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'American Idol' Winner Caleb Johnson Heads Out on Tour, Leaves Finale Dates Open


By Michele Amabile Angermiller | March 27, 2015 10:51 PM EDT

American Idol season-13 winner Caleb Johnson is hitting the road.

The Asheville, North Carolina native announced on Twitter that he will embark on a 14-date tour beginning on May 2 at Harrah's Cherokee Casino Resort, Cherokee, NC. It's his first headlining trek and concludes on May 27 in his home state, with a noticeable one week hole in the schedule that coincides with the American Idol finale scheduled for May 12 and 13.

In another pair of firsts, Johnson has released a music video for the song "Fighting Gravity" from his debut album Testify. The powerful clip focuses on a young cancer patient as Johnson performs solo on piano.

Johnson's inspiration for the video came from visiting sick children at Asheville's Mission Hospital. "I wanted to create an emotional connection and raise awareness of a disease that tragically affects so many families," said the 23-year-old. "I hope people will be inspired to lend support to people they know that are going through similar experiences."

The poignant visual was directed by Mark Saubach (American Authors, Travie McCoy, Dirty Heads).

See Johnson's tour dates below:

5/2 Harrah's Cherokee Casino Resort Cherokee, NC
5/3 Terminal West Atlanta, GA
5/4 The Foundry Athens, GA
5/5 Soul Kitchen Mobile, AL
5/7 Music Farm Columbia, SC
5/8 Amos' SouthEnd Charlotte, NC
5/9 The Basement Columbus, OH
5/10 Jammin' Java Vienna, VA RSVP
5/16 Cone Denim Entertainment Center Greensboro, NC
5/19 WorkPlay Birmingham, AL
5/20 EXIT/IN Nashville, TN
5/22 Mercury Ballroom Louisville, KY
5/23 Altar Bar Pittsburgh, PA
5/27 Lincoln Theatre Raleigh, NC