SOURCE: Atlantic Records

September 29, 2009 20:09 ET

Get Ready to Fall in Love Again With Jason Castro; Acclaimed Tunesmith Embarks on "Jason Castro Live" National Mall Tour; Cross Country Trek Supported by Interactive Music Television Network Akoo; First Single, "Let's Just Fall In Love Again," Earns Praise Before October Impact at CHR/Top 40 Radio Outlets

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - September 29, 2009) - Atlantic recording artist Jason Castro has unveiled plans for a national mall tour that will take the Texas-based tunesmith -- best known as the third runner-up on the 2008 season of Fox's "American Idol" -- across the country this fall. The "Jason Castro Live" tour begins on October 12th at Minneapolis' Southdale Center and continues through mid-November (see itinerary below). The cross-country trek will be supported by a national media campaign with Akoo, an interactive music television network reaching 868 million annual viewers across 150 top shopping malls.

The free performances will give fans a sneak peek at Jason's forthcoming debut album, which features the buoyant lead single, "Let's Just Fall In Love Again." Akoo will feature the single's companion video, as well as exclusive segments with Jason, at all of its mall locations. The interactive television network uniquely empowers fans to activate music programming on thousands of HD TV screens in food courts across the country -- free and on-demand -- via SMS text message or Akoo's mobile application.

"Let's Just Fall In Love Again" is already garnering tremendous feedback, having recently been included on Entertainment Weekly's influential "Must List," which praised Jason's "signature warble, jaunty whistles and claps, and affectionate lyrics," noting that the single "makes falling in love with (Castro) again oh-so-easy." "Let's Just Fall In Love Again" is available now via iTunes and will impact CHR/Top 40 radio outlets nationwide in mid-October. A companion video -- directed by Travis Kopach (Panic At The Disco, All Time Low, Jesse James) -- was recently shot in Los Angeles and is now in post-production with a premiere date to be announced shortly.

Pre-orders for Jason's album are available now through Jason's webstore. In addition to instantly receiving the "Let's Just Fall In Love Again" digital single, fans can also choose from a variety of packages that include bonus content ranging from a special fan plaque or an autographed limited edition poster to the opportunity to personally connect with Jason at either a special "Meet N Greet" or on a one-of-a-kind five-minute phone call. For complete details, please visit www.jasoncastromusic.com/store.

A multi-talented singer and guitarist, Castro was among the most popular and talented artists in "American Idol" history, entering the record books as the first contestant ever to play an instrument on the show. His performance of the Leonard Cohen-penned classic "Hallelujah" proved such an audience favorite that cult hero Jeff Buckley's rendition of the song hit #1 on the iTunes chart the following week, sold an astonishing 178,000 digital singles. Jason scored a chart-topping single of his own a few weeks later, when his interpretation of "Somewhere Over The Rainbow" also hit #1 on iTunes after a show-stopping performance of the song on "American Idol." Upon the season's conclusion, Castro was among the stars of the hugely successful "American Idols LIVE! Tour 2008."

For up-to-the-minute information, please visit www.jasoncastromusic.com

(TOUR ITINERARY BELOW)

                      JASON CASTRO LIVE
                      Presented By Akoo

         OCTOBER
         12  Minneapolis, MN      Southdale Center
         13  Chicago, IL          Gurnee Mills Mall
         15  Cleveland, OH        Great Lakes Mall
         18  White Plains, NY     Galleria at White Plains
         19  Freehold, NJ         Freehold Raceway Mall
         20  Washington, DC       Potomac Mills Mall
         23  Atlanta, GA          Discover Mills Mall
         27  Orlando, FL          Paddock Mall
         28  Tampa, FL            Gulf View Square Mall
         29  Miami, FL            Sawgrass Mills Mall

         NOVEMBER
         3   Houston, TX          Katy Mills Mall
         4   Dallas, TX           Grapevine Mills Mall
         12  Denver, CO           Colorado Mills Mall
         15  Ontario, CA          Ontario Mills Mall

            Additional Dates To Be Announced Later

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