‘American Idol’ Finalist Colin Stough Shares Intimate Studio Moments In New Video
Stough is giving fans a look at the creative process behind “I Still Talk To Jesus.”
Colin Stough; Photo via YouTube
Colin Stough is taking fans inside the recording studio for a behind-the-scenes look at the making of his debut single, “I Still Talk To Jesus.”
In the just-released video clip, the Mississippi native is seen in the vocal booth adding his signature vocal flair to the introspective lyrics.
In between vocal takes, Stough shares memorable moments with the production team while putting the finishing touches on the song.
The video was filmed at The Sound Factory in Los Angeles by Joel Manduke and edited by Sam Megna of Joshua One Nine Productions LLC.
“I Still Talk To Jesus,” which was released on May 19, finds Stough grappling with life after the downfall of a relationship.
Co-written by Francisco Martin and Hank Compton, “I Still Talk To Jesus” finds the American Idol finalist leaning on his faith in the midst of a breakup. As he faces the intense loneliness in the aftermath of a love gone wrong, Stough turns to his relationship with Jesus to help him navigate this difficult time in his life.
“I still believe in the things that I make in my head / I still believe every word that you said / I know I’m better off without you / But I hate knowin’ it’s the same for you / I tell myself that I still need it / I just want something to believe in / I still talk to Jesus,” Stough sings on the tune’s chorus.
“I Still Talk To Jesus” was produced by DeStefano at The Sound Factory.
“Being able to record my own song. Man, it makes me feel really grateful. It’s definitely a phase in life I never thought I’d be able to see or be able to get to and now we’re here,” Stough previously shared.
Stough, who was dubbed “the Brad Pitt of country music” by Katy Perry, opened up about the song in a video on social media.
“Don’t Give Up”
“It really means to me about just finding that ear that’ll listen. Sometimes, whether it’s a ear you can see or is one you can not can always talk to Jesus, and it really hits me deep down in the heart,” he explained.
Stough says the overarching message of the song is simply, “don’t give up.”
“Especially in this generation, in this world, it’s really, really hard to keep going and still be able to find people that you can’t talk to. And it’s just a reminder that you always have that one source that’s always easy,” he acknowledged. “I want my listeners, whenever they listen to this song, I want ’em to feel that they’re not alone. That there are more people in the world out there that feel the same way you do, if not in the exact same way you do, or even worse than you do.”
The single comes just days after Colin Stough finished in third place on American Idol, behind Iam Tongi and Megan Danielle.
Colin Stough, an aspiring musician and horseback rider from Mississippi, wasa standout contestant on American Idol since he auditioned on for the show with Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Simple Man.”
At the time of his audition, Stough admitted, “this competition man, it could change my life.”
Re-Live His Audition
The Idol judges and America immediately fell in love with Stough’s impressive country vocals after hearing him sing “Simple Man.”
“Colin, you’ve got the magic in you… 100% and you got the stardust,” Katy Perry gushed, while Luke Bryan admitted, “that’s what American Idol is about, right there! I love it!”
Bryan later added, “[Colin is] exactly what we hope and dream for at American Idol.”
A Memorable Journey
For the next round, he performed “Stone” by Whiskey Myers. He also joined forces with Megan Danielle to cover Ed Sheeran’s “Dive.” His solo performance featured a cover of “Cold” by Chris Stapleton.
When in Hawaii, Stough once again impressed with a performance of “Midnight Train to Memphis” by The SteelDrivers. He advanced to the next round and for his Top 20 performance, he sang “Pretty Heart” by Parker McCollum.
In celebration of advancing to the next round, he performed “Dancing On My Own” by Robyn.
After performances his Top 12 performance of “Midnight Rider” by The Allman Brothers Band, Stough earned a spot in the Top 10 where he took the stage to perform “It’s Been Awhile.”
Next up, he had the opportunity to work with guest judge Alanis Morissette.
“Making it this far in the competition is still really hard to believe,” he admitted to her. “There’s nowhere else I really want to be in life than the Top 8 of American Idol. I was really nervous to sing her song in front of her, I’m either going to fail or fly, you know? I didn’t know how it was going to go.”
He took the stage to perform Morissette’s iconic “Hand In My Pocket” and earned praise from the judges.
“I love how you really rocked it at the end, but also how you gave it a different spin at the beginning because obviously it’s a song that everyone knows and you’re doing it in a way that makes it your own and then rocking out. So, yeah, it was brilliant,” guest judge Ed Sheeran told him.
He teamed up with Megan Danielle to perform an Ed Sheeran song as well.
During Disney Night, he turned heads by taking a risk with his performance of Sheryl Crow’s “Real Gone” from Disney’s Cars.
“We’ve been wanting you to get real comfortable all year and I didn’t realize that a Cars’ song was going to get you that pumped. That’s the most you really let loose, had fun… great song choice,” Luke Bryan told him. “I’m proud of everybody, y’all are growing… all of the contestants are getting better and better every week and man that was maybe my favorite performance that you’ve done. It was great!”
Additionally, he sang “Nobody Knows” from Pete’s Dragon. This was a smart song choice for the 18-year-old.
Luke Bryan complimented his ability to hold the attention of the room, while Katy Perry said “you could hear a pin drop” during his performance.
During the American Idol finale, Stough shared the stage with Luke Bryan. After the show, he reunited with his fellow Season 21 contestants in Nashville and teamed up with Noah Thompson for a surprise duet.
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