Caleb Johnson (singer)
|Birth name||Caleb Perry Johnson|
April 23, 1991 |
Johnson City, Tennessee, United States
|Genres||Rock, hard rock, heavy metal|
|Instruments||Vocals, guitar, piano|
|Associated acts||Elijah Hooker (lead singer)|
2010: Elijah Hooker
After high school, Caleb Johnson first joined a band called Rock Bottom as its lead singer. A year later in 2010 he joined his friend Josh Sawyer in rock band called Elijah Hooker and became its lead vocalist. 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.
Elijah Hooker released its self-titled debut album Elijah Hooker in June 2013. The 10-track album featured "Happiest Man" as its lead track.
2011-14: American Idol
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.
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
|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
|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|
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. It is the quickest an American Idol winner has released an debut album.
- with Elijah Hooker
- 2013: Elijah Hooker
- As Caleb Johnson
|Title||Details||Peak chart positions||Sales||Certifications
|2014||"As Long As You Love Me"||—||41||
- Release from "American Idol"
- "The Edge of Glory"
- "Dazed and Confused"
- "Chain of Fools"
- "Family Tree"
- "Sting Me"
- "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing"
- "Travelin' Band"
- Susan Reinhardt (30 May 2014). "A long way from home". Smoky Mountain Living.
- 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.
- "Elijah Hooker". Reverb Nation. Retrieved 23 May 2014.
- Marshall, Alli (9 May 2014). "Caleb Johnson: from Elijah Hooker to "American Idol"". Mountain Xpress. Retrieved 23 May 2014.
- Callan Gray (March 26, 2014). "Family of local American Idol contestant say third time's the charm". WCYB.com.
- Mansfield, Brian. "Caleb Johnson testifies about his debut album". USA Today. Retrieved August 15, 2014.
- "iTunes - Music - Caleb Johnson by Caleb Johnson". iTunes. Apple Inc. Retrieved 23 May 2014.
- Emily White (May 29, 2014). "Coldplay Collects Third No. 1 On Top Rock Albums". Billboard.
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