:::By Jeannie Law
Former “American Idol” contestant Jason Castro cut off his famous locks and rededicated his life to Jesus after success drew him further away from his faith. Now married and a father to a baby girl, the young singer spends his time offering the hope of God to others.
After leaving Idol in fourth place, in 2008, Castro had a No.1 international hit. Then like a strike of lightening, he disappeared from the pop music scene in a flash.
Castro told CBN that loneliness began to take a toll on him, and being away from his family and his church took him in a direction away from God. He also admitted that he had been struggling with physical exhaustion, “It started to feel a little meaningless. Why am I doing this? To make a name for myself? To make some money? I started to really have a longing to have more God in my life,” Castro said.
“I struggled to stay close to God on the road. I wanted more God in my life and as a part of that I wanted more God in my music,” he continued.
“I go t to this point where I realized God doesn’t want me to do anything on my own. He wants me to give it all to Him and trust Him with everything. And you know it really changed everything for me to kind of let go of everything and realize that God can take care of it,” Castro mirrored.
The 27-year-old became involved with the I Am Second campaign, in which he gave his testimony. A few years later Castro released his first Christian album, Only a Mountain, and although he does not have the same mainstream publicity, Castro now tours with some of the biggest names in Christian music such as TobyMac, Matthew West, and The Sidewalk Prophets.
During the interview with CBN Castro spoke of his departure from his staple long dreadlocks.
“Well, I felt like it was time for a change. Once I cut it I’m like, ‘Oh, this is what it feels like to run your fingers through your hair,'” Castro said.
Castro said he now uses the platform from Hollywood to spread the love of God around the world. The now father and husband spends much of his time overseas working as a spokesperson for the charities, Malaria No More and helping with Roma Boots, a nonprofit providing boots to children in need.
As for the future Castro said,” I don’t know what the future holds for Jason, but there will always be music.”