Jason Castro Performs His New Single On The Ellen Show

Jason Castro

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American Idol Season 7 singer, the very talented Jason Castro, stopped by the Ellen Show  today to perform his single, “That’s What I’m Here For” from his new debut album.

As always, Jason sang from his heart in the customary laidback style that we have all come to know and love.

He may not be the most technically perfect singer , but what he lacks in technical finesse,  he makes up in his openly communicative performing style.

Jason performs with  honesty and enormous respect for the emotional core within his lyrics.

And he exudes an enormous charisma and presence on stage that is hard to beat. I am so happy that he is living his dream and I can only envision continued success for this talented young artist. 

Congratulations, Jason! Now, drop that jaw!

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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

9 Responses to “Jason Castro Performs His New Single On The Ellen Show”

  1. my votes are always with him


  2. Your last comment makes me laugh because every time I see Jason perform (and I’ve seen him live a few times because he comes to my city on every tour) I think the same thing! If only he’d drop his jaw, his sound would be so much better and he wouldn’t be straining to reach notes. He’s a great song writer but I worry that he will not be able to preserve his voice with the technique (or lack of proper technique) he uses.


  3. Thanks, MCL! I really love this album–and “That’s What I’m Here For” is my favorite song off it. We don’t see/hear enough songs about friendship and support.

    (And I sure hope he pays attention to you, LOL!)


  4. I’m not clicking to watch yet cuz Ellen does not come on in my neck of the woods until this afternoon at 4. Somehow I wanna see it on tv but I am very excited about it. Jason and his music has filled my life in the past two and a half years with happiness, excitement and simply “life”. I don’t think I am able to go through a long year of being away from my husband deployed to Africa without Jason and his music. I too am very happy that he is living his dream. He is hard working and very deserving of everything and where he is right now as a talented artist, singer/songwriter. His voice soothes my soul and even with the absense of technique, he is still very effective. He touches you to the core. Thanks for your wonderful review.


  5. I love That’s What I’m Here For, and was thrilled to see him sing it on The Ellen Show.
    I agree with the above, we need more songs about “friendship and support”.

    Your review of Jason’s performance is spot on!

    Also, agree with you, and hope he “pays attention” to singing technique.


  6. Jason sings from his heart to mine and so few artists can move me the way Jason does.

    What Jason lacks in technical prowness, he more than makes up with his unique phrasing and deep connection to the meaning and lyrics of the song. All the runs in the world can not touch the soul the way Jason’s little catches and phrasing does.


  7. Thank you MCL. Jason is a unique artist who pours his soul into every song and grabs your heart each time. He and his songs are what’s sorely needed in the music world today.


  8. Check out my Ellen DeGeneres song!


  9. you mean like this “drop your jaw”
    this was at the cd release party while he was singing “Changing Colors” a song btw that I LOVE. Thank you for your cont. support, you rock.


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