Caleb Johnson (singer)

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Caleb Johnson
Birth name Caleb Perry Johnson
Born (1991-04-23) April 23, 1991 (age 23)
Johnson City, Tennessee, United States
Genres Rock, hard rock, heavy metal
Occupations Singer
Instruments Vocals, guitar, piano
Years active 2010–present
Labels Interscope, 19
Associated acts Elijah Hooker (lead singer)

Caleb Perry Johnson (born April 23, 1991) is an American singer who rose to fame after winning the thirteenth season of American Idol.

Music career[edit]

2010: Elijah Hooker[edit]

After high school, Caleb Johnson first joined a band called Rock Bottom as its lead singer.[1] A year later in 2010 he joined his friend Josh Sawyer in rock band called Elijah Hooker and became its lead vocalist.[2] Sawyer is the lead guitarist of the band, the other members of the band included Brian Turner on Keyboard, Shawn Foerst on bass, and Colten Emery on drums.[3][4]

Elijah Hooker released its self-titled debut album Elijah Hooker in June 2013. The 10-track album featured "Happiest Man" as its lead track.[4]

2011-14: American Idol[edit]

Johnson auditioned for American Idol three times in four years. He first auditioned for the tenth season of American Idol in 2011. He was put through to Hollywood Week and was in a Hollywood group with James Durbin. In 2012, Johnson auditioned for the eleventh season and made it to the Top 42. He had difficulties in his performance of "Old Time Rock and Roll" and was cut at the Top 24 selection. He took the following year off from auditioning to improve on his stage presence.[5]

Johnson auditioned again in 2014 for the thirteenth season and made it to the top 20. In the semifinal round, he was voted by America into the top five male contestants, giving him a spot in the season's top 13. Johnson got positive feedback from the judges every week, had strong performances, and became the only finalist in the season to never land in the bottom 3 prior to reaching the finale. That season, Johnson was declared the winner.

Season 13 of American Idol[edit]

Episode Theme Song choice Original artist Order Result
Audition Auditioner's Choice "Into the Void" (original composition) Caleb Johnson N/A Advanced
Hollywood Round, Part 1 A Capella "Sympathy for the Devil" The Rolling Stones N/A Advanced
Hollywood Round, Part 2 Group Performance "Too Close"

with Tyler Ahlgren, Matthew Hamel, and CJ Harris

Alex Clare N/A Advanced
Hollywood Round, Part 3 Solo "Radioactive" Imagine Dragons N/A Advanced
Top 31 (10 Men) Personal Choice "Stay with Me" Faces 1 Advanced
Top 13 This Is Me "Pressure and Time" Rival Sons 13 Safe
Top 12 Home "Working Man" Rush 6
Top 11 Songs from the Cinema "Skyfall" Adele 7
Top 10 Billboard Top 10 "The Edge of Glory" Lady Gaga 6
Top 9 I'm with the Band! "Dazed and Confused" Jake Holmes 6
Top 8 Back to the Start Duet "Stop Draggin' My Heart Around"
with Jessica Meuse
Stevie Nicks & Tom Petty 5
Solo "Chain of Fools" Aretha Franklin 11
Top 8 Songs from the 1980s Solo "Faithfully" Journey 12
Duet "It's Only Love"
with Jena Irene
Bryan Adams & Tina Turner 5
Top 7 Competitors' Choice Duet "Gimme Shelter"
with Jena Irene
The Rolling Stones 6
Solo "Family Tree" Kings of Leon 1
Top 6 Rock 'n' Roll "Sting Me" The Black Crowes 5
Country "Undo It" Carrie Underwood 8
Top 5 America's Requests Solo "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing" Aerosmith 2
Duet "Beast of Burden"
with Jessica Meuse
The Rolling Stones 7
Solo "Still of the Night" Whitesnake 12
Top 4 Love Songs "You Give Love a Bad Name" Bon Jovi 1
"Travelin' Band" Creedence Clearwater Revival 5
"Maybe I'm Amazed" Paul McCartney 9
Top 3 Randy Jackson's Choice "Never Tear Us Apart" INXS 1
Judges' Choice "Demons" Imagine Dragons 4
Hometown's Choice "Dazed and Confused" Jake Holmes 7
Finale Simon Fuller's Choice "Dream On" Aerosmith 2 Winner
Reprisal Song "Maybe I'm Amazed" Paul McCartney 4
Winner's Single "As Long as You Love Me" Caleb Johnson 6

2014-present: Testify[edit]

Soon after Johnson won American Idol he started working on his debut album. The album was recorded in three weeks and Johnson collaborated with musicians such as Howard Benson, Aloe Blacc, Brian Howes, Blair Daly and James Michael. Testify was released on August 12, 2014.[6] It is the quickest an American Idol winner has released an debut album.


Studio albums[edit]

with Elijah Hooker
  • 2013: Elijah Hooker
As Caleb Johnson
Title Details Peak chart positions Sales Certifications
Testify[7] [8]
  • Released: August 12, 2014
  • Label: Interscope, 19
  • Formats: CD, digital download
24 9


Year Song Peak positions Sales Album
2014 "As Long As You Love Me" 41
  • US: 10,000[9]
"Only One"
Release from "American Idol"


  1. ^ Susan Reinhardt (30 May 2014). "A long way from home". Smoky Mountain Living. 
  2. ^ Bronson, Fred (20 March 2014). "'American Idol' Season 13: Caleb Johnson Outlines His Rock 'n' Roll Childhood Education". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 21 March 2014. 
  3. ^ "Elijah Hooker". Reverb Nation. Retrieved 23 May 2014. 
  4. ^ a b Marshall, Alli (9 May 2014). "Caleb Johnson: from Elijah Hooker to "American Idol"". Mountain Xpress. Retrieved 23 May 2014. 
  5. ^ Callan Gray (March 26, 2014). "Family of local American Idol contestant say third time's the charm". 
  6. ^ Mansfield, Brian. "Caleb Johnson testifies about his debut album". USA Today. Retrieved August 15, 2014. 
  7. ^ "iTunes - Music - Caleb Johnson by Caleb Johnson". iTunes. Apple Inc. Retrieved 23 May 2014. 
  8. ^
  9. ^ Emily White (May 29, 2014). "Coldplay Collects Third No. 1 On Top Rock Albums". Billboard. 

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Preceded by
Candice Glover
American Idol winner
Succeeded by