'American Idol's' Jason Castro on debut album: 'A real breathing, natural feel'

jason-castro-320.jpg"American Idol" finalist Jason Castro's self-titled debut album drops Tuesday, April 13. He tells Zap2it about his favorite songs, playing for "The Bachelor" Jason and Molly's wedding and keeping in touch with fellow Idols.

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.

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