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Jason Castro Gets “Crazy” on Billboard.com

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American Idol alum, Jason Castro is the latest artist to take part in Billboard.com's "Mashup Mondays." The series allows music artists  to show their range and interpretation of certain song from a different genre of music. Like a rock band covering a pop song, or in this case, Jason Castro covering Gnarls Barkley's 2006 hit, "Crazy." Much like what Castro accomplished on his run on American Idol, he took "Crazy" and stripped it down using an acoustic guitar and put a folk spin on an eclectic soul type of song. Jason Castro

"I just thought it was a new sound, a refreshing sound," the Texan native told Billboard.com. "Their music is really an experience, it kind of takes you on a journey. I'm very fond of that journey."

For those who don't know, "Crazy" was actually the song that Castro auditioned with for season seven of American Idol. The performance was never seen, due to the show not being able to get clearance for the song. Fans finally got to see Castro perform the song during the "American Idols LIVE!" 2008 summer tour.

The song "Crazy" peaked at number two on the Billboard Hot 100 charts in 2006 and was the first single off of Gnarls Barkley's "St. Elsewhere" album.

The pop/folk sound that people love about Castro remains on his post-Idol EP, Love Uncompromised. The EP climbed to number nine on the Digital Albums chart earlier this year. His full-length, self-titled album, will be released on April 13.

For more information on Jason Castro, please visit his website. Check out new and past Mashup Mondays at Billboard.com.

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About Kirsten Coachman

Kirsten Coachman is an Entertainment Writer from the San Francisco Bay Area. She has interviewed a variety of people from across the entertainment spectrum, including singer-songwriter/Matchbox Twenty frontman Rob Thomas, Andrew Dost from the Grammy Award-winning band fun., singer-songwriter Christina Perri, and acclaimed writer-director Derek Cianfrance.