photo: Sparrow Records/19Colton Dixon's seventh-place elimination on Season 11 of "American Idol" was one of the most shocking "Idol" cuts of all time--before that jaw-dropping night, Colton had never been in the bottom three before, and he seemed to have all the total-package elements of a potential "Idol" champion. But all was not lost for Colton, who wisely refocused his eye on another prize: recording and releasing an album right away. "I started writing immediately; I knew I wanted to put out a record as soon as possible," Colton recalls. "I wrote something like 13 songs in 13 days. It was just nuts. I wrote about 50 songs for this record, since I was eliminated. I kept myself busy and kept myself working toward the end goal."
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