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'Breakthrough' for Jason Castro

Courtesy Photo Jason Castro first caught on as a contestant on "American Idol." He is now a rising Christian music singer. He joins Matthew West and Sidewalk Prophets on a tour Oct. 10 in Dickinson.

Into The Light Tour

Who: Matthew West, Sidewalk Prophets, Jason Castro

Where: Trinity High School Auditorium

When: 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10

Tickets: $20 general admission, $25 preferred advance, $28 day of show and $35 for the artist's circle. Tickets for the upcoming concert are available at Faith Expressions Christian Store in Dickinson or


More information: 605-342-6822.

"American Idol" finalist Jason Castro will play excerpts from his newest album, "Only a Mountain" during the "Into the Light" tour in Dickinson.

Castro will be joined by Matthew West and Sidewalk Prophets for a concert at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10 at the Trinity High School Auditorium.

"I've heard it said that music is the language of the soul," Castro said in a press release. "I think it's something God created for our souls to be able to rejoice in."

Recognized by his distinctive dreadlocks and blue eyes, Castro finds himself with the chance to rejoice with a new audience during the tour. The prospect, he said, is thrilling.

"This album, to me, is really kind of a breakthrough," he said.

The songs on "Only A Mountain" are fueled by "the realization that life is beautiful," Castro said. "What good can we do today? How can we be a light in the challenging world in which we currently live? This is just my story to tell."

Castro, 26, was reared in the church by a musical family and started playing drums when he was 11. He later joined his father in leading worship. He didn't really start to sing until he hit college and picked up the guitar. Not knowing if he was good enough to be a musician professionally, Castro took the "Idol" plunge.

"All I really had was a heart for it," he said.

That heart led him to a fourth-place finish on the show. Determined not just to be a TV star from "American Idol," he began touring with his band and has never stopped. The band has traveled around the world to such far-flung countries as Singapore and the Philippines.

"We get to play in front of thousands of people singing every word to my songs," he said. "It's just crazy -- like, these people don't even speak English."

People say his music gotten them through some heavy times.

"It just blows my mind, the power of music," Castro said.