Jason Castro Performs In Texas And He Is “Crazy” Good!

Y‘all are not going to believe this, but does this sound like the shy, timid Jason Castro of American Idol fame?

Below, you will hear and see a new and improved Jason perform the Gnarls Barkley hit, “Crazy”. Listen to his soulful vocals – the timbre is so rich and full, it resonates freely throughout the room. He has obviously grown and matured as an artist and has fully internalized a much needed boost of confidence in his stellar vocal ability.

His voice sounds so open and focused now and, as a voice teacher, I fully appreciate and applaud how hard he has worked to further refine the technical projection of his voice. He loves those pure vowels now – cherishes them, actually – and he cohesively molds his voice throughout the melodic line with increased assurance and consistency.

But, it is the nucleus of his soul that I feel more than anything else in this performance. This is a sensitive and intuitive young man and I am so happy that his career is continuing to move forward, as it deservedly should!

Special thanks to ReReader for making me aware of this video! 🙂

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Rosanne (Giallonardo) Simunovic began her musical career in Timmins, Ontario. She studied piano with Anne Pizzale and later, at an advanced level, with Soeur Anita Vaugeois (Sister Cecile of Les Soeurs De L’Assomption in Timmins). Her vocal and accompaniment skills were nurtured by her aunt, the late Dorothea Mascioli. When Rosanne graduated from O’Gorman High School, she moved on to the University of Toronto where she continued her piano and vocal studies while attaining a Bachelor of Arts Degree. She was hired as a piano accompanist for several musical companies, most notably, the National Ballet Of Canada. She presently holds an A.R.C.T. Teacher’s Diploma in Voice from the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. Rosanne has studied choral conducting with numerous well known Canadian Conductors, including Wayne Riddell of Montreal, Quebec and the internationally renowned Dr. Elmer Iseler. She has been a founding member of numerous community-based arts organizations: the Timmins Arts Council, later known as Arts & Culture Timmins, the Timmins Symphony Orchestra, and, the Timmins Youth Singers…as well as the TYS Alumnus choir, the Timmins Concert Singers. In 1987, she was also selected to be the conductor of the Timmins Board Of Education Choir, comprised of talented students from Grades 5 to 8. In 1988, she was elected to the Board Of Directors of the Ontario Choral Federation (now known as Choirs Ontario), where she served as Chair of the Festivals Committee for six consecutive seasons. In 1996, in honour of the Ontario Choral Federation’s 25th Anniversary, Rosanne was selected as one of 25 recipients of the OCF’s Distinguished Service Award for outstanding contribution to the choral art. The ceremony was presided by Lieutenant Governor, Hal Jackman. In November 1997, Rosanne Simunovic was selected by the Rotary Club Of Timmins to receive the prestigious Paul Harris Award for her years of dedication to the artistic development of young musical talent in Timmins. In August of 2002, Rosanne Simunovic was selected by the Board Of Directors of Choirs Ontario to serve as Conductor of both the Provincial Junior and Teen Choir Camps, now renamed in honour of the Camp Benefactors, Don and Lillian Wright. In November 2002, Rosanne was the one of the recipients of the Commemorative Medal for the Golden Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II, honouring her work in the development of the arts in Timmins. Under Rosanne Simunovic’s direction, the Timmins Youth Singers and the Timmins Concert Singers have been featured in numerous choral festivals and performing opportunities outside of Timmins. In 1985, they were selected to partici

8 Responses to “Jason Castro Performs In Texas And He Is “Crazy” Good!”

  1. Thanks for the great review, MCL!
    It really is amazing how far Jason has come in such a short time.
    Have you seen the videos of his new songs from the A&M show? They’re incredible! I love them!

    I’ll Wait For You:

    Matter Of Time:



  2. MCL, I am so happy to read these wonderful words of praise. There is no one this year that moves me like Jason did last year! He was one of the reasons I saw the concert tour.

    Oh, there are several talented singers in Season 8, but I have no real desire to see the concert tour. I do see Adam having success beyond AI; maybe in more than one arena of entertainment.

    ReReader, I can’t view the video right now, but maybe I will when I get back to my daughter’s house. It is on my “to do” list!

    Did I say how happy I am to hear Jason is growing both personally and as a singer!


  3. MCL – I posted this a while back but I don’t know if you ever saw it. I thought I’d re-post it just in case. This is courtesy of the one and only David Archuleta.

    Here’s “My Hands” performed on March 7, 2009!

    Your original criticism on this song was not being able to understand the lyrics. In this performance, the lyrics and concept of the song were much easier for me to understand. Patricularly watch for the crowd interaction and listen to the ending! Your thoughts?


  4. My very great pleasure, MCL! There are also downloads for most of the set he performed at Texas A&M; you can find them here:

    I’ve been very impressed with Jason’s rapid growth as a performer and as a composer–thanks for putting my feelings into words in such a thoughtful way.


  5. masterclasslady April 4, 2009 at 10:14 pm

    I most definitely will Kirsten. It’s late now, but I will listen and comment tomorrow. Thanks so much.


  6. masterclasslady April 4, 2009 at 10:16 pm

    You are welcome Rereader. It really helps when fans send me information. My days are so full that I have little time to surf the web for new and interesting material. So, thank you for researching these Jason performances. I really appreciate this so much.


  7. Jason was my favorite last season and I miss him this season. He was a true amateur but I knew he possessed something very special. I heard it straight off the jump with Daydream.

    He is quite the song writer too.

    Just wait until his cd is out. I fully believe he is going to pull a Daughtry and be the best selling Idol from season 7. He is fresh, now, current and no one sounds like Jason Castro.


  8. YAY! I got to hear Jason’s song! Now, he sang this on tour, right? The reason I ask is that there were so many girls screaming, I wasn’t quite sure. Hahaha…

    Thank you ReReader!


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