'American Idol's' Jason Castro on debut album: 'A real breathing, natural feel'
On "Jason Castro," your debut album, do you have favorite songs? Or is it too hard to choose?
Jason: We wrote over 50, 60 songs so [the songs on the album] are really my favorite songs I've written over the last couple years. As far as the album goes, it's a modern singer-songwriter album. It's acoustic bass, acoustic guitar and they're all real instruments, we recorded everything live, so it gives it a real breathing, natural feel.
"Somewhere Over the Rainbow" is probably your most recognizable "Idol" performance. Do you get requests for that a lot when you play gigs?
Jason: Yeah, there's a couple songs that people always want to hear. "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" is one of the songs that everybody just already knows. It's just a classic song and we all like to hear those things that are familiar. Playing the ukulele is always fun, it's like "Hallelujah," just timeless songs. And the good thing is I like to play those, like I'd still be playing those even without the "American Idol" performances.
Speaking of "Rainbow," you performed that for Jason Mesnick and Molly Malaney's wedding [from "The Bachelor"]. What was that like?
Jason: They were so kind. They were just grateful for us being there. We had a wonderful time. We'd run into each other in the hotel and they're just above and beyond grateful for everything. They had a beautiful wedding, they couldn't have celebrated in a better way. It was an amazing time, a beautiful resort, it was awesome.
Are you still in touch with any of the Idols?
Jason: Yeah, I keep in touch with a lot of people pretty regularly. With Twitter and Facebook, it really helps keep up with what people are doing. WE see if somebody says, "Hey, I'm in whatever city" and I just happen to be there and call each other up and try to catch dinner or whatever. David Archuleta texts me a lot, Brooke texted me the other day, I saw Michael Johns recently. I feel like on Twitter I'm having conversations with everybody all day. [laughs]
Jason's album is available now at his official site and on iTunes for download.