Hanging Out with Jason Castro
I meet a lot of artists in this job. Rarely are they quite what you thought they would be. Jason Castro was no exception. I had the privilege of meeting Jason a month or two before Christmas last year. I don’t know why, I guess its cause I’ve never seen an episode of American Idol but had some preconceived ideas about the people on that show, but I thought he would be a bit of a diva. Wrong!
Jason was quiet and unassuming. He was here with his wife and record label rep. His wife spoke up more then he did initially. They were in the middle of a tour to radio stations and letting people know that Jason was coming out with a new album for the Christian market. They had traveled down from NY where they did an early morning show visit, drove down to Baltimore and then came to WGTS 91.9 studios around 5 in the afternoon. A long day of travel and work for sure. We decided to take a quick drive downtown to see the city and night and get to know each other a little bit better.
I learned a couple things that night with Jason. First of all, his foray in to Christian music is no publicity stunt. He has a strong faith and belief in his calling. It all starts and ends there for Jason. He is a pretty simple guy actually. He was super excited about the new church he and his wife had just found a couple months earlier after settling in Dallas. They told me stories about how they loved being involved in the small groups and sitting in the audience participating in the praise and worship music at their church. Who was this guy?! He’s not what I expected.
One other thing I learned about Jason is that he LOVES crepes. We found a restaurant in Georgetown and he was all sorts of excited for us to eat crepes. As we walked through Georgetown he got lots of looks. Who is that guy? I wouldn’t expect him to be hanging out eating crepes and talking college football. Jason took it all in stride. He never tried to make a big deal about himself and was just a cool guy to hang out with.
I saw him again a couple weeks ago when I happened to be in Dallas and swung by his church to see him. Again he was hanging out with his wife and singing praise songs to the glory of God. He has since bought himself a crepe maker and is hosting his small groups at their home. I can’t wait to see him again in April at the Family Fun Festival on April 10.
Here is a video from Jason about addressing music, fame and religion. I hope you get a sense of his heart and ask “Who is this guy so passionate about?”