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Jason Castro / Press

““And suddenly I see the face of this guy with dreads and I listened to him singing the song and thought ‘Oh my God, this is amazing.” - Harrison Reiner, Producer of Amar a Morir”

“. . . a radical alternative to the howling bombast that had been the hallmark of Fox's reality juggernaut for six previous seasons, and in less than two minutes, changed the Idol game forever.”

“His versions of Gnarls Barkley's "Crazy" and the Lovin' Spoonful's "Daydream" were similarly stripped down and excellent testaments to minimalism.”

“His voice has been described as smooth and airy, unusual, creative. He takes risks with inflection, and for that, his sound is recognizable.”

“A Half-Dozen Cool Things in Music: #1: Jason Castro. His covering Gnarls Barkley's "Crazy" at the "American Idols Live" concert was hip, modern, unexpected and so un-"Idol." It's no wonder they didn't get him on that show.”

“[He] just stood out. He seems incapable of doing anything forced or unauthentic. … And his “Hallelujah”? Damn. ... and to do it that kind of justice — only a couple of weeks, I might add, before Leonard Cohen was inducted into the Rock Hall — well, that was it. Jeff Buckley was smiling.”

"..it only took a few minutes for folk-rocker Jason Castro to establish a delightful laid-back hippie-dude persona and showcase the kind of sweet, bombast-free vocals that rarely, if ever, make an appearance on the Idol stage."

“While the others play to pre-fab pop music characters, Castro could claim credit as the night's true original.”

“… he performed a low-key, charming version originated by Hawaiian star Israel Kamakawiwo'ole, complete with ukulele, and once again (as with Hallelujah) he pulled off the night's most unlikely outstanding performance. ”