Not many Asheville natives appear in outer space, but Caleb Johnson, winner of the 13th season of "American Idol," has already proven he's an exceptional local.
Johnson's intergalactic appearance is courtesy of studio effects rather than a rocket ship, but the setting for his first music video for the song "Fighting Gravity" remains an impressive spectacle. In a sneak peak of the video, which will be released in its full length on March 24, the passionate pop singer belts out the lyrics at a grand piano in front of a glowing star formation. The video cuts to the interior of a spacecraft where a boy gazes out of the window.
When the full version debuts on Yahoo Music next week, it will reveal a poignant storyline. "The video was inspired by a personal experience I had this past year while visiting a family whose son had a rare but terminal form of pediatric cancer," Johnson said in a news release. "I wanted to create an emotional connection and raise awareness of a disease that tragically affects so many families."
In December, Johnson visited sick children at Mission Hospital, where he has said he decided to audition for "American Idol" while being treated after a car accident.
"Fighting Gravity" is the first song to receive the music video treatment from Johnson's debut album, "Testify," which came out last summer after his May "American Idol" victory.
Johnson will return home this spring to play a show at Harrah's Cherokee Hotel and Casino on Saturday, May 2. According to the press release, he will tour throughout the Southeast around that time, and those dates will be released soon at calebjohnsonofficial.com.