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by Justin Farrar

August 22, 2014

Celebrity Playlist: Caleb Johnson

by Justin Farrar  |  August 22, 2014

Caleb Johnson's star is on the rise. After winning the 13th season of American Idol thanks to his soulfully robust pipes, the up-and-coming hard rocker released Testify earlier this month, his debut full-length for the 19 Recordings imprint. Littered with musky howls, chunky guitar riffs and driving rhythms, the album serves as a showcase for Johnson's love of vintage rock and soul styles. Rhapsody recently caught up with Johnson, who was generous enough to put together a Celebrity Playlist for our subscribers.

The playlist features many of the singer’s musical heroes. “My musical influences come from many different genres from the last five decades,” he explains. “Some may be favorite rock songs, while others may simply be great songs that inspired me to become a singer. They are in no particular order, because on any given day any of these could be a favorite.” As you’d expect, Johnson loves the classics: Aretha Franklin, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Otis Redding, Rush, Sly & the Family Stone, Creedence Clearwater Revival, et al. But he also finds time to enjoy new music from the likes Kings of Leon, Adele and Rival Sons. To listen to all of Johnson's personal favorites, simply press play!

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