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March 30, 2015 -- Season 13 American Idol Winner CALEB JOHNSON has announced his first-ever headline tour which is set to begin Saturday, May 2nd with a hometown show at Harrah’s Casino in Cherokee, North Carolina. The tour will wind throughout the Southeast during the month of May. Prior to the tour kick off, Caleb will perform his new single, “Fighting Gravity” at the Cherry Blossom Parade in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, April 11 and will perform at the 2015 National Memorial Day Parade in DC on Monday, May 25. The National Memorial Day Parade is America’s largest Memorial Day event in honor of those who have sacrificed while in service to our country with more than 250,000 spectators and a live national television audience. All confirmed tour dates listed below.

Last week, Caleb premiered his first official music video for his song “Fighting Gravity” with Yahoo Music, which can be viewed here: bit.ly/FightingGravityVid along with a special behind the scenes interview with Caleb about the making of the video here: bit.ly/FightingGravityBTS

This poignant piece was inspired by a real life experience and conceptualized by Caleb, along with Mark Staubach (American Authors, Travie McCoy, Dirty Heads) who also directed the video. Caleb explains: “The video was inspired by a personal experience I had this past year while visiting a family whose son had a rare but terminal form of pediatric cancer. Using “Fighting Gravity” as the musical backdrop, I wanted to create an emotional connection and raise awareness of a disease that tragically affects so many families. I hope people will be inspired to lend support to people they know that are going through similar experiences.”

”Fighting Gravity,” co-written by Caleb, Brian Howes & Lenny Skolnik, is the first official video release from his TESTIFY album. The album features 10 tracks produced by Howard Benson (Bon Jovi, My Chemical Romance, Gavin DeGraw) with Caleb backed by the furious playing of Jane’s Addiction bassist Chris Chaney, former Nine Inch Nails/Guns N’ Roses drummer Josh Freese, and guitarist Phil X (Rob Zombie and Tommy Lee).

In addition, Caleb has joined forces with the organization, DoSomething.org for its “Patient Playbooks” campaign in conjunction with the release of “Fighting Gravity.” “Patient Playbooks encourages young people to make activity books for children in hospitals to brighten their stay. To sign up and download a playbook template, visit DoSomething.org/FightingGravity

May Tour dates:

5/2/15 - Harrah’s Casino (Cherokee, NC)
5/3/15- Terminal West (Atlanta, GA) - http://bit.ly/CJTourAtlanta
5/4/15-The Foundry (Athens, GA) -http://bit.ly/CJTourAthens
5/5/15-Soul Kitchen (Mobile, AL)
5/7/15-Music Farm Colombia (Columbia, SC)
5/8/15-Amos’ Southland (Charlotte, NC)
5/9/15-The Basement (Columbus, OH)
5/10/15-Jammin Java (Vienna, VA)
5/16/15-Cone Denim Entertainment (Greensboro, NC)
5/17/15-Music Farm (Charleston, SC)
5/19/15- WorkPlay Theatre (Birmingham, AL)
5/20/15-Exit/ln (Nashville, TN)
5/22/15-Mercury Ballroom (Louisville, KY)
5/23/15-Altar Bar (Pittsburgh, PA)
5/27/15-Lincoln Theatre (Raleigh, NC)

For full touring info, please visit: CalebJohnsonOfficial.com.

Yahoo Premiere Spotlight: http://bitly.com/FightingGravityYahooPremiere

TESTIFY is now available on iTunes: http://bit.ly/TestifyAlbumiTunes

Fighting Gravity [Official Music Video Teaser]: http://bit.ly/FightingGravityTeaser
Testify on iTunes: http://bit.ly/TestifyAlbumiTunes
Fighting Gravity on iTunes: http://bit.ly/FightingGravityiTunes
Testify on Spotify: http://bit.ly/TestifyAlbumSpotify
Fighting Gravity on Spotify: http://bit.ly/FightingGravitySpotify
Testify Available Now Teaser on YT: http://bit.ly/TestifyAvailNowYT

Website: http://www.CalebJohnsonOfficial.com
FB: https://www.facebook.com/IdolCalebJohnson
Twitter: http://twitter.com/CalebJohnson
YT Channel: http://www.youtube.com/CalebJohnsonOfficial
Instagram: https://instagram.com/calebjohnson/

DoSomething.org makes the world suck less. One of the largest global orgs for young people and social change, our 3.5 million members tackle campaigns that impact every cause, from poverty to violence to the environment to literally everything else. Any cause, anytime, anywhere. *mic drop.


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In the tradition of rock & roll’s most iconic performers, Caleb Johnson turns his own passion and unrest into music with a fierce and gut-punching but wildly uplifting emotional power. Winner of the thirteenth season of American Idol, the 23-year-old North Carolina native has already electrified audiences of millions with his commanding vocals and a fiery energy that honors his longtime love of hard rock and heavy metal. Now on his first album Testify—a bombastic yet undeniably soulful debut whose title nods to its revival-like spirit—Johnson further proves his vitality as a vocalist while also revealing his dynamic sense of genre-bending songwriting.

Throughout Testify, Johnson—a lifelong music obsessive equally inspired by the Southern soul of Aretha Franklin and Otis Redding, the classic rock of Led Zeppelin and Queen, and the heavy metal of Iron Maiden and Judas Priest—flaunts his versatility by tearing through brutal and blistering barnburners, blues-soaked rock numbers, and heart-on-sleeve ballads with an unstoppable intensity. Johnson co-wrote nearly every song on the album, heading into the studio soon after claiming his Idol victory and working nonstop to bring Testify’s boundary-blurring but wholly unified sound to life. “After the show there was this great momentum going, so I wanted to keep that up and get writing and bang out as many songs as I could,” explains Johnson, who enlisted Howard Benson (Rascal Flatts, The All-American Rejects, My Chemical Romance) as producer on Testify. “The whole process was really organic and spontaneous, and what ended up coming through were songs that are powerful and dramatic and sometimes theatrical, but always with this totally visceral feeling to them.”

Written and recorded in just three frenetic weeks, Testify harnesses the feverish energy of the album-making process and intensifies it with Johnson’s stunning vocals and the furious playing of Jane’s Addiction bassist Chris Chaney, former Nine Inch Nails/Guns N’ Roses drummer Josh Freese, and guitarist Phil X (a multi-instrumentalist who’s previously played with Rob Zombie and Tommy Lee). Just as Johnson’s vocal performance showcases his staggering range, Testify affirms his chameleon-esque ability to take on so many subgenres of rock & roll with ferocity and ease. Songs like “Sailing Away” (a full-on, awesomely escapist rock anthem built on lead-heavy riffs and pile-driving rhythm) find Johnson matching each shredding guitar solo with soaring vocal flights, while the aching piano ballad “Fighting Gravity” and the huge-hearted, acoustic-guitar-laced “Only One” illuminate his more tender side. On the smoldering “Save Me,” swampy guitar tones and bluesy grooves tangle with gospel-like harmonies as Johnson gives his own twist on the age-old lyrical plea for redemption (“Save me/Save half of my soul”). And with “Let Me In” (featuring Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings’ formidable horn section), Testify transforms into an all-out Stax-style explosion with Johnson gloriously taking the helm as a powerhouse preacher of soul.

While Johnson was raised on rock & roll—thanks mainly to his Aerosmith-loving mom—it wasn’t until his late teens that he began thrilling audiences with his Freddie Mercury-inspired vocal stylings. Johnson’s singing breakthrough happened at a high school talent show in his hometown of Asheville, when his performance of a Creedence Clearwater Revival song left the crowd floored. “When I heard the audience erupt, it just gave me the chills and I realized that making music was what I wanted to do with my life,” he says. “After that, I started singing every day and just immersed myself in the craft of performing and tried to hone that in. It was completely my passion.” Forming his first band in 2010 and spending the next few years touring regionally and cutting an album, Johnson made his way onto the thirteenth season of American Idol and eventually seized his victory by reworking songs from the likes of Led Zeppelin, The Black Crowes, Faces, and the Rolling Stones with his deeply passionate delivery.

As he moves forward with his music on Testify, Johnson notes a guiding principle of his songwriting is to build off his Southern roots with sounds and textures discovered through his years of exploring all strains of rock & roll. “Being from the South is something that gets into your blood and your soul, and I think that comes out very clearly in my music,” he says. Also fascinated by the over-the-top vocals and macabre imagery of heavy metal—and with ambitions of someday diving into film-directing and making a movie that honors his loves of rock & roll and horror—Johnson tempers his more unbridled influences with a sense of songcraft inspired by seminal melodists like Bernie Taupin and Paul McCartney. The result, as heard on Testify, is a breed of rock music that’s fresh but timeless, with extraordinary staying power. “There’s a lot of different flavors in these songs—the old-school blues jams and the straight-up, church-of-rock-and-roll-type songs and the stripped-down ballads—and the thing they have in common is they’re all done with total conviction and soul,” says Johnson of Testify. “I think you can really feel that shining through on the album, and to put all those songs out into the world and know that I’ll have them with me until the day I die is such an amazing feeling.”

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