It’s been nearly six months since Season 11 of American Idol took its bow, but we still get fleeting visions of Colton Dixon’s glorious faux hawk ever now and then.

So what is this Christian rock-loving fan favorite up to these days?

Despite finishing seventh on Idol, Colton’s done very well for himself! He’s currently signed to Sparrow Records, an imprint of EMI Christian Music Group, and dropped his debut album, A Messenger, on January 29. Aside from winner Phillip Phillips and runner-up Jessica Sanchez, Colton is the only other Season 11 contestant to snag a recording deal so far.

His first single, “You Are,” is currently available on iTunes.

“I think it’s going to be a good variety of music for whoever wants to listen,” said Colton Dixon to The Hollywood Reporter about his debut. “I’ve been writing non-stop since I was eliminated.”

Since its release, A Messenger has topped both the Billboard Gospel and Christian charts in the US, and it debuted at number 15 on the Billboard Hot 200. Colton is currently on tour with fellow Christian band Third Day.

Listen to “You Are” in its entirety below!

Credit: YouTube Photo: American Idol Alum Colton Dixon Premieres Brand New Single "You Are"