May 02, 2021

How Years After Winning American Idol, Singer-Songwriter Caleb Johnson Still Dreams On


Caleb Johnson is a Rock & Roll pastor, and with his new album, he’s ready to preach to his congregation once again. A rock musician who won season 13 of American Idol in resounding fashion, Caleb couldn’t be more proud of his upcoming album — Mojo Mountain Vol 1 — and more importantly, what it took to get there. 

On this episode of Moment 2 Moment, he breaks down the resilience it took to audition and be rejected for American Idol not once…not twice…but three times before he finally broke through. And most impressively, Caleb tells the UNBELIEVABLE-BUT-TRUE story of the single greatest dramatic moment in American idol Finale History…that you’ve NEVER heard before. Until now. 

Caleb also shares what it’s like to tour with icons the likes of Joan Jett to Cheap Trick, from the Trans-Siberian Orchestra to KISS. And most triumphantly, getting the personal nod from the Legend — Meatloaf himself — to perform his infamous songs from Bat Out of Hell. Whether him sharing about the first time he sang in front of an audience or divulging the truth about being on one of the most popular singing competition shows of all time, Caleb Jonson comes at this episode the way he does his music: with an unbridled, raw, and infectious energy that can’t help but make your jaw drop and feet stomp. 


Caleb Johnson is best known as the versatile rock singer who was crowned the winner of American Idol’s 13th season in 2014. Raised on a steady diet of classic hard rock and metal, had begun to make his name regionally as the frontman for Asheville rockers Elijah Hooker. At his parents’ suggestion, he had already auditioned for both the tenth and 11th seasons of Idol, making a respectable showing each year, but it wasn’t until the winter of 2014 that his impressive renditions of Aerosmith, Journey, and Rolling Stones songs vaulted him into the show’s final round — ultimately leading to an unforgettable victory. Capitalizing on the momentum from winning Idol, Johnson began working immediately with veteran producer Howard Benson (My Chemical Romance, Rascal Flatts) on his first solo release, which was written and recorded in an astounding three weeks. Citing Led Zeppelin, Queen, Meat Loaf, and Aretha Franklin as inspirations, his debut album, Testify, is a mix of hard, theatrical rock with soulful Southern influences, was released in August 2014 — cracking through the Top 10 on the US Rock charts. He followed that with his second album Born from Southern Ground. Johnson’s upcoming third album, Mountain Mojo, Vol. 1 on June 18, 2021 is available for pre-sale now at https://calebjohnsonofficial.com 

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