Colton Dixon – Keeps The Faith On American Idol

In what some may say is the true “shocker” of American Idol season 11 eliminations, last night we said farewell to Colton Dixon. He first came to our attention when he auditioned next to his sister, Schyler, in Season 10.  He was cut from the competition show failing to make it into the Top 24.  Colton Dixon, having no intentions to audition, returned once again in support of his sister hoping to make her Idol dreams come true.  The judges insisted on having Colton try out this year, so with the coaxing he joined his sister once more in auditioning. This time Colton made it all the way to coming in seventh place, before being eliminated in a shocking decision by voters *coughtheproducerscough*.

I am a fan Colton Dixon and him sharing his faith in an uncompromising way on a national television show is what kept me glued to the show….well that and the fact that I find him very cute! It’s no secret that mainstream television America doesn’t particularly like folks on its shows being all religious.  Though that premise is changing  with popular people like Jeremy Lin, Tim Tebow, the late Whitney Houston and countless others.

Colton Dixon made no effort to hide his faith and belief in Christ, making sure that he choose songs that not only made a connection to his personality and artistry but also to his faith.  Even if it wasn’t a gospel/CCM song, a lot of his song choices could easily make connections to God, especially in the way that Colton would deliver the songs.  It was like he would give the lyrics new meaning and have you thinking, this could have actually been a gospel song.  At one point it was even suggested that AI producers warned Colton to “cool it” and “tone it down” on all of his religious innuendoes.  Colton actually cleared that up and said that “the show’s producers sent all the contestants a “word of warning” that religious or political tweets might cost them votes, he said the show had been very supportive of his faith throughout the competition.”- HuffingtonPost

Now for me it was a surprise that on Wednesday nights episode Colton decided to sing Bad Romance by Lady Gaga.  I felt that it was a departure from his strategy for choosing songs that better suited him and his faith and I was turned off by it, but at the same time I also understood the choice.  I didn’t expect every song choice to gospel/inspirational and I think it would be unfair for others as well.  To me the performance  came off underwhelming and just not one of my favorites from him. Upon his elimination Colton has spoken out about his feelings on deciding to go with Bad Romance and the after effects: “I’ve taken pride in knowing who I am and really taking a stance in my faith. I  think in choosing ‘Bad Romance’ I turned off a lot of those voters, which are my  core voters,” Colton told us. “I’m sorry that I got caught up in the musicality of the performance this week instead of what it should have been, which is the  connection to a song that I normally bring every week.”-( catch more of that interview here –> Eonline.com Interview )

It is that humility towards God, his family, friends and his fans, that I believe will carry Colton on.  This isn’t the last that we’ve seen nor heard from Colton Dixon.  I am proud of the work he’s done.  I am inspired by his committment to do what God would have him to do, and to do it faithfully always giving God the glory no matter the platform.  I was amazed at his first performance of Lifehouse’s “Everything”.  I believe many at first didn’t “get it” but as Colton was allowed to sing his farewell song, he choose to do Everything once more, this time making it clear to us, to whom he belongs and is working on behalf for! To God be All the Glory!

Music Share || Deitrick Haddon ft Faith Evans “No Betta”

 With various parts of the country experiencing 80 degree weather, we are left wondering if we’ve skipped spring and have headed straight to summer?!  Well, with this new release from Deitrick Haddon feat. Faith Evans, let the wonder continue! You need to add this latest track to the list of songs you will bump cruising the streets with the top down to!! It’s been circling the web for a minute now, but “No Betta” is the first song to be released from the ‘A Beautiful Soul’  soundtrack and it’s starting to catch on…fast!!  I LOVE Faith Evans on this song, and Deitrick sounds wonderful too! This song just feels good all over which just adds to the lyrics that much more! I love the vibe of it! Check out “No Betta” below, but GO HERE for a sneak peek at ‘A Beautiful Soul’!

I Pray For You; You Pray For Me…

James 5:15-16-KJV  “15-And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him. 16-Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another,that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.”

Prayer is so important to ones walk with Christ. It is the direct connection of communication we have with God/Christ. Yesterday,  I was reminded of how important it is to pray for each other. One thing with me is that I am always wanting for others to be better off than myself. So I have no issue with praying for others and I seek to constantly do so!

Sometimes, the Holy Spirit will bring certain people to my mind. I will either have a thought about them or even dreams. I used to question why they came to mind, but I’ve learned that it’s best to go to God in prayer for them. Recently a buddy that I know online has been dealing with his mother being sick. I was urged to pray for his mother  a few days before he made the news public that she was sick again and was soliciting prayers. For the past few days I’ve been rocking out to my favorite gospel groups latest album and while praying had the urge to pray for them as a thought came to mind about their safety in traveling this coming week. So prayed a prayer of safety and covering over them and I even sent them a tweet bidding them safe travels. Yesterday, I learned that they were hit full speed by another vehicle that ran a traffic light. They were okay and no one was hurt!

In NO WAY am I saying that it is MY prayers that caused God to move on their behalf, I just find it amazing how God works! We can not afford to not pray for each other. You never know what someone is dealing with, or what could be lurking out there trying to destroy or harm them. God will cause people to pray on our behalf and stand in the gap to work out situations, even before they happen! He is always in control! I know for a fact that my mother praying for me while I was in college kept me from getting into worser troubles than I experienced. I know that folks coming together to pray for healing for someone has saved lives. I know that when the saints are gathered on one accord, that God hears and sees our faith and will move in the life of the one we are praying for.

You don’t have to be seriously deep or overly dramatic when you pray for someone. Just do it when the spirit tells you to! God knows the situation even before we begin to speak, I think He just wants to see if we will be faithful and selfless to act! So just take some time out each day to pray for others. And don’t ignore the calling on your spirit when someone is brought to your mind. There is a reason why they were brought to your attention and God just may need your prayer and faith to put into action the things He’s going to do for them! We are all here to hold each other up in this faith walk. Continue to stand in the gap for your families, friends, our country and its leaders, our youth, our churches, the whole body of Christ, the saved and unsaved; someones life could depend on it!