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‘American Idol Live!’ lands at the Mann Tuesday

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STORY WRITTEN BY RITA CHARLESTON
For 21st Century Media

The 41-show tour of TV’s popular “American Idol” show stops at the Mann Center For the Performing Arts on July 15. The tour gives fans the chance to get up close and personal with Season 13 finalists, including the winner, Caleb Johnson.
Johnson, who is from North Carolina, said he’s having a “blast” touring with the Idols, who get along great together, today are almost like a family, and have been jamming on and offstage, and meeting the fans. “That’s a big honor to have people come out to see you. It’s really awesome,” he said.
Before trying out for Idol, Johnson was singing with a band. “But I decided to audition because I’ve always wanted a career in music and realized this was one of the platforms that could do it for me.”

"American Idol Live!" Submitted photo

“American Idol Live!”
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And so it has. Johnson will release his new album, “Testify,” on Aug. 12, marking the fastest turnaround in Idol history.
“For me, music is such a spiritual thing, almost like a religious experience that I compare to a church revival, almost like you‘re testifying to God. That‘s the meaning behind the title,“ he explains.
“It’s been a crazy time for me,“ he said. “I’ve been going back and forth from the American Idol Live! tour to the studio to put the finishing touches on my album. But I wouldn’t have it any other way. Having the crowd behind us every night on this tour with such a continuous flow of energy is a blast. And so is creating my very own album.”
But doesn’t traveling by bus and making what amounts to one-night stands the road create any challenges?
“No,” he answers without hesitation. “Of course there are times I miss my family but if you love what you’re doing, then nothing is too touch. For me this is heaven, my dream come true. So I’m loving every minute of everything I’m doing. I really love making music. And I only hope I can continue to do it for the rest of my life.”
The American Idol Live! Tour comes to the Mann Center for The Performing Arts on Tuesday, July 15. at 7:30 p.m. For tickets visit www.mannmusiccenter.org.

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