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Colton Dixon Talks Elvis and His Influence on Gospel Music While Touring Graceland

April 08, 2013

Christian rocker and former American Idol contestant Colton Dixon took the rock 'n' roll pilgrimage to Elvis Presley's Graceland on Friday, April 5, 2013. Hear how Elvis influenced Colton's pursuit of gospel music in our new video (above), plus check out Colton featured as this week's photo spotlight!

After making appearances in both season 10 and 11 of American Idol, Colton pursued his gospel music career and largely credits Elvis for paving the way for artist like himself. In January of 2013, Dixon released his debut album "A Messenger," which sold 22,000 copies in its first week. It debuted at #15 on the Billboard Hot 200, #1 on the U.S. Christian Chart and #1 on the U.S. Gospel Chart.

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