Beautiful Jason Castro has hit a milestone in his entertainment career, his myspazz site has registered 1,000,000,000 song plays and he's riding at over five and a half million profile views. That's phenomenal for a kid that this time last year had performed a handful of times live. Go over and increase those numbers, show your support for Jason with visiting the site and listening to his tunes.
Jason Castro possesses a multi-dimensional appeal, a big positive, for me at least, his staying 'grounded'. He's staying real, not forgetting who he is - that realism in the face of what would turn most people's egos upside down is commendable and admirable. (His Momma and Daddy did a great job.) On his myspazz site he writes in his 'About' section:
"...that is I...haha welcome to the space! you've caught me in a strange time...most of you probably know me from the show American Idol. i came in fourth place this last season and i am now on a nation wide tour playing in sold out arenas and i've never even released an album... isnt that rediculous?! haha so strange but i must say, its pretty fantastic! haha that is the amazing wonder of american idol, and that is where im at right now! traveling the country getting to meet all the lovely people who've had my back these last few months."
What hits me is that last line - "the lovely people who've had my back these last few months". Jason Castro realizes what will make him successful: the fans. Thing is with Castro he's leading like an everyman guy next door who has a gift that other people recognize. Jason Castro is coming out of that fishbowl of a reality show with both his feet on the ground of reality. It is so cool to see that.
I love his weekly 'date nights' in which he vlogs to the fans. He made a promise to the fans to do this and he keeps his word. The vlogs are not long, he doesn't try and wax egotistical or self-important. Jason just talks to the camera like he'd talk to his real life family or friends. It is paying off, for him. These early days of a career are the days to give to the fans, because as 'Karma' tells us, what you give is what you'll get. There's that adage, you will reap what you've sown, and Jason Castro is sowing all kinds of love, all kinds of goodwill and all kinds of great, sweet vibes.
Hell, at the rate he's going the guy may one day have the kind of success that everyone in the music biz dreams big about having. Thing is, if he doesn't I know it won't crush him. He's reminding me very much of Frank Marino (Mohogany Rush). Frank still gives to his fans and to this day has the kind of career he wants - on his terms. I hope for at least that level of success for Jason.
"If I Fell" Jason Castro on A.I.
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Since I mentioned Frank Marino here's a video shot by a fan. He tours Dallas every Fall and I always love to go hear me some Frank! Check out Frank wailing some Blues guitar HERE. Just awesome.
Frank Marino, "Stories of a Hero"
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