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Caleb Johnson talks 'Testify' album, 'Fighting Gravity' and tour SPECIAL

By Markos Papadatos Apr 7, 2015 in Music

American Idol season 13 winner Caleb Johnson chatted with Digital Journal about his latest album "Testify," tour, and his lead single "Fighting Gravity."

Regarding his new single "Fighting Gravity," Johnson said, "Last year, I was working on my album and that song was the first one that I wrote for the album. I co-wrote it with two great writers, Brian Howes and Lenny Skolnik. I was on the road last year performing that song, and people would come up to me after the show and say that it really got them through a hard time. It was a song of comfort for people, since it revolved around the loss of loved ones, and it was a huge honor for me to get that feedback and response from people. As an artist, that is a huge accomplishment."


His song's music video for "Fighting Gravity" deals with a young boy that was diagnosed with a rare form of pediatric cancer. "It was a really powerful and haunting moment in my life, walking in that room and seeing the boy and his mother. I really wanted to tell that story and show people what I felt in that room," he said. "It was an amazing and wonderful experience to film that music video, since it took a life of its own."

Johnson's album Testify consisted mostly of songs that he co-wrote, and he listed the title track, "Let Me In" and "Devil's Daughter" as three of his favorites on there.

His first headlining tour will kick off on May 2 in Cherokee, North Carolina, which will be an exciting experience for Johnson. "Tickets are on sale now. It's going to be awesome I will be bringing these songs to life, and I will be bringing the rock and roll sound to the masses," he said.

On winning American Idol, he said, "It was a surreal experience. You are in a state of euphoria, where everything is going really fast, and you are trying to process it all. It was just a wild trip, but a lot of fun."

He listed Lzzy Hale from Halestorm, Lady Gaga, as well as the "Queen of Soul" Aretha Franklin as his dream female duet choices.

For more information on rock singer-songwriter Caleb Johnson, his Testify album and tour dates, check out his official website.