on the Live Inspired Podcast to share how his music gives hope to others.

As a singer-songwriter and musician, Colton Dixon – who appeared on season 11 of American Idol – turns personal truths, stories and experiences into universal anthems.

Recently nominated for the GMA Dove Song of the Year for his massive hit “Build a Boat,” Colton joins us to share his journey of faith, family and discovering his true calling.

Today, Colton helps us get into the holiday spirit with his beautiful original track “Home For Christmas”, bringing a modern, whimsical feel to the meaning of being home for Christmas.

My friends, join me in celebrating this life-giving man who will leave you inspired and full of hope.

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  • To help instill a strong family unit growing up, Colton’s parents showed him and sister that time together and being present was a priority.
  • Finding music as his calling: “I found it was amazing that a specific song would meet me at a specific time in my life and it would  bring so much clarity or hope.”
  • “There is going to be people more talented than you, but that doesn’t mean they have to outwork you.”
  • After trying out for Season 10 of American Idol and not making it to the finish line, he saw Season 11 as his sister Schlyer’s time to shine.
  • “Music is just a tool that I get to use to inspire people, to give people hope.”
  • In every interaction, it is either life giving or it is life taking. There is no neutral. Regardless if you have a “gift”, Colton reminds us of the importance of actively seeking to better yourself and those around you.
  • Colton admires his wife Annie for the work she does with the next generation of women by instilling confidence and identity into them.
  • Watch a portion of Colton’s outstanding National Anthem performance at a Kansas City Chiefs game in October 2023 with Taylor Swift in attendance.

Did you enjoy today’s episode? 

You’ll love my conversation with Fr. Ray Kelly. Affectionally known as the singing Irish priest, Fr. Ray Kelly became a worldwide sensation. The video of him singing a touching rendition of “Hallelujah” went viral with more than 80 million views. With an astonishing ability to connect with others through his remarkable singing, Fr. Ray joins us to share his fascinating journey from parish priest to Britain’s Got Talent fame. Don’t miss this early Christmas blessing that’s sure to delight. Listen to Fr. Ray Kelly on ep. 420.


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  1. Q. What is the best book you’ve ever read?
    A. Besides the Bible, The Bait of Satan by John Bevere and Battlefield of the Mind by Joyce Meyer.
  2. Q. What is a characteristic or trait that you possessed as a child that you wish you still exhibited today?
    A. Childlike faith. Trusting without any hesitation.
  3. Q. Your house is on fire, all living things and people are out. You have the opportunity to run in and grab one item. What would it be?
    A. My computer and my closet.
  4. Q. You are sitting on a bench overlooking a gorgeous beach. You have the opportunity to have a long conversation with anyone living or dead. Who would it be?
    A. Jesus, my grandfather and my wife.
  5. Q. What is the best advice you’ve ever received?
    A. My wife Annie has said, "don't think of the curve balls or the hard moments as setbacks, but rather think of them as setups for what God's doing next."
  6. Q. What advice would you give your 20-year-old self?
    A. Skip the red leather pants.
  7. Q. It’s been said that all great people can have their lives summed up in one sentence. How do you want yours to read?
    A. Well done, my good and faithful servant.