Has there ever been a time in your life where you felt that everything was going so well that you just sort of cruised along thinking nothing would ever go wrong? Perhaps it is a succession of job promotions and salary increases that are based on some innovative idea you came up with. Or maybe you are in a relationship that just seems perfect. You are the ideal compliment for each other. You find you are finishing each other’s sentences and that you agree on absolutely everything. Everything you touch seems to turn to gold.
If you are that person we applaud you. But as most people will attest, such good fortune can be fleeting. And it is in these moments that God is often doing a work in you that will make you stronger, wiser, and eventually more prosperous. But learning to trust what can be a painful process often leads to many sleepless nights due to the fear and anxiety you are facing.
Our guest this week, is someone who has spent time on the highest peaks but has also walked through some of the deepest valleys.
Just out of high school, Colton Dixon auditioned and eventually became a Top 7 finalist on American Idol, one of the most successful and long-running programs in television history. From there, he released three number one contemporary Christian albums that were so successful that his music has been streamed over 100 million times online. For Colton’s efforts, he was rewarded with two Dove Awards.
But then, Colton’s record label dropped him. This unexpected roadblock in his career created many questions and doubts. So many in fact, that he considered giving up on his music career. Colton soon realized that he had been taking God’s gifts for granted and he didn’t have an appreciation for what his future held. Fortunately, his wife kept him in constant prayer and continually reminded him to trust God in the uncertainty of his career.
We are happy to report that Colton eventually signed a new record deal and in 2020 released a new EP that hit number one on the Billboard Christian charts. And, did we mention that he has recently started acting and had a guest spot on a new Pure Flix comedy series called Live & Local.
Colton joins us on the Crossmap Podcast to share what pulled him through his dark days after being dropped by his record label. Listen as he describes his “process” that prepared him for his acting debut on the Pure Flix series Live & Local, and he shares the story behind his latest song “Build a Boat”. We even talk about what it takes to win the coveted “Dundee Award”.